New BraunfelsTexas Hill Country.
New Braunfels is also the home of several other smaller "towns" within the city. One of these "towns" is Gruene, TX, home of the Gristmill Restaurant and Gruene Hall.
As elsewhere in the region, English and Spanish are the primary languages. But if you're lucky, you might overhear the odd conversation in Texas German, a dialect brought here by 19th-century immigrants that's still today spoken by a few hundred New Braunfelsians. If you're keen on encountering the Texas German language in the wild, it's best to gravitate toward places where older people congregate, such as bowling alleys, hardware and feed stores, and the like.
By carPersonal vehicle travel is the only effective motorized transportation in town. Print, download, or buy a local map and brave the roads. Traffic during summer weekends is very heavy. Prince Solms Park often has free parking after the for-pay lot is full. Parking costs $5-$10 depending on location. Many tube rental shops offer free parking all day with rental.
By bicycleWith heavy traffic and crowded roads, bicycle and foot are appealing travel options. There are a few bicycle rental shops in town. Remember that bicycles are considered vehicles in the eyes of law enforcement, so obey all traffic laws.
RiversThe Comal and Guadalupe rivers offer beautiful sights.
A historic district. Visiting this little "town" situated along the Guadalupe River is like stepping back in time. Antique shops, restaurants, and niche retail stores make for unique shopping.
Gruene HallThe oldest continually operated dance hall in Texas.
phone: +1 830-629-6021address: 1610 Hunter RoadThe General Store has an ice cream bar; dozens of different salsas, jams, and butters; t-shirts; and lots of miscellaneous toys and gifts, all right across the street from Gruene Hall.
phone: +1 830-625-2351Consistently called the best waterpark in the world. Complete with four parks, and the highest rated water ride in the country, this waterpark is an ideal tourist spot. See web site for various ticket prices, reserve rooms early to ensure availability.
TubingThis seems to be what the Comal river was created for. People rent an innertube, hop in the water, and float a few miles down the river. The services of a tubing shuttle are often employed to get from the end back to the insertion point, but because of loops in the river it's a very short walk. Note a recent ordinance prohibits carrying coolers with a capacity over 16 quarts on the river in city limits, and consumption or carrying an open container of an alcoholic drink in city parks.
City Tube Rentaladdress: Liberty Ave.Run by the city of New Braunfels. Tube rental also has a $10 deposit, returned when you return the tubes - you are asked to write your name on the receipt, which is kept on file for the day, and your deposit is returned when you provide the rented tubes and name on the receipt.
Felger's Tube Rentaladdress: Liberty Ave.Offers tubes, shuttles, and parking.
Festivals and Fairs
address: 1370 Church Hill DrFolkfest is an annual Family Heritage festival celebrating the German/Anglo/Spanish heritage of New Braunfels. Most activities take place at the Heritage Village, but there is a costumed children's parade (the Kindermaskenball Parade) that takes place in Downtown New Braunfels. This is generally held the second week of April, but check the website for more details
phone: +1 830-625-1505address: Fair Park - Common Street and the Guadalupe RiverThe Comal County Fair is one of the largest county fairs in Texas and is generally held the last week of September. The Friday during the Fair is a local holiday with a downtown parade and other activities
WurstfestGerman for "sausage festival", is held for ten days, beginning the Friday before the first Monday in November. Concessions are found throughout the grounds. Activities celebrating the German heritage take place throughout New Braunfels during Wurstfest (Heritage Exhibit)
phone: +1 830-221-4350A large park along the Comal river. It has lots of trails and open spaces, but is not very secluded. Landa Park also has new and improved playground equipment!
phone: +1 830-221-4350address: Near 350 Aquatic CirclePanther Canyon Nature Trail is a 51 acre wilderness area at the western edge of Landa Park that is excellent for hiking, geocaching, etc.
Fair Parkaddress: Common Street @ the Guadalupe RiverOn the Gaudalupe. This park also serves as auxiliary parking for Schlitterbahn during the summer months.
Cypress Bend ParkOn the Guadalupe
phone: +1 210-651-6101address: 26495 Natural Bridge Cavern RdSeries of underground caverns west of New Braunfels.
Old Gruene Market DaysA variety of stores in the historic Gruene district of New Braunfels, including a winery, hand-made furniture, and arts/crafts
Historic New Braunfels DowntownA large variety of shops along the streets.
San Marcos Outlet Malladdress: IH-35
Granzin's Meat Marketphone: +1 830-625-3510address: 1644 McQueeney RdGranzin's has the best and freshest meat for the cheapest price in New Braunfels. If you're planning a bar-b-q while in New Braunfels, Granzin's is the best place to go.
phone: +1 830-625-5722address: 129 South SeguinNaegelin's has been selling baked goods for over 140 years! The gingerbread men, apple struedel and sugar cookies are excellent.
phone: +1 830-625-0684address: 1287 Gruene Rd.Alongside the river, Gristmill's large country atmosphere serves up excellent food. It's often a long wait on weekends and predominantly tourist.
phone: +1 830-620-9001address: 303 W. San Antonio St.An intimate and casual restaurant serving creative contemporary cuisine with fresh regional ingredients.
Pat's Placephone: +1 830-629-1491address: 202 S. Union St.Caters to tubing groups. Proper attire is of course required by law (that is, shirts and shoes), but they take to-go orders. Their burgers are great, and they have a variety of local beer.
phone: +1 830-629-3775address: 1692 S. SH-46Known for its fried catfish. Amazing country atmosphere.
phone: +1 830-625-7791address: 240 S. Segun Ave.One of several microbreweries.
Pat's Placephone: +1 830-629-1491address: 202 S. Union St.Has a full bar with several Texas beers.
phone: +1 830-627-7766address: 203 S. Seguin Ave.Known as the "OB" to locals, this bar has a full bar with a fun atmosphere.
phone: +1 830-625-5114address: 385 Other Place Dr.Has cottages on a bend in the Comal river. Low-cost tube rentals and shuttle service are available for guests.
phone: +1 830-625-7791address: 240 S. Seguin Ave.An historic hotel, built in 1929 and decorated in 30s style. Don't forget to check out the in-house brewpub.
The Red Roof Innphone: +1 830-626-7000address: 815 1 H 35 South
phone: +1 830 625-7700address: 1477 N. IH 35Hotel opened in 2008, featuring interior corridor rooms with an elevator, Morning Medley Breakfast, Pool and Heated Spa, High Speed and Wireless Internet, Business Center, Fitness Room, Meeting Space, and Guest Laundry. All rooms feature King Bed with Sleeper Sofa or Two Queen Beds. Amenities include a Work Desk, LCD TVs with HBO and HD Channels, Microwave/Refrigerator, Coffeemaker, Iron/Board, and Hairdryer.
phone: +1 830 625-7788address: 420 Business Loop I35 NBeautiful RV Resort located on the Guadalupe River with 53 - cemented full hook up sites 20/30/50 AMP paved drives, free cable TV, free WI-FI. clean bath houses and laundry facilities. Friendly and knowledgeable staff, on site manager, and array of activities and nearby attractions.
- San Antonio is a nearby city with a lot of history and attractions.
- San Marcos - 18 miles northeast of New Braunfels, San Marcos is the home of Texas State University and its Aquarena Center, two massive outlet malls that have more than 350 shops, as well as stretches of river in a more natural state.
- Austin is the capital of Texas, has endless quirks and is definitely worth a visit.