Seat of Comal County, it was established in 1845 on the
Comal River by German settlers led by Prince Carl of Salms-Braunfels. Successful
farming, ranching, abundant water from large springs contributed to early
prosperity of the settlement. German influence in tradition, culture and
language still are prominent; famous for sausages, breads, and popular river
Mill Store Plaza is one of the state's largest factory direct stores with
some 50 manufactures selling direct.
Plaza is open at 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Wurstfest (Sausage Festival), 10 days early November salutes the best of the
wurst. Features singing societies, traditional German bands, dancing groups and
sausages of every description. Historical exhibits, art shows and special
ALAMOCLASSICCARMUSEUM - Take a
trip down memory lane among dozens of classic and vintage cars. On I-35
south near the city limits, exits 180 or 182.
BAETGE HOUSE - Good example of fachwerk construction,
two story house was built in 1852. The furnishing on the first floor
predate 1860; the second floor allows inspection of construction
technique. 1370 Church Hill Drive.
THE CHILDREN'S MUSEUM - Children of all ages
enjoy hands-on exhibits which include CMN-TV studio, a puppet palace, and
other creative areas. 183 I-35, McQueeny Exit.
GRUENE - German immigrants established the village
before 1850. It is now a part of New Braunfels. Historic structures, both ruins
and restored, include old homes, stores, art gallery, winery, ice cream
parlor, and rustic beer hall, circa 1880. It is still popular for weekend
dances. Located on the Guadalupe River, Gruene road off North Loop 337.
GUADLUPE VALLEY WINERY - No vineyard; the grapes
purchased from Texas vineyards and brought to the winery in restored
cotton gin, listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Tasting
room and gift shop. 1720 hunter road in Gruene.
HISTORIC INNS; Faust Hotel - Restored 1920s
hotel with ornate, decorative tile, ceiling fans, and candlestick
telephones in each room. Veranda Restaurant features Texas and German
style fare. 62 rooms with baths. 240 South Seguin Street.
RIVER GUIDES AND OUTFITTERS - Several New Braunfels
outfitters provide raft and canoe rentals, plus guided float trips here
and in the Big Bend region of far West Texas
LANDAPARK - Exceptionally scenic city park around
crystal springs heading the ComalRiver. Towering trees, spring fed swimming
pools, tubing, picnicking, boating, bicycling, hiking, and golf. The
largest springs in the state (more than 8 million gallons an hour) from
the state's shortest river - 2.5 miles. Miniature train ride winds through
LINDHEIMER HOME - Ferdinand
Jakob Lindheimer (1801-1879) was the first to classify much of native
Texas flora; more than 30 varieties bear his name. The house, circa 1852,
displays the eachwerk construction German settlers adapted to Texas cedar and limestone. Many original
furnishings. 491 Comal Street.
MUSEUM OF TEXAS HANDMADE FURNITURE
- House in historic (1858) Andreas Bruestecdt home, displays include
dozens of furniture pieces hand-crafted in 'Texas during the 1800s.
English ironstone, pewter, and other artifacts from the 1700s. One-room log
cabin features furnishings and tools. The houses and furniture on display
here have been around a long time and were very craftily made, so well
made in fact that they may outlast some of the modern day rattan garden
furniture we see so much of. The classic styles we see in the furniture
here is what helped us to develop the furniture we use today. 1370
Church Hill Drive.
BRIDGE CAVERNS - Vast subterranean maze on ranch land some 17 miles
west, designated a U.S. Natural Landmark. Gigantic rooms and corridors
stretch more than a mile, leading to underground Purgatory Creek and
awesome cave formations. 12 miles west via Texas 46 and F.M. 1863.
BRIDGE WILDLIFE RANCH - 200 acre drive through preserve spreading over
picturesque Texas Hill country where exotic animals, birds, and Texas
wildlife roam freely. Be sure to get container of complimentary food; some
animals (African ostrich, sable antelope, yak and others) will actually
put their heads into car window for their treat. Extra feed is sold in the
visitor center for two petting zoos. Snack bar and picnic area. Natural
Bridge Caverns on F.M. 3009.
CAMPS - River camps/resorts have been popular for decades. Clear cool
spring fed pools, tubing chutes, rapids, and exceptionally scenic settings
for family recreation. Family groups abundant during the summer, visitors
from northern states during the winter.
DRIVES - Any of several highways into the Hill Country are scenic,
R.M. 32, "Devil's Backbone," northwest of Canyon Reservoir is
exceptionally beautiful, as is county road from New Braunfels to Sattler
along the Guadalupe River.
SCHLITTERBAHN - (Slippery Road) Water
amusement park highlighted by water slides from German style castle tower,
also tube chutes, swimming lagoon, sand beach, bumper boas, giant hot tub,
and children's water play areas. 400 North Liberty.
SOPHIENBURG MUSEUM - On hilltop site where
Prince Carl of Solms Braunfels built a log fortress. Displays many of the
nobleman's personal effects, Indian artifacts and household items of the
pioneer era. 401 West Coll Street at Academy Avenue.