Special churches, temples and monasteries
Christ Church Cathedral in Indianapolis
The Christ Church Cathedral in the city of
Indianapolis was built in 1857 and is now the oldest
continuously used religious building in Indianapolis.
The church, built in the Gothic Revival style, is best
known for its choirs. The church is located on Monument
Circle and stands in the shadow of the Chase Tower.
||125 Monument Circle
Indianapolis, Indiana 46204
St. Meinrad Archabbey in St. Meinrad
The St. Meinrad Archabbey in the town of St. Meinrad in
Spencer County in southern Indiana was founded in 1854.
The Archabbey is one of only 2 in the United States and
11 Archabbeys worldwide. It was founded by Benedictine
monks from the community of Einsiedeln in Switzerland.
Today the abbey, particularly the church, can be visited
to get an impression of the life of the 98 monks. It is
also possible to study theology.
||200 Hill Drive
Saint Meinrad, Indiana47577
Blessed Sacrament Chapel in Saint
The Blessed Sacrament Chapel in the city of Saint
Mary-of-the-Woods is a Roman Catholic church completed
in 1924 and built in the style of the Italian
Renaissance. The interior of the church is particularly
worth seeing, which is particularly striking due to the
use of marble, gold and silver. Outstanding is the
marble canopy which was made from a single piece of
marble and has a weight of 3.6 tons. Another highlight
are the 9 windows of the church, or rather the stained
glass, which was made in Munich.
||1 Sisters of Providence Road
Saint Mary-of-the-Woods, Indiana 47876
Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Fort
The Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Fort
Wayne is a Roman Catholic church, which was completed in
1860. The church is built in the Gothic style and is
located in Cathedral Square. A special feature of the
church is that the grave of the last Indian chief of the
Miamis is located here. The two bell towers at the front
of the church are 59 m high, making the church the
eighth tallest structure in Fort Wayne.
||122 S Clinton Street
Fort Wayne, Indiana 46802
Basilica of the Sacred Heart in South Bend
The Basilica of the Sacred Heart in the city of
South Bend was built between 1870 and 1888 in the Gothic
Revival style. The church is on the campus of the
University of Notre Dame and the church's bell tower
with a height of 66 m is the tallest building on campus.
In 1992 Pope John Paul II elevated the church to the
rank of basilica. After that, the number of visitors
rose sharply and today the church is visited by
approximately 50,000 visitors per year. These are likely
to arrive mainly because of the 44 huge stained glass
paintings created by Luigi Gregori, a stained glass
painter from the Vatican, within 17 years.
South Bend, Indiana 46637
St. Casimir Parish in South Bend
The Church of St. Casimir Parish in the city of South
Bend was completed in 1924. The parish of the church was
founded in 1898 by Polish immigrants and was called
Warsaw. The church is built in the Romanesque style and
the exterior of the church shines in traditional red
bricks. The church received 13 out of 13 possible points
from the historical preservation commission and can
therefore be seen as one of the most important buildings
in South Bend.
||1308 Dunham Street
South Bend, Indiana 46619
Scottish Rite Cathedral in Indianapolis
The Scottish Rite Cathedral in Indianapolis is a Masonic
cathedral built between 1927 and 1929. The cathedral is
considered the largest Freemason building and one of the
best examples of neo-Gothic architecture. The 65 m high
bell tower awaits with a carillon with a total of 54
bells. The main nave of the cathedral can accommodate up
to 1,200 people. Every year the cathedral attracts over
100,000 visitors who visit the cathedral or take part in
the guided tours. A special feature is all dimensions of
the church are divisible by 3 and thus symbolize the 3
degrees (apprentice, journeyman and master) of the
Tibetan Cultural Center in
This Tibetan cultural center in the city of
Bloomington includes the Tibetan Mongolian Buddhist
Cultural Center and the Kumbum Chamtse Ling Monastery.
The complex covers an area of 437,000 mē. Guided tours
are regularly offered in the area, which on the one hand
could be interesting because of their spirituality and
on the other hand are simply suitable for switching off.
There are also 2 traditional Tibetan stupas and a
gallery with Buddhas and Bodhisattvas.
||3655 Snoddy Road
Bloomington, Indiana 47401
Big celebrations and events
Indiana State Fair in Indianapolis
The Indiana State Fair takes place annually in August in
the city of Indianapolis. The festival took place for
the first time in 1851 and was more of an agricultural
exhibition. Today, however, the festival is the largest
and oldest folk festival in the state of Indiana. During
the American Civil War, the festival site was a prison
camp for Confederate soldiers. In the history of the
festival, many well-known musicians have performed here,
such as the Beatles, The Jackson 5, Dolly Parton, Bruce
Springsteen, Kanye West, Backstreet Boys and the Jonas
Brothers. But other celebrities also visited the
festival, such as Woodrow Wilson, Elvis Presley and
Presidents Franklin D. Roosevelt, John F. Kennedy, Bill
Clinton, George W. Bush and Barack Obama.
Three Rivers Festival in Fort Wayne
The Three Rivers Festival in Fort Wayne city takes place
every July and lasts 9 days. Usually the festival starts
on the first Saturday after Independence Day. The
festival is commemorated to commemorate the heritage and
history of the city of Fort Wayne and was first held in
1969. The festival includes a parade, craft stalls,
entertainment, shopping, and fireworks. There are also
many small events taking place all over the city. In the
past, many world record attempts have been seen here.
For example in 1981 when trying to break the longest hot
dog in the world with a length of approx. 106 m. Two
years later an attempt was made to break the world
record for the largest pretzel with a diameter of 3 m.
Nowadays over 500 visit each year.
Germania men's choir Volksfest
The Germania men's choir Volksfest in the city of
Evansville is an annual folk festival in memory of the
German roots of many residents. The folk festival has
been held annually since August 1934. However, it did
not take place between 1941 and 1962. The folk festival
lasts 3 days and visitors are offered German food,
drinks, dance and German music. Many of the visitors can
be seen in traditional costumes.
Feast of the Hunters 'Moon
The Feast of the Hunters' Moon festival is an
annual autumn festival near the city of West Lafayette.
The festival lasts one weekend and recreates the events
in Fort Ouiatenon in the mid-18th century. In this
military outpost and fur transshipment point, French
from Quebec and the surrounding area and Indians from
the region met every autumn to exchange fur for other
goods. All approximately 8,000 contributors are dressed
in authentic 18th-century uniforms. Battles around Fort
Ouiatenon are also recreated. The festival has been held
since 1967 and attracts over 60,000 visitors annually.
James Dean Festival in Fairmount
The annual James Dean Festival in the small town of
Fairmount, which takes place at the end of September, is
the largest of its kind with around 50,000 visitors and
serves to commemorate the icon of the youthful rebels.
The festival lasts 3 days and has been taking place
since 1975. In addition to music from the 50s, visitors
to the festival experience a James Dean Look-A-Like
competition and an auto parade. Dean grew up in the
small town of Fairmount, with its approximately 3,000
inhabitants. If the festival is not enough, you can
consider visiting the Historical Museum. Here visitors
will find the bongo drums and other possessions of James
||Monday to Saturday: 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.;
Sunday: 12 p.m. - 5 p.m.
||203 East Washington Street
Fairmount, Indiana 46928
Tel: 001 - (0) 765 - 948 45 55
Zoos, parks and amusement parks
Founded in 1964, the Indianapolis Zoo now covers an
area of 260,000 mē, home to a total of 3,800 animals
from over 320 species. The zoo consists of 3 parts, the
actual zoo, the aquarium and a botanical garden. In the
Indianapolis Zoo, the animals are housed in different
ecological regions, so-called biomes. There are a total
of 6 eco-regions:
- Interaction enclosure
Here visitors to the zoo can come into closer
contact with the animals and touch and stroke
lizards, snakes, spiders, rabbits, horses, donkeys
- Marine mammals
Here visitors to the zoo will find sea lions,
walruses, polar bears, seals and dolphins.
Here visitors can pet dog sharks in a pool and
continue to watch penguins, moray eels, jellyfish,
seahorses and many other sea creatures.
The prairie eco-region contains
elephants, vultures, cranes, storks, baboons,
cheetahs, lions, wild dogs, rhinos, giraffes,
ostriches and zebras.
Temperate and tropical forests can be found
here. Siberian tigers, otters, red pandas, bald
eagles and brown bears can be observed here.
Animals like numerous species of venomous snakes,
turtles, meerkats and various types of lizards live
The zoo is much more than a pure zoo in which
visitors admire the animals, but also an internationally
renowned breeding, care and research institution. The
first artificial insemination of an African elephant
took place at the Indianapolis Zoo. The Indianapolis Zoo
attracts over 1.4 million visitors annually.
||Adults $ 8.50; Children (2-12) $ 6.50
||1200 West Washington Street
Indianapolis, Indiana 46222
Tel: 001 - (0) 317 - 630 20 01
Holiday World & Splashin 'Safari in Santa Claus
The Holiday World & Splashin' Safari theme,
amusement and water park near the town of Santa Claus in
southern India was opened in 1946 and now covers an area
of approximately 500,000 mē. The park was opened 9
years before the Disneyland parks. The name of the park
stems from the fact that the park has 4 themed areas:
Christmas, Halloween, Thanksgiving and Fourth of July.
All of these holidays give the park its name. Special
attractions of the park are the huge wooden roller
coasters, The Legend, The Raven and The Voyage, which
have won several awards, as well as the world's tallest
water slide called Zoombabwe and the longest water slide
in the world called Wildebeest.
||May to August: Daily: 9:00 a.m. - 8:30 p.m.
||452 E Christmas Blvd
Santa Claus, Indiana 47579
Tel: 001 - (0) 812 - 937 44 01
Fort Wayne Children's Zoo
Fort Wayne Children's Zoo in the city of Fort Wayne is a
zoo that opened in 1965 and is one of the best zoos in
the United States. The zoo houses around 1,500 animals
on an area of 150,000 mē. At Fort Wayne Children's
Zoo, the animals are housed in different eco-regions,
so-called biomes. There are 4 ecoregions in total:
- African Journey
Here you can find buzzards, badgers, dikdiks,
giraffes, wildebeests, hyenas, bat-dogs, lions,
mongoose, pelicans and zebras. There is also an
interactive cultural village that provides
information about Africa.
- Australian Adventure
Here you can observe echidnas, dingoes, owls,
bats and kangaroos. There is also an approx. 75,000
liter aquarium in which sharks, jellyfish and rays
are shown to visitors.
- Central Zoo
Here visitors will find animals from the
American continent as well as animals from Indiana.
For example, you can see sea lions, penguins,
turtles, alligators and much more. There is also a
petting zoo with goats, rabbits, chickens and others
where you can also ride horses. By the way, peacocks
roam the entire area of the zoo.
- Indonesian Rainforest
Animals such as orangutans, tigers, Komodo
dragons and other bird and monkey species can be
seen in this rainforest area.
||Adults $ 13; Children (2-14) $ 8.50
||3411 Sherman Blvd.
Fort Wayne, Indiana 46808
Tel: 001 - (0) 260 - 427 68 00
Mesker Park Zoo in Evansville
The Mesker Park Zoo is located in the city of Evansville
in southwest India. The park was founded in 1928 and
today covers an area of approx. 200,000 mē on which
over 700 animals from approx. 200 species live. The zoo
is not only a zoo but also a botanical garden and is one
of the largest and best zoos in Indiana. In the zoo, the
botanical garden and animal enclosure merge in the
following areas to give the animals the most natural
- African Panorama
In this huge enclosure you can find animals from
the African savannah such as cheetahs, ground
ravens, Klippspringer, Kudu and ostriches.
In this rainforest area, visitors will find
howler and squirrel monkeys, bats, jaguars, iguanas,
parrots, turtles, tapirs, toucans and capybaras.
- African Rift
Here you can see giraffes, hippos, storks, sumo
antelopes and zebras.
- Asia & Australia
In this habitat you can find Asian and
Australian animals such as emus, Indian hippos,
Mongolian wild horses, trampled animals, wallabies
and red deer.
- Discovery Center
The Discovery Center is an indoor enclosure of
the zoo where frogs, langurs, monkeys, martens and
clouded leopards can be observed.
- North America
This enclosure houses wolves, prairie dogs, bald
eagles and lynxes.
- Tropic America
This area is oriented towards South American swamps
and Lake Titicaca. The enclosure is inhabited by
llamas, nandus and black swans, for example.
||Daily: 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.
||Adults $ 8.50; Children $ 5.50
||1545 Mesker Park Drive
Evansville, Indiana 4772
Tel: 001 - (0) 812 - 435 61 43
Fax: 001 - (0) 812 - 435 61 40
Potawatomi Zoo in South Bend
The Potawatomi Zoo in the city of South Bend is a rather
small zoo founded in 1902. Today, over 400 animals live
in the park on an area of approx. 93,000 mē. The zoo's
main attractions are certainly the red pandas, lions,
tigers, leopards and zebras. Furthermore, the zoo offers
its visitors the opportunity to take a train through
part of the zoo. As the zoo is in Potawatomi Park,
visitors can also use the baseball field, tennis courts,
swimming pool and picking areas.
||Daily: 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
||Adults $ 8; Children (3-14) $ 6
||500 S. Greenlawn Ave. South Bend, Indiana
46615 Tel: 001 - (0) 574 - 235 98 00
Fax: 001 - (0) 574 - 235 90 80
Washington Park Zoo in Michigan City
The Washington Park Zoo in the city of Michigan City in
northeastern India was founded in 1925 and today covers
an area of approximately 61,000 mē. Around 220 animals
from 90 species live in the zoo, the main attractions of
which are lions, Bengal tigers and zebras. Snakes, frogs
and others can also be observed. In the zoo there is
also a petting zoo with horses, donkeys, pigs and goats
that can also be fed.
||April to October: Daily: 10:00 a.m. - 4:00
||Adults $ 5.50; Children (3-11) $ 4.50
||115 Lakeshore Drive Michigan City, IN 46360
Tel: 001 - (0) 219 - 873 15 90
Fax: 001 - (0) 219 - 873 15 39
Foellinger-Freimann Botanical Conservatory in Fort
The Foellinger-Freimann Botanical Conservatory is a
plant preservation greenhouse opened in 1983 in the city
of Fort Wayne. The conservatory now covers an area of
approximately 2,300 mē on which over 1,200 plants from
502 species grow. Of these 502 species, 72 are cactus
species. In the conservatory there are exhibitions on
the areas of a tropical oasis, which even impresses with
a waterfall, as well as the area of the Sonoran
Desert. There is also an outdoor garden with an area of
approximately 9,300 mē
||Tuesday to Saturday: 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.;
Sunday: 12 p.m. - 4 p.m.
||Adults $ 5; Children (3-17) $ 3
||1100 South Calhoun Street
Fort Wayne, Indiana 46802
Tel: 001 - (0) 260 - 427 64 40
There are many people in the state of Indiana who can
be attributed to the Amish community. In total, this is
approximately 47,000 in Indiana. Members of this
denomination emigrated to the United States during the
18th century due to persecution. The emigrants mostly
came from the southern German and Swiss German regions.
Even today, the Amish speak among themselves a dialect
that is called Pennsylvania German. This is
understandable for native German speakers and is similar
to the Palatinate dialect. The Amish live a life that is
strongly oriented to the agricultural sector and rejects
technical innovations. Such innovations are rarely
adopted and after careful consideration. For example,
the Amish ride in horse-drawn carriages instead of in
cars. Other examples from the Amish culture are the use
of gas lamps instead of lamps with electric current and
the simple clothing. However, bans vary from Amish group
to Amish group. Anyone interested in Amish culture
should do so in Indiana. Visit Amish Acres Arts &
Crafts Festival. This festival, held annually on the
first weekend in August in the city of Nappanee in
northern India, offers a very good impression of the
craftsmanship and lifestyle of the Amish.
Historic National Road
The Historic National Road is a very special holiday or
panoramic road, as its status as a National Road
suggests. The Historic National Road is historically the
first federal-funded highway in the United States.
Construction of the highway known back then, but still
today, as Cumberland Road began in 1811. Cumberland Road
was to connect the Potomac to the Ohio River. Cumberland
Road thus became an important route during the western
expansion of the United States. From 1830, construction
sections were macadamized, making Cumberland Road the
first street in the United States to be built using the
macadam method. The Cumberland Road thus ran from
Cumberland (Maryland) to Vandalia (Illinois) over a
length of approx. 1,000 km. Today, the Historic National
Road is 1,326 km long and runs through the 6 states of
Maryland, West Virginia, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Indiana and
Illinois. Along the way there are numerous historical
interesting sights such as the historic bridges, customs
houses or milestones as well as numerous buildings that
are on the list of historic places. Along the Historic
National Road are the statues of the Madonna of the
Ohio River Scenic Route
The Ohio River Scenic Route runs for approximately 1,518
km through the US states of Ohio, Indiana and Illinois
along the banks of the Ohio River. The Ohio River Scenic
Route overlooks the river almost the entire route, but
that's not all. The Ohio River Scenic Route in Ohio, for
example, passes the Wayne National Forest, prehistoric,
Indian cult sites and several state parks. In Indiana,
the Ohio River Scenic Route runs through the Hoosier
National Forest, past the historic Angel Mounds site,
and in Illinois through the Shawnee National Forest. Of
course, the Ohio River Scenic Route offers many more
attractions than could be shown here. The pure travel
time of the route is up to two and a half days, but of
course you need about 8 days to really experience
something. The Ohio River Scenic Route has been a
National Scenic Byway since 1998.
Other natural beauties
Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore
The Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore is a coastal region
of Lake Michigan near the city of Gary in northwest
India. The park was raised to the rank of national lake
in 1966 and the protected area now covers an area of
approximately 61 kmē. The area is famous for its
scenic beauty and diversity. In addition to beaches that
are 24 km long, you can also discover extensive dunes,
bogs, swamps, prairies and forest areas with hiking
trails. Due to these many landscape forms, flora and
fauna are particularly pronounced in this area. So you
can find over 1,400 different plant species, including
about 90 endangered species. The number of bird species,
there are about 350 is enormous. Visitors can also see
badgers, bats, coyotes, long-tailed weasels, mink, Find
red foxes, skunks, chipmunks, cottontail and
white-tailed deer. There are a total of 12 hiking trails
in the park with different levels of difficulty and
lengths. There are also several parking spaces in the
park, as well as campsites and picnic areas. The best
starting point for all visitors is the Indiana Dunes
Visitor Center, which provides a lot of information
about the area.