The town’s name, New Braunfels, Texas, indicates that this town’s heritage is German. It is evidenced throughout the town in the names of the various business establishments that appear in the town.
The Canal and Guadalupe Rivers offer scenic vistas and great water adventures, such as tubing, swimming, boating and fishing. These activities entertain entire families on a hot Texas afternoon.
There is a Water park Resort, Schlitterbahn, which is a 65 acre playground featuring 40 water attractions for the entire family. Admission price is $39.99 with discounted prices. For more information, contact 830-625-2351.
The Sophienburg Museum and Archives is another interesting place. It contains displays of the early settlers, featuring personal effects, household items, and many artifacts. Admission is $5.00. Information regarding operating hours, etc. can be obtained by contacting 830-629-1572.
The New Braunfels Conservation Society has guided tours of the many historic buildings in the town. There is a one room school house, general store, music studio, saloon and a log cabin. For more information regarding length of tours, and cost phone 830-629-2943.
The McKenna Children’s Museum has hands on children’s exhibits. There is a town square exhibit which features replicas of the bank, local newspaper and even a construction site. The admission price to the museum is $7.50 with discounted prices available. Call 830-606-9525 for more information.
The Heritage Village/Museum of Texas Handmade Furniture is a unique experience. Besides the name, itself, the museum contains a collection of homemade German pioneer furniture, along with the tools that they used to create the handcrafted pieces. The admission price is $5.00. For hours and other information, contact 830-629-6504.
A visit to the restored town of Gruene and its historic district is another “must see.” It is said that Texas oldest dance hall is located here. There are several general stores, antique stores, and an art gallery to tantalize the most seasoned shopper.
A German town is incomplete without the ethnic restaurants. For complete German dining, there are many good restaurants. Omas Haus is a restaurant that features potato pancakes, schnitzel, knockwurst, bratwurst, and rye bread. This restaurant is located in a house that was built in the early 1900s. The meals range in price from $12 to $22. For more information, contact 830-625-3280.
A visitor cannot see the entire town and experience the German culture in one day. There is ample opportunities for lodging. Some popular motels are Best Western, Comfort Inn, Days Inn, Econo Lodge Inn and Suites, Hampton and Holiday Inns. The nightly rates range from $60 to $190.
If you want more intimate overnight accommodations, there is the Gruene Apple Bed and Breakfast. This is a very popular place to stay. It has a scenic view of the Guadalupe River. There are 14 one bedroom units available. The rates vary by time and room selection. For more information about rates, etc. call 830-643-1234.
The residents of New Braunfels, Texas, are very friendly. They welcome visitors and the New Braunfels Convention and Visitors Bureau is available to recommend a restaurant or answer any question that may arise during your visit. You can reach them at 800-572-2626.