The 8 Best Things to Do in Berne, United States

December 13, 2017 Jeremy Dunfee

Berne is a city in Monroe and Wabash townships, Adams County, Indiana, United States, 35 mi (56 km) south of Fort Wayne. The population was 3,999 at the 2010 census. Berne and the surrounding area have become known for their large Amish population, who speaks Bernese German which is a Swiss German dialect.
Restaurants in Berne

1. Limberlost State Historical Site

200 E 6th St, Geneva, IN 46740-1004 +1 260-368-7428
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5 based on 21 reviews

Limberlost State Historical Site

Reviewed By tagnrocky - Central Indiana

Sometimes history can be dry & boring, but learning about Gene Stratton-Porter was quite interesting. The homesite of the famous early 20th century author & naturalist is filled with many of her personal possessions & restored much as it was when she lived here. The home itself is quite grand for a log cabin and the grounds are carefully kept. I've not read any of Stratton-Porter's books, but just downloaded some on my kindle to read after being intrigued by her, thanks to our tour guide, Curt. He brought her alive with his tales of her writing, painting and adventures in the nearby Limberlost Swamp. Next door is a new visitors center with a gift shop & restrooms. The tour of the inside of the home is $5 per person, but wandering the grounds is free. This site is worth a stop.
P.S. There are no trails here, but the naturalists can point you to some of the nearby nature preserves which are being restored, bringing back some of the Limberlost swamp's wild beauty.

2. Muensterberg Plaza and Clock Tower

US 27/IN State Road 218, Berne, IN
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4.5 based on 36 reviews

Muensterberg Plaza and Clock Tower

Reviewed By Paul S - Marion

At least driving in from the Ohio line (east to west) the clock tower really does tower over the town as you first glimpse it from several miles away. The businesses in town all have a Swiss theme because thefirst settlers to the area came from there and the tower serves as the focal point. The tower stairs were closed and the glockenspiel was not operating during a cool and gusty weekend but still enjoyed getting out of the car to snap some pics of tower, plaza, and Swiss settlers statue before heading indoors at town shops. Parking is available on side streets. Some local kids were having fun and ignoring the no skateboarding signs.

3. The Tipsy Glass Winery

8685 N 400 E, Bryant, IN 47326-8878 +1 260-729-7184
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The Tipsy Glass Winery

Reviewed By ChiefGuru - Decatur, Indiana

Audrey Muhlenkamp opened The Tipsy Winery in February 2017, as one of Indianas newest wineries. They offer a variety (17+ varieties) of dry, sweet and fruit wines. They purchase juice and fruit not only from Indiana but from some of the best wine making areas around the world. Audrey has already won several awards for her wines from the Indy International Wine Competition. They are open Friday evenings and Saturday / Sunday afternoons. They are also open by appointment. Located in one of the buildings (the Marketplace Building) that was part of the historic Bearcreek Farms, the building is very nicely remodeled with plentiful inside seating. They offer tastings or wine by the glass or bottle. On nice days, they also have outside seating. Further, they are fully handicap accessible. My partner and I enjoyed our initial visit, experiencing a tasting and leaving with a couple of nice bottles. We look forward to returning.

4. Swiss Heritage Village and Museum

1200 Swissway Rd, Berne, IN 46711 +1 260-589-8007
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4.5 based on 19 reviews

Swiss Heritage Village and Museum

Reviewed By barbershopchick - Chicago

We had time before a wedding, so we came to the Swiss Heritage Museum. We knew my mom wouldn't be able to walk and asked about a wheelchair. They actually had a golf cart! Our tour guide took us around to all the different buildings and gave us information about the different buildings--what they were used for and how they were moved. In all we spent about an hour there.

5. Golf Club of the Limberlost

207 North Dr, Geneva, IN 46740-9702 +1 260-368-7388
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Golf Club of the Limberlost

Reviewed By ChiefGuru - Decatur, Indiana

This is an old Adams County staple golf course. Started in 1964 as a nine hole track, designed by Ronald Kern, under the name of Wabash Valley. The course expanded with nine new challenging holes. The course is 6375 yards and par 71. The holes range from wide open and forgiving to tight fairways lined by trees. A definite mixture of of difficulties add to the fun. Not to be missed is their challenging long par 3 eighteenth which requires carry over a pond and up a steep hill to a faced green (do not be above the flag putting on this hole).

6. Swissland Cheese Company

4310 S US Highway 27, Berne, IN 46711-9622 +1 260-589-2671
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We carry a wide variety of Cheeses: Conventional Flavored Organic Raw Milk Grass fed Many different types of Swiss We also carry many additional items in our retail store: Crackers Chips Popcorn Local Honey Jams and Jellies Canned meat and Noodles Soups Dried Fruit Chocolates Yogurt Pretzels Sechler Pickles And a Growing list of Gluten Free items Many other items!!! Stop in today and see us!

Reviewed By David C - Kirklin

We stopped here on trip to see Berne IN clock tower. Plenty of free samples. Cheeses are from this company, as well as many other cheese companies. Good selection of canned fruits, vegetables, and jams. Their Baby Swiss is amazing! Our son was happy to buy Gluten Free egg noodles. Prices are fair ! Open Mon to Sat.

7. Pine Lake Waterpark

4764 W State Road 218, Berne, IN 46711-9515 +1 260-334-5649
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4.5 based on 6 reviews

Pine Lake Waterpark

Reviewed By Brian S - Warsaw, Indiana

This place is awesome! Everyone in our family loved it! And the price is great! The total cost for our family of four was less than a single ticket at other waterparks! We live on a small lake so we were not bothered at all that this is located in an old gravel pit, but others might be but off by it not being a chlorinated pool. Personally, it seems way cleaner than a big pool with everybody "bathing" in it.

The jump tower was wicked fun. Cool just to watch people jumping off the 30ft high platform! (there are 10ft and 20ft platforms also). There is a zip line and several waterslides too. My little girl loved the "log walk."

There is limited concessions that are reasonably priced, but the park lets you go out to your vehicle so you can easily pack a picnic lunch (unfortunately you can't bring it in to the park).

OUABACHE STATE PARK is just a few miles away.

8. First Mennonite Church

566 W. Main Street, Berne, Indiana, Berne, IN 46711-1451 +1 260-589-3108
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First Mennonite Church

Reviewed By chefgal56 - West Chester, Ohio

We went to Berne for business and planned the trip during Swiss Days. A dear friend was giving yours of his church and we jumped at the chance to go.
What a delightful community and the rich history of the church and the Mennonite people was so interesting. The church is beautiful and do not miss the organ!

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