Thursday, March 24, 2016

Go to Switzerland Without Leaving America. Really.

The Frau learned something recently:

This is America, Yodelers.


Insert moment of silence.

Don't worry, The Frau is still trying to believe this is America too. 

Fondue. Roesti. Ticino Pizzeria. Chalets. Restaurant doors that say Eingang. Hiking paths. Someone walking a Bernese mountain dog. A shop owner from Thun. Raclette cheese store. Emmi cheeses. Edelweiss Hemds. Swiss German speakers attempting to have a Ruhezeit in a hotel pool/whirlpool area where there is no Ruhezeit. The list goes on and on.

So. If you're in America and you're homesick for Switzerland, Wisconsin has a solution for that. It's called New Glarus. And when it calls itself "America's Little Switzerland," it's not kidding. There's a reason the Swiss Club of Chicago comes here at least three times a year. The place even has a race called the Alphorn Man Triathlon. The Frau will be doing this if only to get the t-shirt.

Real live Swiss people came to New Glarus over 150 years ago. Some, like Esther, who runs a European import store, came 30 years ago. Swissness lives on.

The other hot spot for Swissness is Monroe, Wisconsin, about 18 miles from New Glarus. This place has cheese. Real cheese. Emmi's only North American plant is here. And it has a shop onsite called Alp and Dell. This shop even sells Swiss wine. That's how Swiss it is.

Why are you still reading this? Go, go, go to New Glarus and Monroe now and enjoy all the Swissness America has to offer only 4,444 miles from Switzerland (to be exact).


Anneliese said...

Ahhhh the sprint tri! Let's do it together one day!

Amanda said...

I may just have to make a trip to Wisconsin. A flight there from California is MUCH more affordable than one to Zurich!

Hattie said...

I dimly recall New Glarus, having lived in Wisconsin for five years, but I don't think I visited there.
It looks very cheesy!

Dominik said...

I was actually there back in 1995 - was just 15 years old - visiting my sister who was doing an au-pair year in Chicago. I totally remember this place :-)

Kendall said...

We can arrange for the T-shirts and maybe even sit in on the Maenenchor or Jodelklub rehearsal on Monday nights! It may require drinking New Glarus beer at Tofflers afterwards!
My mother and I were staying in Wimmis and the waitress found that we lived near New Glarus and on our second night there she produced a picture album from 30 years previous with pictures from New Glarus, she said it was the mecca of their 5 week visit to the United States!

Anonymous said...

Don't forget to visit - also in Monroe - the only Turner Hall of Swiss origin left in the United States! Built as an Emmental-style chalet and listed on the National and State Registers of Historic Places, it houses lots of Swiss artifacts, memorabilia, and artwork, all as testament to Swiss immigration to the area. It features year-round Swiss heritage programming, as well as a Ratskeller Restaurant, and is the home of the Monroe Swiss Singers, a 45-voice mixed choir specializing in Swiss folk music.

Kahoot said...

Really a fun thing. I never thought about it

Linda said...

Wonderful post and lovely collage of photos. :)

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That's really interesting...I thought you are kidding. New Glarus- America's little Switzerland. Writer's team from thesis writing service is planning to visit New Glarus and enjoy all the Swissness America.

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