Hermann Heights Park & Monument
Hermann Heights Park Paver Map - Main Entrance (PDF)
Hermann Heights Park Paver Map - Off Main Entrance (PDF)
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Hermann Heights Park is a very special park, located in the center of New Ulm and is home to Hermann the German Monument. This 102-foot monument towers over the city and depicts Hermann the Cherusci, the ancient hero whose army liberated Germany from Roman rule in 9 C.E.
As German immigrants came to the U.S., 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 the Sons of Hermann” 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 4,000-pound statue, designated by the U.S. Congress in 2000 as a national symbol of German heritage.
Each year, tens of thousands of visitors climb a spiral staircase to the base of the statue for a stunning, panoramic view of the city and the Minnesota River Valley. The park also has an interpretive center that houses artifacts and various media that educate visitors about the legend of the folk hero.
- Open daily Memorial Day through Labor Day, Monday- Friday 10 a.m. - 5 p.m., Saturdays & Sundays 10 a.m. - 7 p.m.
- Saturdays and Sundays in May and September
- Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays the first 3 weekends in October
- The monument will closed in case of inclement weather
Admission is $3 per person, and children 5 years of age and under are free when accompanied by an adult.
YouTube Video of Hermann Monument
Off 90: Hermann the German, Glass Mosaic Artist, Piano Teacher, Social Lights, Cross Country Skiing
The park has two identical, seasonal shelters available for rent. Each shelter has windows that can be open or shut, seat approximately 100 people and equipped with picnic tables, serving counter and electricity.
This location has restrooms, though they are not always unlocked.
The park is also home to New Ulm and Southern Minnesota’s first inclusive playground. With its poured-in-place, rubber surfacing and variety of exciting play equipment, it is sure to keep families entertained!
Hermann Heights Park Construction
M. R. Paving and Excavating Inc., recently completed a Reinvest in New Ulm (RENU) project, which included significant improvements to the park! Improvements included replacing the retaining wall system, relocating Monument Street (the park entrance road), establishment of parking lots and accessibility additions and improvements including sidewalks and walkways.