This 102-foot monument towering over New Ulm depicts Hermann the Cheruscan, the ancient hero whose army liberated Germany from Roman rule in 9 A.D. As German immigrants came to the United States, the legend of Hermann as the father of German independence and a symbol of honor and pride came with them. In 1840, a national Order of Hermann’s Sons was founded in New York. In 1887, the Order commissioned a statue of Hermann similar to the one in Germany to be erected in New Ulm. It took nearly a decade to complete the more than 4,000-pound statue, designated by the U.S. Congress in 2000 as a national symbol of German heritage. Visitors may climb a staircase to the statue for a stunning, panoramic view of New Ulm and the river valley, and tour the Interpretive Center in the base of the monument which is sponsored by the Hermann Monument Society. The monument sits on the grounds of Hermann Heights Park, which has playground equipment and picnic facilities. www.hermannmonument.com
Location: 10 Monument Street, at the top of the Center Street hill.
Dates: Saturdays and Sundays in May and September; Daily from Memorial Day weekend to Labor Day; Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays of Oktoberfest
Admission: $2.75 per person, children 5 and under free with a paid adult.
Note: Monument closes during inclement weather