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2022 Culture Village Feature

Cathedrals & Composers

Many of our displays will call attention to the spectacular Cathedrals in Germany which are steeped in history. 

The Cologne Cathedral is a World Heritage Site and is the most visited in Germany.

The Ulm Minster is among the most admired of Gothic architecture and has the tallest steeple in the world – 530 feet.

The Aachen Cathedral is the oldest in Germany, built in 805 AD by Charlemagne – Western Europe’s first King. 

For over six centuries it was the coronation site for European emperors, many of which are buried there, including Charlemagne.

We will also feature classic Composers.

In a recent article of 30 of the world’s greatest classic Composers more than 1/3 were listed as German.

Everyone knows the three “B”s.

            Bach             1685-1758
            Beethoven    1790-1827
            Brahms         1863-1897

They composed some of the world’s most popular classical music including coronation and church music.

Germany is a mecca of classical music thanks to the high concentration of Orchestras, Theaters and Choirs.

Culture Village Hours


Friday, 3:00 – 9:00 pm
Saturday, Noon – 9:00 pm
Sunday, Noon – 9:00 pm

See displays from member organizations of German Fest featuring pictures, posters and memorabilia.  NEW DISPLAYS every year!  Participate in the Passport Program featuring questions to help our young people learn more about Germany.

German Memorabilia

Treasure Nook

A variety of postcards, flags, memorabilia and other items will be available for purchase.

European Train Enthusiasts

European Trains

The Milwaukee Chapter of ETE, the premiere North American organization focused on educating the public on the subject of European Railroading returns to German Fest!  Delight in this beautiful display!

Look Up Your Family Tree

History & Genealogy

Genealogists will be available to look up your family tree.

Be entertained by local musicians

Musikgarten Stage

Located near the Culture Village
Relax while being entertained by local musicians
For the complete Musikgarten schedule, click here

Organ Grinders at German Fest

Street Organs

Organ Grinders and collectors from several states will showcase hand cranked street organs along the lakefront Saturday and Sunday.  Instruments will range from antiques to brand new; and will feature music stored with and played from technologies including pinned wooden barrels, punched cardboard books, paper rolls and MIDI files on  SD memory cards.  Many of the instruments were built in Germany.  Learn about these instruments and enjoy a song – be it a traditional German tune or a Lady Gaga hit – by visiting us along the lakefront walkway.  Most organ owners are members of the Carousel Organ Association of America (COAA).  Visit their website at COAA.us for more information.

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