Explore the Amana Colonies
Come explore the 7 villages of the Amana Colonies! From museums, festivals, wineries, parades, shops and stores, there is plenty to see and do here in the Amana Colonies. Below is only a sampling of what you will find here. We are happy to help you personalize your visit if you call or email with your questions. We can give you lots of suggestions on what to see and do and give you the insider’s scoop. For starters, download our Free Insider’s Guide at the bottom of this page for tons of great information on the area to help plan your trip and make your visit a most memorable one.
We are a community of families, farmers and artisans that are nearly as old as Iowa itself. Quality craftsmanship isn’t a coincidence, it’s second nature. Our textiles are woven in the same buildingFacebook that was first used more than a century and a half ago, our meats are cured according to heritage recipes and our solid wood furniture lasts longer than it should. The exacting methods used today were brought from the old world by Amana’s first settlers, while the pioneering spirit of those first families continues to drive new innovations.
The story of Amana parallels that of America. A small community from Germany sought religious freedom and found it in the fertile Iowa River Valley in 1855. Its members lived simply, without vanity, and dedicated themselves to living sustainably. Everything was shared and everything they needed they produced themselves.
The art of broom making was revived in 1972 by Norman and Joanna Schanz in a small shop in West Amana that is still here today. The art of willow basket making and the cultivation of willow patches in the Amana Colonies was also revived by Joanna Schanz in 1977 under the guiding hand of Philip Dickel (1900-1981) the last active basket maker of the Amana Colonies.
A celebration of spring featuring: Maipole dancers, German music, parade, food and activities.
Everyone’s favorite German-style fall festival! Parade, activities, and music throughout the colonies.
We collect, preserve, and interpret the cultural heritage of the Amana Colonies National Historic Landmark. The Amana Heritage Society Museums offer a rich historical experience of the German communal settlement in the Iowa River Valley.