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New Braunfels, TX, USA

Opening Hours

8:00 AM - 5:00 PM

💸 Entrance Fee

Free

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"Despite New Braunfels being famous for its water parks, the locals know the real gem is the natural beauty of the Guadalupe River. To beat the crowds and experience the river in peace, plan a visit during the weekday mornings when it's less busy, and consider using one of the smaller, less-known entry points, like Cypress Bend Park."

What is New Braunfels, Texas?

New Braunfels, nestled snugly between San Antonio and Austin in the heart of the Texas Hill Country, is a city that's rich in heritage and bursting with adventurous spirit. Here, you'll find a unique blend of old German architecture and modern Texan flair. It's a place where you can float along pristine rivers, enjoy local brews and bites, and immerse yourself in a history that spans well over a century. As someone who's been woven into the fabric of this city, I can attest that there's something infectiously charming about New Braunfels that keeps people coming back year after year.

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History of New Braunfels

The origin story of New Braunfels is as captivating as the town itself. Founded in 1845 by German settlers under the leadership of Prince Carl of Solms-Braunfels, it was named after his own hometown in Germany. These determined pioneers built a community that harked back to their German roots while adapting to the rugged Texan landscape. Over the years, New Braunfels has flourished, it has preserved much of its German heritage, evident in the annual Wurstfest—a celebration of sausage, beer, and all things German—and the charming Gruene Historic District, which has roots dating back to the 19th century.

Why is New Braunfels Important?

You might wonder what makes New Braunfels stand out in a state that's full of one-of-a-kind spots. It's the way the city honors its past while embracing the present; a hub for cultural fests, outdoor activities, and gastronomic exploration. It's important because it represents a very real piece of Texan-German history that's alive and thriving. Beyond history, it's a focal point for those seeking recreation, with the Comal and Guadalupe rivers inviting visitors to take a dip, float, or fish under the warm Texas sun.

Things to Do & See at New Braunfels

When you're here, things to do and see can fill your itinerary faster than you can say "Lone Star State." For a start, take a leisurely float down the Comal River—arguably the city's most famous pastime—or, if you're up for more thrills, the Guadalupe River offers tubing and white-water rafting. History buffs should explore the Sophienburg Museum, dedicated to the city's German heritage, or stroll through the Gruene Historic District with its well-preserved buildings and antique stores. Don't miss the chance to swing by the Gruene Hall, Texas's oldest operating dance hall, for live music that will have your toes tapping into the night.

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In the fall, Wurstfest brings the city alive with music, food, and a carnival-like atmosphere celebrating its German roots. However, if you're here for a peaceful respite, the Landa Park offers acres of green space, hiking trails, and a miniature train that the young—and young at heart—will adore. And for family fun, Schlitterbahn Waterpark boasts world-class water slides and attractions that make it a summer playground for all ages. As you see, New Braunfels is a treasure trove of experiences just waiting to be uncovered, each corner telling its own story with a Texan twang and a German accent.

Frequently asked questions

What are the top attractions to visit in New Braunfels, Texas?

The top attractions in New Braunfels include Schlitterbahn Waterpark, the Historic Gruene Hall, Landa Park, the Comal River for tubing, and the Natural Bridge Caverns.

What outdoor activities can be enjoyed in New Braunfels?

Visitors to New Braunfels can enjoy tubing on the Comal and Guadalupe Rivers, exploring the Natural Bridge Caverns, hiking or picnicking in Landa Park, and visiting the Animal World & Snake Farm Zoo.

Can you visit the Schlitterbahn Waterpark year-round?

Schlitterbahn Waterpark in New Braunfels is a seasonal water park, typically open from late spring to early fall. However, they do have special events outside of these months, so it's best to check their calendar for specific dates.

Are there historical sites to see in New Braunfels?

Yes, New Braunfels is home to several historical sites including Gruene Historic District, the Sophienburg Museum & Archives, and the Heritage Village Museum at the Museum of Texas Handmade Furniture.

What dining experiences are unique to New Braunfels?

New Braunfels offers a variety of dining experiences, notably those featuring German cuisine as a nod to its German heritage. Popular spots include the Alpine Haus Restaurant, Krause's Café, and the Faust Brewing Company.

Attractions Details

📌 Address

New Braunfels, TX, USA

Opening Hours

8:00 AM - 5:00 PM

💸 Entrance Fee

Free

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