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Danish Windmill, Elk Horn

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Specialty Museum
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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  • Beautiful downtown setting. Brought over from Denmark just in the right place for this village. The windmill & town was a nice place to stay the night before we moved on to ride the steam train in Cra...  more »
  • Always stop when we are in town for that one little gift or wine or party supplies for Danish theme. Friendly, helpful service. Lots of variety of items. Decent prices. Have never taken the mill tour,...  more »
  • I wasn't aware of this Danish community in Elk Horn, Iowa until seeing it advertised on a road sign. The windmill was purchased in Denmark and transported to Elk Horn for their community. Interesting ...  more »
  • This was a happy accident if there ever was one. I had not expected to leave the highway, but needed to find somewhere to give the car a rest and stretch my legs. At the very least, it was a nice change from the usual scenery along the interstate. The person staffing the gift shop was very helpful and informative. Thanks for making my trip through Iowa a memorable experience!
  • 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.
  • This gift shop and windmill sight on the Great Plains was a real find! What a variety of gift items from Holland!
  • Very cool place to visit. Kids really enjoyed.
  • Fun, cool gift shop. Interesting history.