New Glarus is located in the heart of Green County in southern Wisconsin. Its rolling hills dotted with small towns, farms, and woodland pastures are much like the alpine farmlands of Glarus, Switzerland. When you arrive at the village entrance, you will quickly understand its popularity as a destination. New Glarus is America's Little Switzerland.
For over 150 years, the beautiful little community of New Glarus, Wisconsin, has been a magnet for Swiss settlers. New Glarus was originally settled by a hardy band of 108 Swiss pioneers in 1845 who left the Canton of Glarus in Switzerland during an economic crisis. Since then, succeeding generations and a steady stream of new Swiss immigrants have kept alive the community's Swiss-German language, folk traditions, and music. This remarkable mix of old and new Swiss in New Glarus—plus an enduring dedication to preserving ties with the homeland—has made this little town a unique place to live, work, and visit.
Every year, thousands of visitors, including hundreds of Swiss tourists, are drawn to New Glarus to enjoy the atmosphere that thrives here and nowhere else outside of Switzerland. With small town friendliness and enthusiasm, New Glarus is proud to share its Swiss heritage, its chalet-style architecture, its two fine museums, its famous ethnic festivals, and a wealth of specialty shops and restaurants serving savory Swiss food.
New Glarus is also the starting point for the 23-mile Sugar River Bike Trail, and New Glarus Woods State Park is less than a mile from the edge of the village. So whether your tastes run to shopping all day, polka-ing all night, hiking, biking, golfing, or paying a visit to lovingly maintained local museums, you'll find plenty to do in New Glarus.
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Walking along our streets, shopping our businesses, or attending our churches or civic organizations, you will find a spirit of caring, friendship and cooperation that permeates every aspect of life in Monroe and Green County. You will find that our community and citizens work together to vision for our future, keeping in mind supportive ways to create change that benefits all.
We invite you to explore everything Monroe and Green County has to offer. There is so much to see and do in this scenic part of our state. Take a journey through our extensive multi-use trail system or tour the oldest continuously working brewery in the midwest (we are home to the second oldest brewery in the nation). Immerse yourself in local and regional art and then sample some of the best cheese this country has to offer, as we have many Master Cheesemakers that call Monroe and Green County home. Whether you are an avid biker, ATV or Snowmobile enthusiast, or just like that pleasant scenic drive, you will enjoy the outdoor activities, trails and parks that are offered here in Monroe and Green County.
You will find that our leadership works to ensure that we enjoy an exceptional quality of life. Monroe boasts 175 acres of parks for you and your family’s leisure, and we are home to two State Parks in Green County encompassing over 415 acres of land. Additionally, both the Badger State Trail and the Cheese County Trail run through Monroe, together these trails have 87 miles of pure enjoyment.
Feel like hitting the greens? Green County is home to 4 public and private golf courses, a driving range, two miniature golf courses and 5 campgrounds. There is literally something for everyone in Monroe and Green County when it comes to recreation.
Like the wide open? In Green County we have many opportunities for canoeing and tubing. And, if you enjoy movies, we have one of the few drive-in movie theaters left in the Country. Come see how special Monroe and Green County are — if you don’t live here, you have to come experience the wonderful quality of life and people that makes us call Monroe and Green County home.
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