New Glarus, Wisconsin
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New Glarus, Wisconsin, is another U.S. town vying for Swiss pride. More than 100 Swiss pioneers left the Canton of Glarus, Switzerland, in 1845, and began their homestead in southwest Wisconsin. Swiss chalet–style buildings, flower boxes, and Swiss flags dot the village. Pick up cow bells and shields at Esther’s European Imports or Swiss cheeses, wines, and chocolates at Edelweiss Cheese Authentic Wisconsin. Hungry? You can sample sausages made from old-world recipes at Ruef’s Meat Market, an anise-scented springerle biscuit at New Glarus Bakery, or Kaesechuechli (baked cheese pie) at the historic New Glarus Hotel. In town, you can also catch a yodeling or traditional alpenhorn performance. A couple blocks from downtown is the Chalet of the Golden Fleece Museum, built in 1937 to resemble a Swiss Bernese mountain chalet.
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