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Downtown Milwaukee. Photo Henryk Sadura
Downtown Milwaukee. Photo Henryk Sadura
Botanic Gardens. Henryk Sadura/Shutterstock
Botanic Gardens. Henryk Sadura/Shutterstock
Miller Park. Katherine Welles/Shutterstock
Miller Park. Katherine Welles/Shutterstock
Buildings, Milwaukee. Welcomia/Shutterstock
Buildings, Milwaukee. Welcomia/Shutterstock
City Suburbs. Henryk Sadura/Shutterstock
City Suburbs. Henryk Sadura/Shutterstock
Mariner Building. 3841128876/Shutterstock
Mariner Building. 3841128876/Shutterstock
Art Museum. Krzysztof Wiktor/Shutterstock
Art Museum. Krzysztof Wiktor/Shutterstock
Great Circus Parade. David Jones/Shutterstock
Great Circus Parade. David Jones/Shutterstock

Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Milwaukee is the biggest city in the U.S. state of Wisconsin located on Lake Michigan. The city gets its name from Native Americans who first lived in the area and in the Potawatomi language means “Gathering place by water”.

In the early founding years, Milwaukee attracted German and Polish migrants who brought their culture, which can be readily seen in the city’s architecture and cuisine. In the 1850’s, Milwaukee became synonymous for many German breweries, beer halls and taverns and this is where it gets its nickname “Beer City”. At one stage Milwaukee had nearly a tavern for every 40 residents and was the number one beer prouder worldwide.

Milwaukee is guaranteed to impress any tourists who may have overlooked coming here in the first place. The city is home to Miller, the second largest Brewery in the U.S the headquarters of Harley Davidson, the best quality Motorcycles in the world and Milwaukee also featured in the famous TV sitcom Happy Days.

Looking at Milwaukee from afar one would assume it as an ultra modern city, however its looks are deceiving as there are many heritage and historical buildings spread throughout. The City Hall, The St. Stanislaus Catholic Church, The Pabst Mansion, Basilica of St Josaphat, Turner Hall and the Historic Third Ward are good starting places on the historic discovery of Milwaukee.

More history can be found at the Museums with the Chudnow Museum of Yesteryear, Harley Davidson Museum, Milwaukee Public Museum and Grohmann Museum being the best ones to see. Art lovers will enjoy the Milwaukee Art Museum with its extensive artworks including masterpieces of the likes of Pablo Picasso, and Andy Warhol.

The city features some great parks and walking trails as well like the Milwaukee river walk, the Kettle Moraine State Forest, Lake Park, Veteran’s Park and the Lakefront trail. If you prefer action, then the Henry Maier Festival Grounds, Milwaukee Country Zoo and watching a baseball game of the Milwaukee Brewers play at Millar Park stadium should do the trick.

For more holiday information on Milwaukee you may also want to visit Milwaukee tourism website.

City of Milwaukee Skyline and Lake Michigan. Rudy Balasko/Shutterstock
City of Milwaukee Skyline and Lake Michigan. Rudy Balasko/Shutterstock
Leisure boats. US Environmental Protection Agency/ Great Lakes National Program
Leisure boats. US Environmental Protection Agency/ Great Lakes National Program