A few suggestions to help you plan your visit…
If you only have one day:
- Start downtown with breakfast at one of our cafe’s or coffee shops and spend a little time chatting with the locals.
- Stop by the Convention and Visitors Bureau to pick up an iPod preloaded with audio and video podcasts about New Ulm’s historic downtown. As you walk from shop to shop, pause to learn about what happened a century or more ago, right where you’re standing. (Pick up a few souvenirs while you’re at it!)
- Head to the Rathskellar at Turner Hall for lunch and a cold beverage, and to admire the recently uncovered and restored murals of Germany, Switzerland and Italy.
- Work off your meal with a climb to the top of Hermann Monument, where you’ll be rewarded with a panoramic view of the river valley.
- Snag a ticket for a tour of the August Schell Brewery. The nearly one-hour tour includes a walk through the old brew house, a video of today’s brewing operations and plenty of time to sample beers in the Schells’ tap room. Afterward, wander through the carefully tended gardens, say hello to the deer and peacocks or visit the gift shop.
- Treat yourself to an authentic German dinner at one of our downtown restaurants, and enjoy the nightlife along Minnesota Street.
If you have a whole weekend:
Start with the one-day suggested itinerary above.
On day two:
- Start the next day with a bike ride on the five-mile recreational trail, taking in the river or stopping in nearby parks. Or, head to Flandrau State Park for a hike or a dip in the sand-bottomed pool.
- Grab takeout from one of our restaurants and enjoy a picnic by the fountain in German Park.
- Catch an afternoon performance at the Glockenspiel, one of the few freestanding carillons of its size in the world.
- Play a round of golf at the New Ulm Country Club. If you’re feeling less ambitious, make it mini-golf at the Putting Green.
- Ready to put your feet up and call it a day? Head to the Grand Kabaret downtown to take in some spirited entertainment that could range from a jazz combo, a solo guitarist, vocal duos and even poetry readings. Refresh your body with som light food and enjoy tasty wine selections.
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You and the girls want to get away? We’ve got you covered.
- Start your day at Cornerstone Coffee, located in an 1865 building that is one of the last of the original business buildings still standing in New Ulm.
- Get ready to shop, shop, shop. New Ulm is filled with stores you won’t find anywhere else. Be sure to venture outside downtown to Domeier’s German store, a cozy shop stocked with items straight from the old country. And don’t forget Weeds & Reeds on the other side of downtown, where a 1926 gas station is now filled with vintage and eclectic gifts.
- Have lunch beside the fireplace at Lola’s Larkspur Market, where you’ll find soups and sandwiches, salads, and more, in addition to a full wine list.
- If you’re up for more shopping, New Ulm will keep you occupied. Or, head to one of our salons for a relaxing manicure and pedicure.
- Make the short trip out to the Morgan Creek Vineyard to sample varietals from Minnesota’s only underground winery.
- Take a walk along the Cottonwood River in Flandrau State Park, or ride your bikes on New Ulm’s five miles of recreational trails.
- Tour the stately Lind House, the restored one-time home of Minnesota’s 14th governor.
- At the childhood home of children’s author Wanda Gag, admire lithographs and paintings by Wanda Gag and other members of her family.
- Have lunch at the famous Veigel’s Kaiserhoff, known for its braised ribs and German specialties.
- Take a tour of the August Schell brewery and gardens, where you’ll sample awardwinning beers in some of the city’s most beautiful surroundings.