SLOW DOWN. YOU’RE HERE.
The pace of the colonies is a beautiful thing. Wander through forty specialty food & gift shops, sample locally crafted wine and beer, take in a professional theater production, golf one of Iowa’s highest-rated golf courses or breathe and take a walk! Stop. Look around. Take in the natural beauty.
Declared a National Historic Landmark in 1965, the Amana Colonies attracts hundreds of thousands of visitors each year, all of whom come to see and enjoy a place where the past is cherished and where hospitality is a way of life.
SEVEN LITTLE VILLAGES, ONE BIG GERMAN HERITAGE.
The Amana Colonies represent an American dream come true;
a thriving community founded on ingenuity, faith, and community spirit.
Discover the one-of-a-kind German heritage of the Amana Colonies. Live in the history of the colonies through food, drink, and stories.
DON’T MISS OKTOBERFEST,
WHERE FOR ONE WEEKEND A YEAR EVERYONE IS GERMAN!
AMISH? NOT HERE!
If you’re looking for buggies and bonnets, you won’t find them in Amana. The Amish and Amana’s ancestors settled within 60 miles of each other eight years apart, sought sparsely-populated separatist communities, spoke German, and dressed conservatively. So, we get the confusion. Today, residents of the Amana Colonies dress in the latest fashions and even early on were progressive entrepreneurs in a variety of craft, appliance, and furniture industries.