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Danish Windmill, Elk Horn

Categories: Specialty Museums, Museums
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4.1/5 based on 55+ reviews on the web
The historic 1848 Nørre Snede, Denmark Windmill was brought to America 40 years ago. Rebuilt by over 300 community volunteers to honor the area's rich Danish Heritage. The Mill was restored to working condition in 1976 and it takes a 20mph wind to operate. At any time when the wind changes the 10 ton cap frame will turn it's self into the wind with the help of the fantail. It is a beautiful sight to see the magnificent windmill turn by windpower.

The Danish Windmill is also one of Iowa's Private Welcome Centers. They have over 250 brochures on other State attractions, Iowa maps and attraction guides. Employees are State Certified Welcome Center employees.

The Mill Corporation is a 501-c-3 non profit Corporation. The Museum shop sales proceeds go to help the day to day operations of the historic windmill stay in good repair. Check out for more information or call 800-451-7960. VELKOMMEN!
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  • Great place for picture stop and shopping inside windmill. Staff person was very friendly and willing to explain and assist. Shop is loaded with Danish items of all prices. Well worth the stop in this...  read more »
  • Rather disappointed. Just a wind mill that is not working. Quite a drive from interstate that ended up being a waste of gas and time. Sorry folks. 
  • The windmill wasn't spinning, but it was still interesting to see together with reading placards on Viking history. There were lots of visitor brochures for other Iowa attractions and clean bathrooms. 
  • We stopped here in the morning, after we broke down our campsite, in order to check out the museum and grab breakfast. Unfortunately, we stopped on Sunday morning and they weren't open yet. We weren't able to check out the museum but were able to walk around the grounds. This is a really neat place to visit if one is interested in history and culture. It provides historical information on Danish cultures and the Vikings of old. We walked around the structures and read all the signs. Fun place to stop... we will definitely be coming back next time we drive through here in order to check out the museum.
  • Fun, cool gift shop. Interesting history.
  • Pretty standard little shop with all things Danish. Didn't really know what Danish stuff was until I came here so that's a plus! The windmill is the big selling point and as long as you get your pic outside, you're good!
  • It was a neat place to stop by. Free to walk around. Has a short walk with a history of the windmill and Vikings.
  • Nice little break along I-80, and we aren't even Danish. Did the tour and got to climb the windmill. Even picked up some rye flour and a Kringle.
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