The history, architecture, and enduring celebrations in the small city of Cullman make it a perfect choice for a European-inspired day trip in Alabama. German immigrants, including town founder Col. Johann Gottfried Cullmann began settling the community in 1873. While their influence remains evident today, recent history has brought additional touches of European flair from parts beyond Germany.

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Lastly, if you have time to squeeze in a hike, check out Hurricane Creek Park in Falkville, which is less than 10 miles north of Cullman. I recommend the Twilight Tunnel and Hidden Valley Loop Trail. My dog and I detoured to explore one recent winter day, and it did not disappoint – even at that time of year.

Do you agree Cullman is perfect for a European-inspired day trip in Alabama? Let us know your experiences if you’ve had a chance to visit and any other local tips you’d offer first-timers.

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