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8 U.S. towns with a Bavarian twist

Hermann, Missouri, Festhalle

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Hermann, Mo.

Unlike some recently constructed Bavarian-style towns, Hermann has a long history and most of its buildings date back more than a century. Established by German immigrants in the mid-19th century, this Mississippi River town is known for its wine, sausages and Old World German architecture. Hermann-area vineyards produce German-style wines, while the town's restaurants are known for serving some of the best sausages on the eastern side of the Atlantic. Several small museums put the town in a larger historical context, while some of Hermann's original buildings have been converted into bed-and-breakfasts, so visitors can surround themselves with the history and German culture that make this Missouri town unique.