Founded in 1847, this pretty town (population: 9,900) has a strong Dutch heritage—and a popular annual tulip festival.
Vermeer Windmill in Pella is the tallest working windmill in the nation.

While nothing can replace the excitement of Pella during its annual Tulip Time festival each spring, this small Iowa town delivers a big dose of charm any time of year. Meander through its historical village and museums, try a signature Dutch letter or stay in a European-inspired boutique hotel, and you'll feel like you've been transported across the pond without leaving the Midwest.

Tulip Festival in Pella Iowa
Credit: Tulip Time Festival Pella, Iowa



Figurines ring in the hour at set times every day in the center of town.

Pella Historical Village and Vermeer Windmill

This collection of 22 buildings focuses on crafts and surrounds a shady courtyard. 

Pella Opera House

This performance venue has featured everything from operas to silent movies to student productions since its opening in 1900.

Scholte House Museum

Learn about the early history of Pella at the Scholte House Museum, which was completed in 1848.

Tulip Time Festival
| Credit: John Noltner

Tulip Time Festival

Put on your clogs. Pella's Dutch heritage shines during the annual festival (May 4-6, 2023). 

The Jaarsma Bakery is famous its delectable Dutch letters.
Jaarsma Bakery

Eat and Drink

Jaarsma Bakery

Try an almond-paste-filled Dutch letter at this iconic pastry shop.

Smokey Row Coffee House

The coffee is strong, the quiche is homemade and the cheeseburger chowder is a favorite at Smokey Row.

Windmill Cafe

Grab breakfast or a cup of coffee at Windmill Cafe. We recommend the Mediterranean omelet.


Amsterdam Hotel

This European-style lodging downtown is within walking distance to boutiques and attractions, and its on-site restaurant, Liberty Street Kitchen, is a local favorite.

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