Spectacular scenery sets the stage for a rewarding trip to New Braunfels, Texas. With a wide variety of activities and New Braunfels group lodging options, New Braunfels is a natural choice for group tours of all sizes. It’s an easy drive via IH 35 and I 10 to New Braunfels from either San Antonio International Airport or Austin International Airport. Nestled in the Texas Hill Country makes New Braunfels a perfect location to hub and spoke out to the tiny towns of this beautiful region of Texas.
Enjoy wineries, wildflowers, live music, and the many registered scenic byways.
Looking for a more hands on experience? Let your guests feed zebras, float a lazy river, learn the chicken dance, touch history, catalog bird species, and enjoy our arboretum. Unique itineraries are a cinch, since all our visitor industry partners are local and just a call away. Let us help you and your guests play!
Our tour services will assist you before and during your trip to help plan the perfect itinerary for your clients. We’ll help you customize a trip!
Ladies Choice – Fine Food, Fabulous Fun!
New Braunfels has something for you no matter your age or interest – jump into an “off the beaten path” girlfriend getaway!
But first, have a little bite to eat – When you’re with good friends there’s nothing like good food and drink in a great atmosphere! After all that’s what a getaway with your best girlfriends is all about – the chance to hang out together, talk about everything and everybody and just plain enjoy each other’s company. Take a peek at some of New Braunfels’ great places to eat and their fabulous menus…
Listen to the music – Built in 1878, Gruene Hall is the oldest continually running dance hall in Texas, and has been the “nursery” for great singers, musicians and songwriters like George Strait & Ace in the Hole, Jerry Jeff Walker, Lyle Lovett, Joe Ely, Robert Earl Keen, The Fabulous Thunderbirds, Hal Ketchum, Bruce and Charlie Robison, and many more. The Texas Hill Country that surrounds New Braunfels is chockfull of live music venues no matter what tunes you prefer!
When you’re ready for some action – New Braunfels offers it all: Adventure – How about trying spelunking, that’s cave exploration and the Natural Bridge Caverns offers all kinds of ways to do it!
Famous with generations of Texans for its wonderful summer water recreation, the Guadalupe and Comal Rivers wait to give you a thrill or a calm quiet ride. You can learn to wakeboard at the Texas Ski Ranch or take a safari at the Wildlife Ranch. Rock climbing? Tennis lessons? Horseback Riding? Motorcycle riding? Double-dog dare your friends and come have some fun!
Take a nap – When you need a little rest to recharge after a late night and full day, take your pick from a variety of accommodations:
Downtown: The Faust, known as the “honeymoon hotel” during WWII, the Faust still offers charming accommodations with its own private ghost – he’s friendly!
Gruene Historic District: The Gruene Mansion Inn is right in the middle of historic Gruene village just a few steps from Gruene Hall and lots of shops and restaurants.
Resorts: Have you ever stayed in a waterpark? Schlitterbahn, the top ranked waterpark in the world according to the Travel Channel, also has great resort accommodations.
And there’s lot of hotels, motels and campgrounds, too. Click here.
Enjoy some peace and relaxation – Looking for the lap of luxury? New Braunfels has spas, art galleries, wineries, shopping and live theatre.
Shop till you drop – Take a shabby stroll through Downtown New Braunfels, filled to the brim with boutiques, antiques, and local lore; you never know what is in store!
Bonus – With lots to do and great prices, New Braunfels is the perfect girlfriend getaway and there’s even a little extra bonus. With Austin and San Antonio just an hour away, you can also enjoy day trips to music city and the river walk without the room & board expense of those on the beaten path cities. Just jump right back to New Braunfels for your home away from home.
“ONLY A GOOD-FOR-NOTHING IS NOT INTERESTED IN HIS PAST,” SAID SIGMUND FREUD.
New Braunfels cherishes its early Texas history and the German immigration heritage that makes it so unique…
The German influence is hard to miss in New Braunfels. The names alone will give you a clue: Places in the city like the Sophienburg Museum and the Wursthalle, center of the 10-day celebration of that German favorite – sausage, and in the surrounding countryside – Anhalt and Sangerhalle.
Find your family history – If your personal heritage is German and especially if it is Texas German, New Braunfels is a gold mine of history. The Sophienburg Archives & Museum of History houses artifacts and displays of early life in New Braunfels. The Sophienburg Archives preserves the written history of the area through hundreds of thousands of personal papers and public documents and a collection of millions of photographs of people and places in and around New Braunfels. Texas. Newspapers, books and periodicals dating from the 1850’s to the present are also available. For research into early German Texan history or German Texan genealogy a visit to the Sophienburg Archives is a must. Most German Texans find their roots here.
Take a trip back in time – The Heritage Village Museum includes the 1858 Breustedt-Dillen house (a registered national, state and city historic landmark), an early Texas farmhouse of fachwerk construction, which houses the Museum of Texas Handmade Furniture—a collection of over seventy pieces of Texas Biedermeier furniture (circa 1845 – 1880) including prominent local German cabinetmakers Jahn, Stauzenberger, Scholl and Tietze. An 1850’s limestone and log structure summer kitchen and smokehouse along with a barn structure housing a Cabinet Shop complete with a collection of antique furniture maker’s tools completes the setting. The 1847 Reininger log cabin next door, a two room dog-trot structure, is furnished to showcase the lives of the first settlers to arrive in New Braunfels from Germany. Other structures on the grounds are: Solms School, an early 1900’s Comal County rural schoolhouse, and the Specht farmhouse.
Conservation Plaza includes the 1870 Church Hill School, the 1853 Baetge House, the 1849 Greune three cabin log house/barn, the 1865 J.L. Forke Store, the 1845 Jahn House, and the 1955 Blank Haus and Seibold Haus as well many other historic structures. In town, the Lindheimer Home is one of the oldest structures in New Braunfels with tours available on request.
Recharge and rest – When you’ve tired of time travel and need a recharge, try these historical places for food and rest!
Faust Hotel – It was known as “The Honeymoon Hotel” during the Second World War because it was popular with soldiers stationed at nearby military bases who brought their brides to New Braunfels before shipping off to fight in the war. The Faust was renovated in the 1980s with extreme care taken to preserve the hotel’s original beauty. It is a Texas Historic Landmark and still retains the décor and panache of the 1930s with finely crafted furniture, a beautiful mirrored elevator, artwork from the period, an antique piano, and a vintage microbrewery for fun. (Oh, and they say there’s a friendly ghost, too!)
Prince Solms Inn – The Prince Solms Inn Bed & Breakfast has been in continuous operation since being built by German craftsmen in 1898! Originally named the Comal Hotel by the Eggeling family who built and operated it for more than 50 years, it is the oldest operational hotel in New Braunfels. The lumber in the inn is cypress, milled from giant trees cut from the banks of the Guadalupe River. Ceilings soar to 14 feet in height on the first floor, 13 feet in height on the second floor. The beautiful front entry doors are 10 feet high and contain exquisitely detailed etched glass. These doors came from a hotel in Galveston that was destroyed by hurricane in the 1900. The bronze fittings that hold the doors were purchased in Europe. The Prince Solms Inn is a registered Texas heritage landmark.
There are many choices for accommodations, however, in New Braunfels. From camping to B&Bs to hotels and motels, this favorite summer vacation destination for generations of Texans has lots of choices!
When you get hungry – It’s a must to stop by Naegelin’s Bakery, 150 years old this year, the oldest continuously operating bakery in the state of Texas. The fresh cookies, pastries, pies and cakes from the family-run bakery are of historic proportions and a timeless quality.
Friesenhaus – A German restaurant opened by recently immigrated Günter and Cornelia Dirks, their sons Peter (20) and Walter (18.) You’ll find sausages, “Pretzel” or a “mass bier,” Weisswurst, Pretzel and Leberkäse, Berliner Currywurst, Bouletten or Thüringer or Nürnberger sausages (just to name some of them), marinated herring, Matjes and Rollmops, homemade Sauerbraten or Rouladen with red cabbage and Spätzle, Wiener Schnitzel, pea soup or different kinds of Schnitzel and Friesenhaus’s own German bread, “Brötchen” (German rolls) cakes and tarts. There are wines from Germany’s best wine areas and 14 different German beers are available on draft all served in the right glasses.
Myron’s Prime Steak House – A casual but elegant dining experience in the old Palace Movie Theatre in historic downtown New Braunfels, Myron’s specializes in Chicago prime beef (The top 2% of all prime beef in the United States), this lovely, intimate restaurant provides a full bar as well as an extensive wine list featuring wines by the glass and by the bottle. Proprietor Bill Been has 26 years of restaurant experience and has worked in top metropolitan restaurants.
“Guten Tag, Y’all!” Come witness the continuity of the Deutsch Kultur deep in the heart of Texas. Dive into 19th-century German immigrant life from restored homesteads to period furniture makers. Experience historic first churches, the railroad museum and the historic fire museum. Meet and visit with “locals” and learn what life is like in New Braunfels today and what it was like for their ancestors. Learn how the cold spring-fed rivers helped revitalize a former ghost town, and revel to the sounds of “Oompah” during a Sangerfest of song and dance.
In two authentic and historic German enclaves, discover settler culture such as fachwerk design, Biedermeier furniture, local wineries and samples of Bier, Wein, und sausage at a mini-“Wurstfest.”
Hear the story of the trials and tribulations experienced by the German immigrants in the Texas frontier.
Explore the Comal Springs where Spanish settlers camped on the historic Camino Real (Mission Trail).
Walking up to 1.5 miles a day; stairs avoidable.
Coordinated by New Braunfels Historic Museums Association. For more information click here.
Scenes from an earlier way of life in Historic Downtown New Braunfels. We invite you on this tour to get a taste of what life was like, spanning from 1845 to today’s usage of historic homes and buildings, full of history and character.
Explore our little burg in a uniquely New Braunfels fashion, rent an electric cart or hop aboard our shuttle service.
Taste of New Braunfels Tour
Tour meets at 9:00 am at the northeast corner of San Antonio St. and Castell, next to The Phoenix Saloon.
You will walk between 2 – 3 miles on downtown sidewalks. The walk is not strenuous and there are plenty of rest stops. During the tour, you will view 4 murals in downtown New Braunfels and make 6 stops where you will be provided with samples of food.
Prost! Saloon Tour
Tour meets at the northeast corner of San Antonio St. and Castell, next to The Phoenix Saloon.
You will walk between 2 – 3 miles on downtown sidewalks. The walk is not strenuous and there are plenty of rest stops. During the tour, you will learn about the history of beer brewing and saloons in New Braunfels, as well as getting to sample locally brewed beer.
New Braunfels Ghost Tour
New Braunfels is a town rich in history with some spooky and colorful tales. Join us for a spine-tingling, exciting and historic ghost walk through downtown New Braunfels. You will learn about ghosts, haunts and murderous pasts. See you soon on New Braunfels Ghost Tours. You won’t find these stories in the history books. Tours begin at 8:00 p.m. and meet at 7:45 p.m. in front of Naegelin’s Bakery (129 South Seguin Street).
Customized Group Tours
Do you have a group that is interested in taking a tour of downtown New Braunfels? I can arrange one for you!
I have a list of places to visit in downtown New Braunfels. A tour can be arranged to include as much or as little walking as you desire. If you have a bus, it can be used to move your group around in the downtown area.
Sophienburg to Landa Park
If you are interested in a complete tour of downtown New Braunfels, this is it! Let’s make a day of it.
This walk is about 5 miles on downtown sidewalks. The walk is not strenuous and there will be plenty of rest stops. Meet at The Sophienburg Museum, 401 W. Coll Street. We will spend about an hour at the museum before beginning the walk.