Welcome to Hermann
In 1837, George Thayer from the German Settlement Society of Philadelphia traveled to Missouri to scout for land for a new German settlement west of Philadelphia. He landed upon 11,000 acres of rugged terrain along the Missouri River, which we now know as Hermann. The land, though beautiful, seemed to be impractical and caused a lot of problems for the settlers. But with determination and hard work, the Germans planted vineyards along the rocky hillsides which helped the town become a newfound destination for visitors from St. Louis.
Almost 200 years later, the town remains a popular destination.
During Prohibition, the town of Hermann experienced an economic downfall due to much of their commerce being based off the vineyards. However, once Prohibition ended and the vineyards began to pop up again, Hermann became a tourist destination for not only its delicious wine, but also for its Old-World charm.
Take the train.
The Amtrak’s Missouri River Runner runs between St. Louis and Kansas City, and makes a stop in downtown Hermann along the way.
Enjoy some sips along the wine trail.
The Hermann Wine Trail consists of
. The communities in and around Hermann sell nearly 200,000 gallons of wine each year. So if you're wondering where 1/3 of the state's wine is being made, now you know.
Fancy a beer?
Maybe wine's not your thing. Or maybe you'd like to sip down a pint after your winery stop, you know, to get the "full Hermann experience." Well whatever your reason is, head over to Tin Mill Brewing Company. They have 20 beers on tap that change throughout the season. On a nice day, walk out to their biergarten and socialize with locals and tourists, alike.
Catch a show in a historic theater.
Built in 1934, the former Hermo movie theater reopened as a community theatre in 1984. Now called, The Showboat, this 240-seat theater on East Fourth Street continues to host a variety of stage shows.
Enjoy a taste of Germany in Missouri.
With annual festivals such as Oktoberfest, Maifest and Wurstfest, it's safe to say that German culture is still alive and well in this town.
Grab a bite to eat.
For authentic German food, Hermann Wurst Haus is an obvious choice. This fairly new restaurant specializes in bratwurst, bacon and other German favorites. It's located at 234 E. 1st Street.
Ride your bike or take a walk.
The Katy Trail, the
longest rail trail
in the United States, runs through Hermann. Enjoy the fall foliage without the noise of cars, as you cruise or stroll along the crushed limestone path.
Stay the night.
Bed & breakfasts tend to have a warmer and homier feel than your run-of-the-mill hotel. Reserve a private room in one of their charming, historic
bed & breakfasts
and enjoy a delicious homemade meal in the morning.
You may not make it to Germany for Oktoberfest this year, but celebrating the holiday in Hermann is the next best thing!