Known to locals as Hermann the German this statue depicts Hermann the Cheruscan, also known by the Latin name Arminius, and he looks out over the Minnesota River Valley and New Ulm. On the National Register of Historic Places he's a symbolic monument for the area's German population.
Hermann is always available for viewing, but if you want to climb the stairs to the top you have to plan accordingly- in inclement weather they close for safety reasons. Best time to visit for the view is in the Fall when the leaves along the valley are at their most vibrant!
Climb to the top of Hermann and look out over the valley of New Ulm for only $2.25 during normal working hours of 10 a.m. - 7 p.m.: Daily (Memorial Day, May 26 through Labor Day, September 1). Also open for viewing on Saturdays and Sundays in May and September; Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays the first three weekends in October.
Arrive at Morgan Creek Vineyards before 6 PM on a Friday or Saturday night for a complimentary wine tasting. Decide which wine you like best and purchase a bottle from the shop, where you can also place orders for delicious goodies out of their wood burning oven. Once you've placed your order, grab the best seat in the house- the swing for two handing on the oak tree, which overlooks Morgan Creek. If that's taken, enjoy one of the tables by the bonfire pit, you'll be perfectly seated for some warmth from the fire and still able to hear the live piano or jazz music being offered that night.
Order a personal sized margarita pizza or get adventurous and try the sauerkraut pizza! As an appetizer order their baked brie with pepperoncini peppers and roasted garlic. If you come for brunch on Sunday mornings you can order a breakfast pizza complete with prosciutto and egg.
Best nights to visit are Friday and Saturdays during the summer and fall, as there is always live music playing. Also open on Thursday evenings and Sundays for brunch. Go earlier in the day for a tour of the winery as well.
In honor of the upcoming holiday it's important to know where the best Christmas tree farms are located. Guggisberg Tree Farm has several different types of trees- from long needle spruce to pines to firs. It's located on a beautiful stretch of countryside just outside of New Ulm, Minnesota.
The owners are incredibly friendly and helpful. Not sure what kind of tree you are seeking? Talk it through with the owners, they'll have some great suggestions and even direct you to the part of the farm where you can find your dream tree. Once you find your tree, cut it down and they'll bring it back for you. The best part is the customer service- they shake out the tree to remove dead branches, needles, and snow, then they will make sure to get your tree tied as tightly to your car as possible. No matter the distance you have to travel, your tree will be safe.
Opens the Friday after Thanksgiving. 9 to 5 on Saturdays and 11 to 5 on Sundays until Christmas. If you want to go at some time outside of those hours you can schedule an appointment as well.
Because it's out in the country you will want good directions once you get outside of New Ulm. Take County Road 13 South of New Ulm 4.5 miles. Turn right on County Road 24 and go 3 miles. Turn left on 180th road (gravel) and go 1.7 miles- the road will curve and stay right as you come to the fork in the road at the lake (there should be a sign there). Guggisberg Tree Farm will be your next left from there.
Schell's Brewery is the second oldest family owned brewery in the United States! It also happens to be the oldest in the state of Minnesota- during a time when micro breweries are popping up all over the place it's fun to visit one with a little more history.
They stayed in business during the prohibition by creating their famous 1919 root beer, which is still available and can be purchased in the half keg for parties of all sorts!
Visit the brewery for a tour of their facilities, a great story of their history (and family!) then shop their gift shop, and then enjoy a beer down in the German style "pub" downstairs.
During the holidays there are wonderful Christmas decorations and in the warmer months you can walk the grounds and enjoy their award winning gardens and beautiful landscaping!