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Details: Old World towns in the Midwest

DETAILS

GETTING THERE

Delta offers nonstop flights from Washington Dulles to Minneapolis, with late-January fares currently starting at about $400 round trip.

WHERE TO STAY

Country B&B

17038 320 St.

Shafer, Minn.

651-257-4773

www.countrybedandbreakfast.us

Three rooms, plus a Swedish-influenced breakfast, in a former homestead of Swedish immigrants. Doubles are $150 a night.

Deutsche Strasse B&B

404 S. German St.

New Ulm, Minn.

507-354-2005

www.deutschestrasse.com

Five rooms, including the Black Forest Suite, in a 19th-century house. Breakfast included. Rooms from $109.

Chalet Landhaus

801 Hwy. 69

New Glarus, Wis.

800-944-1716

www.chaletlandhaus.com

Bunk in Swiss chalet-style accommodations and dine on such Swiss specialties as fondue. Rooms from $89.

WHERE TO EAT

Swedish Village Restaurant

280 Andrews Ave.

Center City, Minn.

651-257-6665

Serves lutfisk ($9.95) year-round, as well as Swedish pancakes and meatballs (from $3.95), plus American fare.

New Ulm Turner Hall

102 S. State St.

New Ulm

507-354-4916

www.newulmturnerhall.org/dining

Meeting place of the town’s founders offers the Rathskeller bar and a dining room serving burgers, steaks, fish, salads and more. Dishes from $6.

New Glarus Hotel Restaurant

100 Sixth Ave.

New Glarus

608-527-5244

www.newglarushotel.com/restaurant

Dine like a true Swiss, or Wisconsinite, on roesti, raclette, schnitzel, cheese curds, etc.

Entrees from $17.

WHAT TO DO

Gammelgarden Museum

20880 Olinda Trail

Scandia, Minn.

651-433-5053

www.gammelgardenmuseum.org

Open-air museum offers tours May through mid-October, 1-4 p.m. Friday through Sunday; $5. The Scandia Butik shop is open through Dec. 23.

Mall of America

60 E. Broadway

Bloomington, Minn.

952-883-8800

www.mallofamerica.com

More than 500 stores, plus special holiday events. An ice castle and snow park will open in January; $10 admission. Regular mall hours: Monday -Saturday 10 a.m. to 9:30 p.m., Sunday 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Check Web site for special holiday hours.

American Swedish Institute

2600 Park Ave.

Minneapolis

612-871-4907

www.asimn.org

Learn about Swedish and Scandinavian culture through programs and such special exhibits as “A Nordic Christmas” (through Jan.13). On-site gift shop and cafe. Museum hours: Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday noon to 5 p.m., Wednesday noon to 8 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Brown County Historical Society Museum

2 N. Broadway St.

New Ulm

507-233-2616

browncountyhistorymn.org

Historical displays, plus the Menzel Village, a Christmas scene with hundreds of pieces from around the world. Tuesday-Friday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., $5.

Schell’s Brewing Co.

1860 Schell Rd.

New Ulm

800-770-5020

www.schellsbrewery.com

Tours of the 19th-century brewery are offered multiple times Friday through Sunday. $3.

Domeier’s German Store

1020 S. Minnesota St.

New Ulm

507-354-4231

Fill your house, and stockings, with German goodies and crafts. Open Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Saturday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Puempel’s Olde Tavern

18 Sixth Ave.

New Glarus

608-527-2045

www.puempels.com

Order a New Glarus Brewing Co. beer, then try your hand at the dollar toss. Bands occasionally also perform Swiss music.

INFORMATION

swisstown.com, www.newulm.com

www.swedishcircletours.com

www.minneapolis.org

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