In the heart of Texas Hill country lies the old-fashioned town of New Braunfels. A delightful town bursting with traditional German heritage, small town charm and unique adventures, making it one of the top tourist attractions in Texas. Dine at our beer gardens or dance the night away to non-stop oompah music at Texas’ oldest dance Hall, Gruene Hall.
Historic New Braunfels
Explore the historic districts with a visit to the beautiful Romanesque Comal County Courthouse across from the main tower. The fountain was added in 1895, the bandstand in 1905 and the bell still rings on the hour - a true reflection of New Braunfels history. See history come alive at the Conservation Plaza and Heritage Village with 18 historic buildings in this turn of century village of exceptional craftsmanship. Discover one of our best kept secrets at the New Braunfels Art Gallery and let the kids explore the unique interactive exhibits and activities at the McKenna Children’s Museum or learn about trains at the New Braunfels Railroad Museum downtown. Enjoy an evening of nostalgia at the Stars & Stripes Drive-In Theatre. Celebrate our German heritage at Wassailfest every December in the historic downtown and Wurstfest, a ten day salute to sausage held annually in November.
Two cool clear rivers wind through this picturesque town offering hours of activities for water lovers. Tube down the Guadalupe and Comal Rivers or find a quiet spot to enjoy world class fly fishing. Sail across the deep blue Canyon Lake or get active with some water-skiing or parasailing and visit the Texas Ski Ranch for world-class wakeboarding on the cabled lake system. Explore the largest caverns in Texas at the Natural Bridge Caverns, take a cave tour of Wonder World Park Caves in nearby San Marcos, or safari at the Natural Bridge Wildlife Ranch. Kids will love the thrill of Schlitterbahn, America’s favorite water park with 65 acres of pure fun. They can get active at the Ernest Eikel Skate Park or take a tour through Landa Park on the miniature train. The brave at heart can experience a spine tingling ghost walk through historic downtown.
New Braunfels is an easy drive from major Texas cities, the closest being San Antonio only 25 miles to the south, Austin is 40 miles to the north and Houston 160 miles to the east. Be sure to keep your eye on the local events calendar as there is always a festival of some sorts taking place.
New Braunfels - where small town charm, German heritage and unique adventures await you.