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Columbia Side Trip

If you’re looking for a taste of the old world here in Missouri, take a little side trip on your next visit to Columbia. Only  an hour away, opens in a new windowHermann preserves traditions set down by its German settlers.

A visit to Hermann offers plenty of options for visitors who want to experience history, wineries and festivals. Here are a few “can’t miss” Hermann highlights…

Restored Historical Buildings

While the entire town of Hermann is dotted with historic homes, there are a couple not to be missed. The opens in a new windowDeutschheim State Historic Site has two houses open for daily tours and captures the culture and heritage of the Germans who migrated to Missouri in the mid- to late-19th century.

Hermann’s Old German School

Also be sure to check out the Hermann Museum at the Old German School. The arts and crafts of yesteryear are well preserved in Historic Hermann’s newly renovated German School. Built in 1871, the building served as Hermann’s elementary school until 1955. Open April through October, the museum has eight rooms of history to explore.

Hermann Wine Trail

Winding through some of the prettiest scenery in the state, the Hermann Wine Trail meanders for 20 scenic miles along the Missouri River between Hermann and New Haven.

Along the trail, seven family-owned wineries  (Adam Puchta Winery, Bias Winery, Dierberg Star Lane Tasting Room, Hermannhof Winery, OakGlenn Winery, Röbbler Winery and Stone Hill Winery) are open for tasting and tours. Wine trail tickets are $30 each and must be purchased in advance.

During the third weekend in November, you can also enjoy the opens in a new windowHoliday Fare Wine Trail,  where you can sip and sample festive wine and food pairings at seven stops along the scenic Hermann Wine Trail. A celebration of good food and good wine, shared with family and friends—the perfect start to the holiday season.

Traditional Festivals


Each year on the fourth weekend of March, Hermann stakes its claim as the Sausage Capital of Missouri. Experience sausages from the state’s leading purveyors to sample and buy, statewide professional and amateur sausage-making contests, German music and dancing, old-time sausage-making demonstrations, displays of antique sausage- and wine-making equipment and more!


Oktoberfest is held the first four weekends of October and has become a fall tradition for thousands of people. Each weekend there are special activities around town, held amid the spectacular fall colors of one of  Missouri’s most beautiful towns.

Also be sure to check out Hermann’s schedule of opens in a new windowholiday events, which range from home tours to Christmas markets. No matter when you visit Hermann, you’re sure to feel as though you’ve stepped back in time to a community that values tradition and history and is ready to welcome you!

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Just a short 45 minute drive from Columbia is the village of opens in a new windowArrow Rock. The entire village is a designated National Historic Landmark and is full of friendly people, charming shops and fascinating historical attractions.

Start your day by checking out the visitors center and museum right on the edge of the village. Get visitor information and learn about the rich history of the era. Then head down the path into the village!

Now Entering: The Village of Arrow Rock

Just like that, you feel as though you’ve stepped back in time as you explore historic buildings and merchants including antiques and a country store. You can also use this handy opens in a new windowwalking tour map to help you find all the can’t miss stops.

If you’re in Arrow Rock in May-November, be sure to see if you can add a performance at the opens in a new windowLyceum Theatre to your agenda. The theatre is one of Missouri’s oldest professional regional theatres and professional actors, directors, designers and technicians from across the country take residence in Arrow Rock for several months to bring our audience outstanding musicals and plays. This year’s season included the Music Man and Camelot with To Kill a Mockingbird and Sanders Family Christmas still to come. opens in a new windowBuy your tickets early, these shows sell out fast!

Next time you’re in Columbia, escape for an afternoon and immerse yourself in history in Arrow Rock. It’s just a short drive to the past.

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Just 25 minutes away from Columbia, right off of Interstate 70 is a historical goldmine. opens in a new windowFulton, Missouri in Callaway County is a perfect day trip during your visit to Columbia. This is especially true for fans of history and small town charm.

Touch History

At the National Churchill Museum and Berlin Wall sculpture, experience significant pieces of world history.

Fulton Church

To honor the British statesman, Winston Churchill, and in commemoration of his famous “Iron Curtain” speech given on the Westminster campus, President R.L.D. Davidson proposed the idea of transporting and rebuilding one of Sir Christopher Wren’s churches on the Fulton campus. The church had been partially destroyed during the Blitz of 1940-41. On May 7, 1969, after four years of labor, the memorial was dedicated in the presence of many British and American dignitaries.

Berlin Wall

Former President Ronald Reagan came to Westminster College on November 9, 1990 to help dedicate Edwina Sandys’ sculpture “Breakthrough.” Mrs. Sandys, granddaughter of Winston Churchill, created the sculpture from sections of the infamous Berlin Wall. It depicts a man and woman who have “broken through” the barrier to freedom. The sculpture stands to the west of the Churchill Memorial.

Enjoy Small Town Charm

After you’ve explored the historical side of Fulton, take in some small town charm. Grab a bite at Beks or Fulton Café or sip a soda at Sault’s Ice Cream and Soda Fountain. Once you’ve addressed your appetite, shop for a bit at Schaeffer’s Store, Smockingbirds or Sweet Temptations.

On your next visit to Columbia, take half a day and explore Fulton. This hidden treasure will provide a surprising and memorable experience.

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