Roots in Germany.
Flourishing in Iowa.

Listed as a National Historic Landmark since 1965, the Amana Colonies span seven villages across 26,000 acres. So that’s reason why people from all over the country visit the villages for their German-style restaurants, craft shops, gift shops, and local winery and brewery. From woodworking to willow basketry and needlework, local artisans are prevalent throughout the town, practicing several art forms they happily share and teach. 

Residents are always celebrating in the Amana Colonies, no matter the season. In the fall, Oktoberfest attracts visitors for its entertaining activities including the Timber Trek, a brat-eating contest, and log-sawing tournaments. In addition, visitors could celebrate spring with Maifest, which features a dance party and parade, and enjoy great food at the Wurst Festival, where area sausage-makers sample their creations, and cold beverages and yard games are plentiful. 

If arts and culture are more your style, Amana is home to the Amana Arts Guild, Iowa Theatre Artists Company, and the Mini-Americana Barn Museum.

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Home to Iowa’s first microbrewery

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Top-Rated Tourist Attractions in Iowa (PlanetWare)

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Clear Creek Amana Community School District


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