New Braunfels Tourist Guide
Where German Heritage coexists with Texas lifestyle
New Braunfels is a popular Texas tourist town that was founded in 1845 by Prince Carl of Solms-Braunfels region of
Germany and a group of German farmers and craftsmen. German names can be seen on the billboards and street names
throughout the city. New Braunfels has a population of over 36,000 and is growing at a nice pace.
New Braunfels is an easy drive from major Texas cities. Austin is 40 miles to the north, San Antonio is 25 miles to
the south, and Houston is 160 miles to the east. The historic town of Gruene, Texas and Canyon Lake are only minutes
With the Comal and Guadulupe Rivers running through the city, visitors and the local folk enjoy a
variety of water recreational activities. These activities take center stage during the summer months with the
nationally known Schlitterbaun leading the way.
Every fall the city hosts Wurstfest which is one of the largest German festivals in America. Some of
the best antique shopping can be enjoyed year around throughout the city.
Tubing down the river
Train at Landa Park
Landa Park should be on your must see list while you are visiting. Take a tour through the park on the
Paddleboats for rent
Looking for a little water activity? Jump on in. The water is fine. Enjoy swimming in the spring-fed
pools. Visitors also love boating and tubing on the river.
Railroad Depot and Museum (Circa 1890)
The International & Great Northern Railroad operated the passenger and freight depot until it was
closed in 1982. The Historic Railroad & Modelers Society restored the building and has their museum open to the