The Milwaukee Riverwalk © Sulfur
Milwaukee is Wisconsin's largest city. It began as a
Native American settlement, growing into an outpost for French fur
traders and missionaries. But its real boom took place in the
1800s, when waves of German immigrants settled in the city,
bringing with them the art of beer brewing.
Milwaukee went on to become known as the beer capital
of the world as well as a major commercial and manufacturing area.
Although a few major breweries have relocated, Milwaukee's brewpub
culture remains strong, as does its German heritage.
It is perhaps its immigrant background that makes
Milwaukee feel like a small town of friendly neighbourhoods.
Residents take an active part in their community and welcome
visitors to experience their city.
Milwaukee is situated on Lake Michigan. One of the
Great Lakes, it is so vast it appears no different from the ocean
when walking along the shore. While surfing is not an option,
almost all other water activities are, including sailing,
powerboating, jet-skiing, dinner and cocktail cruises, as well as
some of the best shipwreck diving in the area. If lounging in the
sun sounds more appealing, visitors can head to Bradford Beach, a
long strip along the lake packed with swimmers and sunbathers in
For adventures of the shopping and dining kind, the
other waterfront is the place to be. The RiverWalk system of
promenades and bridges meanders along the Milwaukee River, linking
the central downtown area, including the financial and Westown
districts, and the Historic Third Ward.
Westown is a hot spot for entertainment, with a
variety of upscale restaurants, clubs, and hotels, as well as an
upmarket shopping mall, convention centre, professional sports
arena, and various performing arts venues.
The Historic Third Ward, a rehabilitated warehouse
district with trendy lofts and stylish boutiques, is perfect for an
afternoon stroll, as is the nearby Brady Street neighbourhood,
which offers a more eclectic experience. Its tattoo parlours and
alternative clothing shops, vestiges of the 1960s when the area was
a counter-culture haven, are now mixed with galleries, diverse
nightlife spots, cafés and fine restaurants.
After touring the city, visitors in need of a respite
ought to try one of the three favourite local indulgences: beer,
bratwurst, and frozen custard. Without these, a trip to Milwaukee
would be incomplete.
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