A visitors guide and community guide for
Where German Heritage melds with Texas lifestyle!
New Braunfels is a popular Texas tourist town that was founded in 1845 by Prince Carl of Solms-Braunfels region of Germany and a group of German farmers and craftsmen. German names can be seen on the billboards and street names throughout the city. New Braunfels has a population of over 36,000 and is growing at a nice pace.
New Braunfels is an easy drive from major Texas cities. Austin is 40 miles to the north, San Antonio is 25 miles to the south, and Houston is 160 miles to the east. The historic town of Gruene, Texas and Canyon Lake are only minutes away.
With the Comal and Guadulupe Rivers running through the city, visitors and the local folk enjoy a variety of water recreational activities. These activities take center stage during the summer months with the nationally known Schlitterbaun leading the way.
Every fall the city hosts Wurstfest which is one of the largest German festivals in America. Some of the best antique shopping can be enjoyed year around throughout the city.
Train at Landa Park
Landa Park should be on your must see list while you are visiting. Take a tour through the park on the miniature train.
Paddleboats for rent
Looking for a little water activity? Jump on in. The water is fine. Enjoy swimming in the spring-fed pools. Visitors also love boating and tubing on the river.
Want to play a little golf?
Choose between playing miniature golf or the challenging Landa Park 18-hole golf course.
Historic New Braunfels is one of the top tourist attractions in Texas. The Main Plaza was built in 1845. Then the Fountain was added in 1895 to celebrate the 50th anniversary and the Bandstand was added in 1905.
The Comal County Courthouse, built in its beautiful Romanesque revival style, stands across from the Main Plaza. The bell tower still announces the hour to the area.
Visit Historic Gruene Market Days the third weekend of every month from February to November and experience the charm of the historic community of Gruene.
Shop among 100 gifted handcrafted artisans and craftsman for jewelry, sculpture, furniture, pottery, spices and much more. All of their vendors are strictly juried and sell only the finest handmade products and art in Texas.
Enjoy the Town Lighting and visit with Cowboy Kringle during our special Christmas Markets held the 1st weekend of December every year.
Tourist Attractions in the Area:
- Natural Bridge Caverns
Texas' largest caverns. Located west of New Braunfels, Texas.
- Natural Bridge Wildlife Ranch
Take a safari drive thru Texas style. Located west of New Braunfels, Texas.
- Schlitterbahn Waterpark Resort
America's most favorite Waterpark resort in New Braunfels.
One of the biggest festivals in the United States during November. It is a salute to the sausage making industry.
- Canyon Lake
- Touring Texas
This web site provides tourist information for the state of Texas with links to over 100 cities and towns throughout Texas.
- Wonder World Park - San Marcos, Texas
The most visited cave in Texas.
- Seaworld Adventure Park - San Antonio
Amusement rides, water rides and fun, shows with dolphins, whales and sea lions, and much more.
- Six Flags Fiesta Texas - San Antonio
Six Flags Fiesta Texas is sure to be a crowd-pleaser with a full line-up of rides, shows, and family-fun entertainment.
New Braunfels Museum of Art & Music
New Braunfels Museum of Art & Music, located at 1257 Gruene Road in Gruene, is an Affiliate of the Smithsonian. This museum will be a major resource for the study of Texas Music. You can become a member and help support this worthwhile organization.
City of New Braunfels
New Braunfels Herald Zeitung
Radio New Braunfels - 92.1 - KNBT-FM
Alamo Classic Car Museum
6401 S. Interstate 35
New Braunfels, TX 78132
Museum of Texas Handmade Furniture
Historic Breustedt - Dillen House
1370 Church Hill Dr.
Off Highway 337, exit 189
New Braunfel's Marketplace
Bargain Hunters love to shop in this factory outlet mall
with about 50 different stores. Take exit 188 on IH-35.
Take IH-35 South 9 miles to find a shopping bananza from
pottery to crafts. Plan on staying at least two hours.
You will not be able to see everything in less time.
Railroad Depot and Museum (Circa 1890)
The International & Great Northern Railroad operated the passenger and freight depot until it was closed in 1982. The Historic Railroad & Modelers Society restored the building and has their museum open to the public.
Things to do in New Braunfels:
- Miles of river offer perfect tubing, swimming, and sunbathing. Water sports are King here.
- Drive up the River Road that winds across the Guadalupe River many times for some special scenery.
- Take a boating tour or cruise.
- Take a walking tour of historic New Braunfels.
- Nature watching and photography at its finest.
- Fishing from the Guadalupe River or charter a fishing boat on Canyon Lake.
- Shopping at the factory outlet stores and local tourist stores.
- Shopping at the antique stores in the area are some of the best in Texas.
- Dining at the river front or downtown restaurants. Some are well know for their German and Mexican cuisine.
- Visit Art Centers and Museums.
- A must on any visitors list is Landa Park, the pride of New Braunfels. Enjoy everything from water activities to 18 holes of challenging golf.
- Historic town of Gruene is only minutes away.
- Canyon Lake with its 80 miles of scenic shoreline is only 30 minutes away.
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