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Germany's Hidden Treasure is Not in Germany at All
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Germany's Hidden Treasure is Not in Germany at All

Willkommen in Iowa! If you are one of at least 25 percent of Iowans that are of German descent, you may know that means “Welcome to Iowa!”

What you may not know is the town of Manning is home to a Heritage Park that includes a historic hausbarn, church, and farmstead. 

The German Hausbarn was built in Germany in the 1600s, then brought to Iowa and reassembled in 1996. The Hausbarn changed hands several times while in Europe, including being under the rule of Germany, Denmark, Austria, and Prussia. In Germany, these barns commonly held living quarters for families, as well as farming equipment and livestock. Everything these families had of value all sat under one roof.

Trinity Church, originally built in 1880, was blown down by a tornado and rebuilt in 1913. It was moved to Heritage Park in 2006. Standing at 92-feet-high (including the steeple), the church is possibly the tallest building ever moved in Iowa. A video of the massive move is available for viewing.

The farmstead holds a sense of magic on its own. This house looks almost exactly the same as it did when it was built in the 1910s. Still in pristine condition, visitors are able to go inside, and see how different - or oddly similar- this farm is compared to those of present day.

The park grounds are cherished by not only the Manning community, but by people all over the country. Travelers have come far and wide to visit. Tours of the German Heritage Park are available upon request, so what are you waiting for?

For more information about the German Heritage Park and any of the structures in the park, visit


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  1. Travel Iowa Team
    Travel Iowa Team
    Fascinating! We can't wait to check this out!
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