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. 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.
Hours: Monday-Friday 10AM-5PM | Saturday & Sunday 10AM-7PM
Dates: Saturdays and Sundays in May and September; Daily from Memorial Day weekend to Labor Day; Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays of Oktoberfest
Admission: $3 per person, children 5 and under free with a paid adult.
Note: Monument closes during inclement weather