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Solvang, Danish town in Santa Ynez Valley in California

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Danish town of Solvang near Santa Barbara @Photo: Prayitno

A curious place that you can visit in your trip along the west coast of the United States, in the vicinity of Saint Barbara, California, is the Danish town of Solvang.

It is a small town of about 5,000 inhabitants that was founded in the early twentieth century by a community of emigrants from Denmark, who have conferred Solvang All the characteristics of a Danish people.

Solvang is located in Santa Ynez Valley, the famous wine area that has become a major tourist attraction center near Santa Barbara.


Danish village of Solvang near Santa Barbara

The origin of Danish emigration to the United States dates back to 1850, and since then numerous Danish communities in the states of Illinois, Minnesota, Iowa and Nebraska.

In these communities numerous churches and schools were founded with the influence of Lutheran ideas.

It was in 1906 when a pastor from one of the Danish communities of Iowa considered creating a new community on the west coast of the United States.

Finally, in 1911 land was bought in the Santa Ynez Valley and they began to build the first buildings of the new Danish community of Solvangprecisely next to the Mission Santa Inés, which had been raised by the Spanish Jesuits in 1804.

In 1912 the Lutheran church Bethania Evangelical, following the gothic design of the medieval churches of the villages of Denmark.


Mission Santa Inés in the Danish town of Solvang near Santa Barbara

But it was after the Second World War when residents of Danish origin began to build their houses in the style of the half-timbered houses of Denmark, creating a true Danish town.

In the last decades Solvang It has enhanced its style of Danish people, becoming a major tourist attraction that receives more than one million visitors every year.

So, when you visit SolvangIn addition to contemplating numerous half-timbered houses, you can see typical windmills, statues and a museum dedicated to Hans Christian Andersen, while you can enjoy typical Danish music and food.

How to get to Solvang

He Danish town of Solvang It is less than an hour's drive northwest from the city of Santa Barbara.

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