Located in the heart of the “Missouri Rhineland,” the picturesque village of Hermann brings a taste of Germany to the Midwest. Surrounded by countryside reminiscent of Germany’s Rhine Valley, visitors can enjoy a collection of Missouri wines, historic sites, antique shops and endless ways to pamper yourself.
Step back into the past with a visit to the Hermann Farm Museum. The 200-acre spread offers tours of land once occupied by noted wine pioneer George Husmann. Explore the Husmann home, distillery, mule barn and more. Marvel at the sheer size of the Shire draft horses, an endangered breed that often towers over the Clydesdale. Take a wagon tour or carriage ride.
Discover the story behind the settling of Hermann at the Deutschheim State Historic Site. German immigrants came to the area in the 1800s, drawn by tales of a region in America that resembled their homeland. Tour the Strehly House, once the site of a thriving winery and German printing press, and the Pommer-Genter House, a stately brick German Neoclassical home furnished as it was in the 19th century.
Housed in the 1871 German School building, the Historic Hermann Museum highlights the area's history and heritage. Seven themed rooms provide insight into the town’s significance, including its role as a bustling port on the Missouri River and the contributions of its citizens to the wine industry.
Described as “The Best of the Wurst,” Hermann Wurst Haus has won hundreds of awards for its award-winning smoked meats and sausages. The shop offers more than 47 varieties of bratwurst, including the popular Caramelized Pear & Gorgonzola. Free samples can help you determine what pleases your palate. Once you’ve decided on your favorites, make your way to the deli counter to order a meal. Sign up for a class to learn how to make your own sausage.
Enjoy a selection of smoked meats, roasted vegetables and delectable desserts at Fernweh Distilling Co. Pair your meal with a cocktail crafted with their bourbon, whiskey or moonshine.
Get your sugar fix at Sugar Momma’s. Pies galore, salt-water taffy, German candies, Ted Drewes frozen custard, honey ice cream and fudge offer many ways to satisfy your sweet tooth.
The Hermann Trolley makes it easy to sample the wine and spirits at seven wineries and five distilleries - while drinking responsibly. The shuttle service transports you between each establishment and includes stops at local favorites such as Adam Puchta, Stone Hill, Hermannhof and Oak Glenn wineries.
Cool off with a frozen coastal-cocktail at Doxie Slush. With more than a dozen choices, it might be best to order a “slush flight” and sample three different flavor combinations.
Martin Brothers Winery makes traditional mead - wine created entirely from honey. Nestled in the rolling hills 15 minutes outside of Hermann, the winery is a great place for a guided tasting and picnic.