Date(s) - 08/14/2019 - 08/16/2019
7:30 am - 10:00 pm
New Ulm & Austin, Minnesota
We’ve got some good times on tap in this three day/two night tour. The question is, “Do Germans really have more fun?” The answer is “You bet!” Come with us and see just how much fun things can be when you’ve got that German accent involved.
Our first day will take us to Austin just in time for lunch at the Pizza Ranch so we aren’t overly hungry for our visit to the Spam Museum. A city tour of SPAMTOWN, USA will end with a visit to the Hormel Historic Home, the residence of George Hormel, founder of Hormel Foods Corporation and the son of German immigrant, John Hormel. Many of the home’s interior furnishings were imported from Europe and Quezal and Tiffany artglass are used on fixtures throughout the home.
Following a little time to freshen up we will enjoy dinner at the Old Mill Restaurant, the most historic restaurant in Southern Minnesota. Our evening will conclude with a tour of the historic Paramount Theatre in downtown Austin. The Paramount was built in 1929 to great fanfare, being the first movie palace in Austin accommodating 914 seats with a small stage and orchestra pit. The theatre was closed in 1976 due to television and mall cinemas. Restoration was undertaken in 1992 and now has seating for 622 with a full year-long calendar of events.
On Thursday we will travel to our next German settlement of New Ulm, where their website invites us to “Come see what’s brewing in New Ulm!” We will meet a local guide with a welcome reception of coffee and apple strudel as we begin a city tour. The Glockenspiel performance of 37 bells and 12 characters will be a highlight this morning. Some time is planned for us to visit the historic downtown area of New Ulm. As you walk from shop to shop, chat with some of the locals and pause to learn about what happened a century or more ago. Lunch will be on your own in the area. After a delicious meal, perhaps climb the 99 steps to the top of Hermann Monument where you’ll be rewarded with a panoramic view of the river valley. Later in the afternoon we will visit the August Schell Brewery for a tour and tasting. Schell’s Brewery started in 1860 which makes it the second oldest brewery in the country, so its grounds are full of history! There will be time to visit the beautiful gardens, with roaming peacocks and deer, The Museum of Brewing and the gift shop. Our dinner and entertainment for the evening will feature a Murder Mystery. We will also be entertained by The Narren (German characters in handcarved wooden masks and colorful costumes).
Friday morning we will head to the Harkin General Store, once the social center of the community where townsfolk and farmers gathered to buy groceries, barter for supplies, and exchange news. A visit to the Wanda Gag House which was built in 1893 and was the childhood home of internationally acclaimed artist, illustrator and printmaker, Wanda Hazel Gag is a remarkable attraction. Wanda Gag is the author of the classic children’s book, Millions of Cats. The Brown County Museum was home to the New Ulm Post Office and is one of the city’s most architecturally distinct structures. Inside we’ll find an exhibit on the history of the Dakota War in 1862, an expansive historical display of Brown County’s Century Farms, and items from their Sister City of Ulm, Germany. This fascinating site is much more than a gorgeous building. Not only German’s reside in Austin and New Ulm, but they certainly have left their mark in the area. As we travel home, we will have time to share stories of our wonderful visit to Austin and New Ulm with all our new German-minded friends.
COST PER PERSON:
Tour includes: Deluxe motorcoach transportation, two nights’ accommodations, two breakfasts, four lunches or dinners and all admissions and services scheduled.