Hermann is a popular tourist destination located in mid-Missouri on the banks of the Missouri River. It has a rich history dating back to 1837 when the land was purchased by the German Settlement Society in Philadelphia with the goal of establishing a community to preserve their German traditions and culture. The first settlers arrived in 1838 and were surprised to find the steep, rocky hillsides. Being industrious and hardworking they decided the best use of the land was vineyards. Just 10 years later they held their first Weinfest! By the early 1900’s there were 66 Wineries operating in and around Hermann. The successes of the vintners came to an end in 1919 with the enactment of Prohibition. It was not until the 1960’s that the wine industry returned. Today seven wineries operate in the area and is one of the reasons tourists travel to Hermann.
Hermann still retains its Old World charm. A five-block area is designated as a national historic district with several properties listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The town’s German Heritage is evident and is celebrated annually every May and October with Maifest and Oktoberfest. In addition to visiting the wineries and the Hermann Wurst Haus there are other fun ways to spend a few days in Hermann. Here are a few ideas.
Winding through some of the prettiest scenery in the state, the Hermann Wine Trail meanders for 30 scenic miles along the Missouri River between Hermann and New Haven. Along the trail, seven family-owned wineries are open for tasting and tours. The wine trail hosts seven wine and food events throughout the year; Chocolate Wine Trail, Farmers’ Table Wine Trail, Wild Bacon Wine Trail, Berries & BarBQ Wine Trail, Holiday Fare Wine Trail and Say Cheese Wine Trail.
Adam Puchta Winery
Bias Winery & Microbrewery
Curling Vine Winery
Dierberg Star Lane Tasting Room
G. Husmann Wine Company
Travel Hermann in style! All day transportation provided to wineries, other attractions, lodging and restaurants in Hermann.
Deutschheim State Historic Site, is dedicated to the preservation of the culture and heritage of the Germans who migrated to Missouri in the 19th century. Historic home tours and demonstration gardens. 109 West Second Street
Historic Hermann Museum, houses a diverse collection of objects that reflect the history and heritage of the Hermann area. Learn ”why and how” settlers immigrated to Hermann from the 1830s well into the 1900s. 312 Schiller Street, Hermann, MO
The 240-mile Katy Trail State Park, the nation’s longest rails-to-trails project, is located just across the river from Hermann.
Loutre Shore Country Club, a beautiful, semi-private 9-hole golf course, located 1.5 miles north of Hermann on Highway 19.