Mars Cheese Castle is a family owned Wisconsin staple and grown tour attraction situated on I-94 between Milwaukee and Chicago. It is a castle that houses many departments including a specialty market offering more than 700 cheeses, wines and specialty items from Wisconsin and around the world, an in house bakery featuring desserts, kringles and breads (famous for its cheese and jalapeno cheese bread) baked daily, a restaurant popular for its many generously portioned cheese & meat sandwiches and featured burger and sandwiches of the month and a pub, well known for it’s Wisconsin beers on tap and famous Bloody Mary (don’t forget the beer chaser, a Wisconsin tradition!). Don’t forget to pick up a souvenir in the gift shop on your way out!
Featuring some of Wisconsin’s finest cheese, imported cheese, specialty foods, and much more, Baumgartner’s Cheese Store & Tavern, opened in 1931, is Wisconsin’s oldest cheese store! In addition to our popular retail store, you can enjoy great food and locally brewed beers at our adjoining tavern! We are conveniently located in the quaint Swiss community of Monroe, in a rich cheese producing area in southern Wisconsin. We can be reached in an hour or less from Beloit, Janesville, Madison and Dubuque, Iowa Baumgartner’s features locally – brewed beers. They are a fine complement to the delicious cheese you will find here. Baumgartner’s is a center of activity all the time but especially during Cheese Days, a colorful festival held the third weekend of September during even-numbered years.