Minnesota Prairie Roots

Writing and photography by Audrey Kletscher Helbling

A must-see in New Ulm: German Park August 3, 2015

MINNEAPOLIS HAS THE LAKE HARRIET Rose Garden. St. Cloud has the Munsinger/Clemens Gardens. Chaska has the Minnesota Landscape Aboretum.

A view of German Park from the street-side steps that lead to the park at the bottom of the hill.

A view of German Park from the street-side steps that lead to the park. There’s also access at the bottom of the hill so you don’t need to take the steps.

And New Ulm has German Park, centered by a replica of the Bethesda Fountain in New York City’s Central Park.

Stroll the paths and enjoy the flower gardens.

Stroll the paths and enjoy the flower gardens. Or sit and contemplate.

If you haven’t discovered this park in the heart of Minnesota’s most German community, then you need to visit this oasis just a block from New Ulm’s downtown business district. I came across German Park a few years ago and revisited it on the Fourth of July while en route to a family gathering an hour farther west along U.S. Highway 14.

The Angel Fountain centers the park which features an abundance of plants and flowers.

The Angel of the Waters Fountain centers the park which features an abundance of plants and flowers, a picnic shelter and other amenities.

Here, in a tranquil setting of fountain and flowers, my husband, son and I lunched on sandwiches and fruit while delighting in the beauty of this place. There’s a reason the New Ulm tourism website lists German Park as one of the “Top Ten Things to See.” This place, this park, is poetic and pleasing, and just plain lovely.

Gigantic urns overflow with flowers.

Gigantic urns overflow with flowers like these petunias, lilies, marigolds and more.

This is a flower lover's delight.

This is a flower lover’s delight.

These roses, which remind me of the wild roses that grew in road ditches when I was growing up, were nearly done blossoming.

These roses, which remind me of the wild roses that bloomed in road ditches when I was growing up in southwestern Minnesota, were nearly done blossoming.

The pathways are designed to allow visitors a close-up look at the flowers.

The pathways are designed to allow visitors a close-up look at the flowers.

I love these rustic urns, which are so large and heavy it would take several people to move them.

I love these rustic urns, which are so large and heavy it would take several people to move them.

A shady spot to rest.

A shady spot to rest.

The fountain

The fountain is a small reproduction of the fountain in New York’s Central Park. French sculptor Jules-Felix Coutan created this fountain purchased in 1998 from an auction house in Atlanta. It is a gift to the city from Barbara Sweasy Haroldson.

Be forewarned.

Be forewarned.

Splashing your hands in the fountain is not forbidden.

Splashing your hands in the fountain is not forbidden.

Water spills over the fountain cherubs.

Water spills over the fountain cherubs.

Angel of the Waters

Angel of the Waters, the focal point of German Park.

In another section of the park, greenery and benches, marked by lovely columns, offer a place of respite.

In another section of the park, greenery and benches, marked by lovely columns, offer a place of respite.

Imprinted on columns is information about what I assume to be park supporters. The August Schell Brewing Company is a major New Ulm attraction.

Imprinted on columns is information about what I assume to be park supporters. The August Schell Brewing Company is a major New Ulm attraction and on the list of “Top Ten Things to See” in this city.

German Park was obviously a community effort. I love when a community works together to create something stunningly beautiful like his park.

German Park was obviously a community effort. I love when a community works together to create something stunningly beautiful like this park.

Local history is imprinted on pavers.

Local history is imprinted on pavers.

Along the street above the park

This granite statue along German Street just above the park honors the German-Bohemian immigrants who lived in the section of New Ulm known as Goosetown.

A portion of New Ulm's downtown business district with the Glockenspiel, another of the city's "Top Ten Things to See," in the background.

A portion of New Ulm’s downtown business district along N. Minnesota Street with the Glockenspiel in the background.

FYI: German Park is located at 200 N. German Street, several blocks south of U.S. Highway 14 and a block from N. Minnesota Street. The Summer Concerts in the Park series at German Park continues every Monday through the end of August. Music starts at 7 p.m.

© Copyright 2015 Audrey Kletscher Helbling

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27 Responses to “A must-see in New Ulm: German Park”

  1. Beth Ann Says:

    It is an oasis, isn’t it? We went to the Dothan Botanical Gardens again yesterday for a quick “event” but we did not linger as the heat was horrible and we had our minds on some ice cream. 🙂

  2. Dan Traun Says:

    A beautiful space overflowing with vibrant color. Parks are a huge asset to town/cities. A green space oasis among the concrete/asphalt jungle.

    • You are 100 percent correct. I especially love parks that feature water fountains. We have a lovely fountain here in Faribault. However, it’s, in my opinion, in the wrong place, in a space that is not widely used. I’d like to see a fountain in our Central Park. It would add so much to a park that centers community activities.

  3. Beautiful Park – Loving Your Captures – Thanks so much for sharing – Brightened My Day 🙂 Happy Week – Enjoy!

  4. Littlesundog Says:

    I didn’t realize New Ulm was a German community. The park is lovely The cherubs in water drops photo was my favorite! Even though the movie, “New In Town” was not actually filmed in New Ulm, MN, the city is the focal point portraying a mostly blue collar population in a “nowhere” town in Minnesota. I’ve seen that movie a dozen times – it is a great depiction of what winter and everyday life is in the north and central US states.

    • Ah, yes, I remember that movie…barely. I need to watch it again.

      “Nowhere,” huh? I suppose some consider the edge of the prairie to be “nowhere.”

      New Ulm celebrate its German heritage unlike any other community in Minnesota. I love New Ulm. So much to see and do there.

  5. Jackie Says:

    What a beautiful oasis for sure. Love the Rose photo, so vibrant and crystal clear…lovely post!

  6. Such a wonderful town and a place we will visit again 🙂 Great work! I adore the fountain Cherubs

  7. Sherry M Says:

    What a wonderful garden this is. I love your photos. It is very nice when a community gets together like this to create something beautiful.

  8. June Milbrett Says:

    My daughter was married in this park several years ago……it was beautiful then and has become even more beautiful now, Makes one proud to be a part of the history of New Ulm .

  9. Curt Schultz Says:

    Just to inform ya’ll ; I have hand colored prints that Ive done of Angel Fountain; interested ?


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