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2023 Culture Village Feature

Cities Built by the Romans

Did you know that Trier, a charming city in Germany was founded in 16 BC during the reign of Roman Emperor Augustus? Trier is Germany’s oldest city and an important site for ancient art treasures and monuments, such as the Prota Nigra, the best-preserved city gate from the ancient world.

Visit our Culture Area this year to learn about other cities built by Romans, you may be surprised!

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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