Berlin is one of the places that you must visit when exploring the Amish Country in central Ohio. This charming town has many shops, restaurants and attractions that provide a wonderful experience of Amish culture. By touring the various Amish establishments in town, you will learn to appreciate the Amish people's simple and peaceful way of life. BBOnline recommends that you visit these places when vacationing in Berlin.
Schrock's Amish Farm and Village
4359 State Route 39
Berlin, Ohio 44610
Schrock's Amish Farm and Village is one of the most popular attractions in Amish Country. It offers a rare opportunity for tourists to get a glimpse of the lifestyle of the Amish people as well as purchase Amish crafts and food. During your tour of the farm and village, you will get to see a historic Amish home that dates back to 1848. This home was once the residence of an Amish bishop, and it contains a number of exhibits that reveal the traditions of 2 different groups of Amish people in the region. To make your visit to the Amish Country more memorable, you can also take a ride in an authentic Amish buggy. If you are traveling with your kids, you should let them ride in the Amish Farm Express Train, which offers a short but interesting tour of the farm.
There are 10 shops in Schrock's Amish Farm and Village, and they offer a wide variety of Amish merchandise, including Amish antiques, souvenirs, handcrafted items, quilts, baked goods, coffee and tea, leather products, potpourri, hunting equipment and even puppies. Occasionally, special events and sales will be held at the farm and village, and they offer plenty of fun and entertainment as well as great bargains.
Schrock's Amish Farm and Village is situated about 1 mile west of the town of Berlin. If you are planning to drive there from your Berlin Bed and Breakfast, you should go west on Main Street. The street is also Route 39, and it will lead you directly to the farm.
Amish and Mennonite Heritage Center
5798 County Road 77
Berlin, Ohio 44610
The Amish and Mennonite Heritage Center is another attraction that you must not miss when you're in Berlin. This center houses the famous Behalt mural, which is often referred to as the "Sistine Chapel of the Amish and the Mennonites". This impressive mural is a cyclorama, and it measures 10 feet high and 265 feet wide. It was created by German-born artist Heinz Gaugel, and it depicts the history of the Amish and the Mennonites from the Anabaptist movement in Zurich, Switzerland in the 16th century until the modern era. It is one of the only 4 cycloramas that can be found in North America. Other than the mural, the Amish and Mennonite Heritage Center also has a bookstore that offers a wide range of books and videos about the Amish and Mennonite people, as well as a gift shop that sells Amish crafts. If you want to visit the center, you can ask the staff at your Berlin Inn for directions.