Heritage in New Braunfels

History is alive in modern-day New Braunfels. Founded in 1845 by Prince Carl of Solms-Braunfels, New Braunfels takes great pride in its rich, fascinating history. German and Hispanic names can be found on nearly every street sign, building, and plaque. Historic buildings dating back to the mid-1800s have been preserved for current and future generations to enjoy. Annual heritage events like Folk Fest are a tradition for many local families and visitors.

A stroll through our museums is like stepping back in time. From an old-fashioned saloon and 17 other historic buildings at Conservation Plaza to exhibits at the Texas Museum of Handmade Furniture, the Sophienburg Museum, and the Railroad Museum, you'll find that history is anything but boring in New Braunfels.

Kids and adults alike will experience childlike wonder when immersed in living history demonstrations at Folk Fest, stepping inside an 1870 schoolhouse, and learning about the journey German settlers, guided by Prince Carl Solms, took to arrive in Texas and finally cross the Guadalupe River in wagons and on horseback, marking the founding of New Braunfels as we know it.

Recurring Events

Kids Fun Day at New Braunfels Railroad Museum

First & Third Saturday of each month from 10AM - 2PM Fun for kids of all ages! Lego trains, model trains and more!

Second Saturday Living History Events (FREE)

FREE Second Saturday Living History Demonstrations

ANNUAL EVENTS

  • Folk Fest

    APRIL

  • 166th Kindermasken Parade

    APRIL

  • Spring Train Show

    APRIL

HERITAGE MUSEUMS & LIVING HISTORY

Sophienburg Museum & Archives

Every story has a beginning and the New Braunfels saga starts here! We take a Prince and some German immigrants, mix them with other...

New Braunfels Railroad Museum

We have a variety of artifacts and photographs from the golden age of railroading on display. Many of them are directly related to...

Museum of Texas Handmade Furniture

Dedicated to showcasing the superb woodworking craftsmanship of European immigrants to central Texas in the mid 19th century.

New Braunfels Conservation Society, Inc.

On your next trip through the Texas Hill Country, stop by the New Braunfels Conservation Society and “step back in time.”See history...