Photo by Mary Loughlin

Photo by Mary Loughlin

It is commonly believed that the Hermann area’s resemblance to the Rhine Valley prompted scouts from the German Settlement Society of Philadelphia to choose the site for a colony on the American frontier. Hermann has been voted “Missouri’s Most Beautiful Town” by Rural Missouri Magazine and named “Best Small-Town Destination” and “Best Day Trip from St. Louis” in AAA’s Best of the Midwest poll.