New Braunfels, TX is an historic town about forty miles south of the state capitol. Founded in 1845 by Prince Carl of the Solms-Braunfels region of Germany, it has become one of the premier tourist destinations in the Texas Hill Country. This scenic town has a thriving music scene, a number of outdoor activities to enjoy, with many shops, fine restaurants, and even a gourmet cheese and wine market. New Braunfels is home to many world-renowned festivals, including Wurstfest in November and Wassailfest in December.
Things to do:
Walk the historic downtown. Located off of Seguin Avenue and San Antonio Street, this well loved center of New Braunfels boasts a number of antique shops, restaurants, pubs and wine bars. Across from the square is the historic Schmitz Hotel building, the oldest commercial building in New Braunfels. No longer a hotel, the upstairs have been converted to apartments while the first floor is home to Gourmage, a cheese and wine market. Gourmage has over a hundred cheeses from all over the world, along with award winning truffles from Wiseman House Chocolates, and a selection of often hard to find wines from little known but talented vintners around the globe. While the focus of the shop is the large selection of artisan cheeses, the proprietors have also stocked the store with gourmet grocery items that you won't find in most supermarkets.
Visit the Brauntex Performing Arts Theater. Once strictly a movie house, the Brauntex now hosts community theater productions of Broadway plays, nationally touring musicians like Asleep at the Wheel and Michael Martin Murphy, and the occasional film festival. It is located at 290 West San Antonio Street. Speaking of music, nearby Gruene is home to Gruene Hall, the oldest dancehall in Texas. George Strait got his start playing at Gruene Hall, along with a "who's who" of other famous Texas musicians that have gone on to international acclaim.
Go tubing. The Comal and Guadalupe rivers run through the city, and during the summer months tens of thousands of visitors and locals alike enjoy a relaxing float while cooling off in the spring fed waters that run through New Braunfels. There are numerous tubing outfitters in New Braunfels that rent tubes and offer pick-up services to bring you back to your starting point once you've enjoyed a leisurely float down river. If a more structured water activity appeals to you, New Braunfels is also home to the Schlitterbahn Waterpark and Resort.