In the mid-1800s, German immigrants flocked to Texas following a series of failed political revolutions in Europe. They settled around central Texas and set up new communities, bringing their history, language, art, and food, and they forever changed the fabric of what is now the Hill Country. Many of these German towns in Texas still exist and maintain their unique character.
Some of the German towns have dozens of buildings built by the early settlers. Others still use German terms to describe areas of town (like the main square is the marktplatz) and proudly welcome visitors with signs that proclaim “Wilkommen!” Many keep the traditions alive in food, art, and museums dedicated to the people who original created the German settlements.
All these aspects combine to create places that are intriguingly Texan and German at the same time. Here’s a look at some of these distinctive towns.