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Danish Windmill

4038 Main Street

    The Danish Windmill has become one of the largest tourist attractions in Iowa and each year its popularity grows.  You can take a guided tour of the windmill which starts with a 15 minute video. Climb to the top and see the shuttered sails, grinding stones, and gearing made of wood and iron cogs. See how it all works together to grind wheat and rye flours with wind as they did over 150 years ago. Visit the new VikingHjem depicting the life of a Viking Smithy in 900 A.D. Open daily. Located just off Interstate 80 at Exit 54, Elk Horn, Iowa, it makes for a great stopping place.  No Passport Required!


Nancy Van Belle

Wednesday, July 11, 2018
May not have stopped had we known that the windmill was in disrepair. It appears to have been that way for a couple of months at least. Museum is very small. Gift store prices were much too high. There were a couple of other displays to see. Enjoyed the woodworker's shop next door... some refinished items and some new crafts for very good prices. Very pleased with the handmade birdhouse I picked up there.

Paul Is

Friday, Aug. 10, 2018
Elk Horn is definitely worth a short detour from I-80! The windmill is being repaired but there are many other attractions in the area. I love the small town feel, everyone knowing each other but still very warm and inviting to visitors. Several small businesses offer appealing goods, from Danish wine to pastries.

wesley bourn

Thursday, July 19, 2018
The windmill is in restoration. They mentioned the blades should be installed in the Fall of 2018. A great history for the town pulling together to purchase and ship the windmill from Denmark to Elk Horn, Iowa. The mill area is small, still interesting to see. Has a nice gift shop, which I bought a few items for keepsakes. There was a Danish museum in town, but I didn't stop and visit it.

jason youngdell

Wednesday, July 18, 2018
Saw a sign of the freeway, so ventured that direction. Nothing was open when we arrived, my last 2 stars are usually based on customer service. So couldnt really rate that. It was cool to see, however not complete. Looks like they are still assembling it. So ill drive by again in a few years and see if my opinion changes. Not far off the freeway so take a moment to stretch your legs and check it out.

Teddie Jensen

Tuesday, July 3, 2018
I was privileged to have been there when the new sails arrived. I am looking forward to stopping by to see the progress they have made on my next trip. It is a great place to visit.

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