The leaves are changing to hues of golden yellow, burnt orange, and fire red as you stroll downtown across the worn brick sidewalks to your next destination. The bright red trolley with grape and vine accents glides across the street full of visitors traveling to the next winery. In the distance, you hear the music of live bands softly, and the smell of homemade bratwurst topped with fresh sauerkraut.
Just beyond the Missouri River, your world transforms into the historic 19th-century German-inspired village, Hermann, Missouri. As the fall weather begins to shadow this small town, Hermann warmly welcomes all visitors to celebrate their German heritage. One of the biggest events of the year, Oktoberfest, just concluded
Oktoberfest includes a variety of activities suitable for all ages. A day could range from relaxing at the wineries, taking your family on a farm tour, or even visiting historic sites and museums.
In the heart of Missouri’s wine country, Hermann has many wineries and distilleries located all across the small town. While visiting, you can expect to listen to live bands, tour vineyards and cellars, and enjoy the products that growers and producers in Hermann have been working hard on year round.
“This is our second home,” said, Mel and Pat Propst, of Jefferson City, Missouri. As the world renowned Loehnig German Band belts out its traditional tunes on the accordion, the couple dances away in their traditional German attire. Gradually, members of the crowd join them on the dancefloor to experience the musical culture of Germany.
“We have been doing this for many, many years,” Propst said. “We enjoy the atmosphere, the folks, the people, everything. It’s just fun.”
Autumn is a great time to visit Hermann no matter what age,” said Tammy Bruckerhoff, director of Tourism and Economic Development.
All ages can explore the captivating history of German-American heritage through Historic Hermann’s Museum at the German School, and the Deutschheim State Historic Site. Hermann’s Oktoberfest is also known for its annual Arts and Crafts Festival, where for over 68 years local artisans have showcased their handmade and original arts and crafts pieces.
October is just the start of the busy seasonal experience that Hermann has to offer. This November, Hermann will welcome wine lovers from all over to enjoy its annual Holiday Fare Wine Trail. December is also full of holiday experiences that will take you back in time by celebrating Christmas in the 19th-century of Germany, such as the Cookie Walk, holiday house tours, and horse-drawn carriage rides.