Nestled in the beautiful Minnesota River Valley, just 90 minutes southwest of Minneapolis/St. Paul, lies the most German city in America: New Ulm, MN. The town was founded by Germans and has retained much of its German charm, evident in the architecture, food, and music found throughout the city. New Ulm has many attractions for travelers, including Schell’s Brewery, Morgan Creek Vineyards, the Hermann Monument (affectionately called “Hermann The German”), a Glockenspiel in historic downtown, museums and monuments, historic homes and much, much more!
People travel from all over the world to visit August Schell Brewery, the second-oldest family-owned brewery in the United States. Established in 1860 by German immigrants, they exude German pride through the award winning craft beers they make. Brewery tours including tastings in the tap room. Visitors are encouraged to explore the gardens, find peacocks that roam at will and visit the museum and gift shop. Schell’s Brewery offers a number of large events throughout the year and a Bier Garten every weekend during the summer months. www.schellsbrewery.com
Morgan Creek Vineyards, Minnesota’s only underground eco-friendly winery, tasting room, and gift shop, is an agri-tourist culinary destination producing distinctive national award winning fine wines. Specializing in German, French, and American style wines, the winery offers a performing arts series, culinary events, seasonal festivals, and weekly live jazz and classical music Friday and Saturday evenings. Visitors enjoy the bucolic rural setting along the creek-side wine café where gourmet appetizers are baked in an authentic European wood fired oven. www.morgancreekvineyards.com
New Ulm is also known as the city of festivals, with a major festival happening nearly every month. New Ulm’s Oktoberfest celebration, held the first two full weekends in October, is nationally recognized as one of the best in the nation! Visit New Ulm and learn how Germans Have More Fun! www.newulm.com