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Hermann: German Utopia of the Midwest

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A June 2003 trip to Hermann by Coach Bear

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Quote: My wife and I traveled to Hermann to enjoy the festivities that occur on a frequent basis in this beautiful city. We feel that others may wish to travel to this great wine-growing region.

Hermann: German Utopia of the Midwest

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Overview

Hermann, MO Photo, Hermann, Missouri
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In 1836, appalled at the loss of native customs and language among their countrymen in America, the German Settlement Society of Philadelphia sold shares in a proposed community to be settled in the midwest of this country. A scouting committee bought 11,300 acres of land that was bounded on three sides by hills and bluffs, and bounded on a fourth by the Missouri River. The topography of the land and the abundance of wild grapevines reminded the committee of their native Rhine River region. Thus was founded the basis of the city of Hermann. My wife and I decided to see this city, of which we had read, and to enjoy the food and culture of the area. We decided to spend two or three days and night...Read More

Birk's Gasthaus Bed & Breakfast

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Hotel | "Birk's Gasthaus"

Birk's Gasthaus Bed & Breakfast Photo, Hermann, Missouri
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After reading about the Hermann area and its many bed and breakfast guesthouses, my wife and I finally chose to spend our trip at Birk's Gasthaus. We were impressed by its architecture and by the opportunities to participate in a murder mystery. (We thought that we could see what the house was like before deciding to participate in a mystery in the future.) This house was built in 1886 by Michael Poeschel who also built Stone Hill Winery. It served as a family home until about 1986, when it was renovated for use as a bed and breakfast. The website for the house includes a description of the rooms and photos, so we were able to choose the room that we wanted for our trip. One of the a...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on August 12, 2003

Birk's Gasthaus Bed & Breakfast
700 Goethe Street
Hermann, Missouri 65041
(573) 486-2911

Hermann Brewing Company

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Restaurant

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One of the restaurants that Anna and I wanted to visit was the Hermann Brewing Company. The owners, Joseph and Christina Hoefle, are the son-in-law and daughter of one of our crafting friends, Carol Coy. So, we set out one evening to visit the restaurant. Hermann Brewing Company is housed in the Henry Honeck Building built in 1884 and located in the heart of Hermann's Historic District. So, when we entered the building, we were impressed with the quaint style in which the dinning room and the bar were arranged. The brewing room (and the restrooms) was located downstairs, and could be viewed through a large-paned window. Joe usually has between two and five beers brewing at all times. ...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on August 7, 2003

Hermann Brewing Company
120 East Fourth Street
Hermann, Missouri 65041
(573) 486-4677

Stone Hill Winery

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Attraction

Stone Hill Winery Photo, St. Louis, Missouri
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Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, Stone Hill Winery welcomes visitors with open arms. This was the case when my wife and I visited the winery for a tour of the facilities, views of the scenery, and a meal at the restaurant. A guide ushered my wife and I along with other visitors through the ancient arched cellars. While doing this, we were given a history of the winery. Begun in 1847, Stone Hill grew to be the third largest winery in the world and second largest in the United States. However, in 1920, the Prohibition Act was legislated and the wine industry was ruined in Missouri. The wine cellars were used for growing mushrooms. Jim and Betty Held bought the winery...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on August 7, 2003

Stone Hill Winery
1110 Stone Hill Highway
Hermann, Missouri 65041
(573) 486-2221

German School Museum

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Attraction

German School Museum Photo, Hermann, Missouri
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One of the interesting buildings that my wife and I visited while we were in Hermann was the German School Museum. This museum is open every day except Thursday from April through October. We were really thankful that we had a chance to see a slice of the area's culture. The German School was built in 1871, and the building served as Hermann's elementary school until 1955. The town clock (located on the steeple) has been operating since 1890. There were five rooms that my wife and I were able to see. These included: The German Heritage Room, with winemaking exhibits and memorabilia, a pre-Civil War loom, newspapers and handmade printing blocks, and Hermann pottery from about 1860. ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on August 12, 2003

German School Museum
312 Schiller Street
Hermann, Missouri

Hermannhof Vineyards

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Attraction

Hermannhof Vineyards Photo, Hermann, Missouri
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Hermannhof Vineyards is one of many historic wine-making companies in the Hermann area. Established in 1852, Hermannhof was the second largest vineyard in the area. It ceased operations due to the Prohibiton Act in 1920. It was purchased and reopened in 1978 and has grown to its former prestige in just a short time. A dedication to quality has enabled Hermannhof to become the first two-time winner of the Brown-Foreman Trophy for "Best New World White Wine", along with numerous other awards. My wife and I decided to visit this historic vineyards while we were in Hermann. The owners were happy to take us through the wine cellars and allow us to walk among the vineyards and see the grapes growin...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on August 12, 2003

Hermannhof Vineyards
330 East First Street
Hermann, Missouri 65041
(573) 486-5959