Columbia Side Trip: Hermann

October 24, 2012

CoMo Day Trips

If you’re looking for a taste of the old world here in Missouri, take a little side trip on your next visit to Columbia. Only  an hour away, Hermann preserves traditions set down by its German settlers.

A visit to Hermann offers plenty of options for visitors who want to experience history, wineries and festivals. Here are a few “can’t miss” Hermann highlights…

Restored Historical Buildings

While the entire town of Hermann is dotted with historic homes, there are a couple not to be missed. The Deutschheim State Historic Site has two houses open for daily tours and captures the culture and heritage of the Germans who migrated to Missouri in the mid- to late-19th century.

Hermann’s Old German School

Also be sure to check out the Hermann Museum at the Old German School. The arts and crafts of yesteryear are well preserved in Historic Hermann’s newly renovated German School. Built in 1871, the building served as Hermann’s elementary school until 1955. Open April through October, the museum has eight rooms of history to explore.

Hermann Wine Trail

Winding through some of the prettiest scenery in the state, the Hermann Wine Trail meanders for 20 scenic miles along the Missouri River between Hermann and New Haven.

Along the trail, seven family-owned wineries  (Adam Puchta Winery, Bias Winery, Dierberg Star Lane Tasting Room, Hermannhof Winery, OakGlenn Winery, Röbbler Winery and Stone Hill Winery) are open for tasting and tours. Wine trail tickets are $30 each and must be purchased in advance.

During the third weekend in November, you can also enjoy the Holiday Fare Wine Trail,  where you can sip and sample festive wine and food pairings at seven stops along the scenic Hermann Wine Trail. A celebration of good food and good wine, shared with family and friends—the perfect start to the holiday season.

Traditional Festivals

Wurstfest:

Each year on the fourth weekend of March, Hermann stakes its claim as the Sausage Capital of Missouri. Experience sausages from the state’s leading purveyors to sample and buy, statewide professional and amateur sausage-making contests, German music and dancing, old-time sausage-making demonstrations, displays of antique sausage- and wine-making equipment and more!

Oktoberfest

Oktoberfest is held the first four weekends of October and has become a fall tradition for thousands of people. Each weekend there are special activities around town, held amid the spectacular fall colors of one of  Missouri’s most beautiful towns.

Also be sure to check out Hermann’s schedule of holiday events, which range from home tours to Christmas markets. No matter when you visit Hermann, you’re sure to feel as though you’ve stepped back in time to a community that values tradition and history and is ready to welcome you!

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