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 away.


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
Tubing down the river
Landa Park Train
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 miniature train.

Paddle Boats
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.

Looking for a River Tubing Outfitter?

Tube Haus Tube Rentals

Tube Haus
Guadalupe River Tubing

Tubing on the Guadalupe River near New Braunfels in Canyon Lake, Texas, on the famous "Horseshoe Loop". SHORT and LONG floats, (New Braunfels River Rules do not apply). Parking and one shuttle included with tube rental (Website Coupons), lodging and camping nearby. 830-964-3011Open Daily .

Golf Course

Want to play a little golf? Choose between playing miniature golf or the challenging Landa Parkor The Bandit 18-hole golf courses.


Historic New Braunfels is one of the top tourist attractions in Texas. The Main Plaza was built in 1845. In 1846, Civil Engineer Nicolaus Zink designed the layout for Downtown New Braunfels and the adjoining acreage. This original concept of human-scale urbanism is being duplicated in many new shopping centers around the country, but can be enjoyed in its most authentic form in Historic Main Street Districts like Downtown New Braunfels. Then the Fountain was added in 1895 to celebrate the 50th anniversary and the Bandstand was added in 1905.


The Comal County Courthouse, built in its beautiful Romanesque revival style, stands across from the Main Plaza. The bell tower still announces the hour to the area.

BraunTexTheatre in New Braunfels, Texas Brauntex Theatre - Live Theatre
The Brauntex Theatre is offering an expanded scope of programs which are artistic and very entertaining. This series was designed to expose patrons to many areas of the arts with events for the entire family.

Stay in a Historic Bed & Breakfast Inn in the Area

Stagecoach Stop Bed and Breakfast Inn The Hunter Road Stagecoach Stop
Lovingly restored, this historic inn will enchant you with its ambiance of warmth, comfort, and style in rooms furnished with primitives befitting the era.
Historic Kueble Waldrip Haus in Gruene, Texas Historic Kuebler Waldrip Haus
This historic 1847 B&B has a total of 3 buildings. It has 11 bedrooms, each with its private bath. Perfect for family reunions, vacations, getaways, weddings, honeymoons, anniversaries, business meetings, girls' night out, retreats, etc. Located near River Road and all the attractions in New Braunfels.
Gruene River Inn Gruene River Inn
Built in 2001, Gruene River Inn is one of the newest accommodations in the New Braunfels - Gruene communities. It is a one of a kind location, 100 feet above the Guadalupe River, which gives guests panoramic views that are unmatched in the area.
Rustic Ridge Bed and Breakfast Inn Rustic Ridge Bed and Breakfast - Canyon Lake
Enjoy a romantic getaway for two. This secluded cedar log cabin overlooks a pond into beautiful Texas sunsets. You will have the cabin with a gated entrance all to yourself. Close to Potters Creek Park on Canyon Lake.
Prince Solms Inn in New Braunfels Prince Solms Inn B&B - New Braunfels, Texas
This historic bed and Breakfast is situated just three-quarters of one mile from the Schlitterbahn Waterpark and three blocks from the Comal River.
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Antoinettes Cottage B and B in Gruene, Texas Antoinette's Cottage Bed & Breakfast
A charming small inn in the heart of beautiful downtown Gruene. The oldest house in Gruene has four rooms of distinction, beautiful gardens and a lovely porch, claw foot tubs, and ceiling fans. The entire house is available for large parties or extended stays.


Other Great Lodging While Enjoying the Area...

Das Gute Haus in New Braunfels, Texas Seriously Outstanding Vacation House with 1800-ft party barn - Next Door to Schlitterbahn!
6 bedroom, 3.5 bath, 3,000 sq. ft.- sleeps 20 people, in New Braunfels, TX - walking distance to downtown shopping, and restaurants. Spa, golfing, tennis, park, tube rental, and pubs with live music nearby. 10 minutes from Historic Gruene.
Summit Resort near New Braunfels The Summit Vacation Resort
5 star resort with over 125-acres, over 100 RV sites, beautiful Tree Top Villas, and spacious Cabins, 4 swimming pools, 2 basketball courts and many other amenities. Summit is one of the best resorts in all of Texas. Near New Braunfels, Canyon Lake and the Guadalupe River.

Looking for Real Estate in the Area?

Hunter Croan New Braunfels Homes for Sale - New Braunfels Real Estate
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Tourist Attractions in the New Braunfels Area:

City of New Braunfels

New Braunfels Herald Zeitung

Radio Station:
Radio New Braunfels - 92.1 - KNBT-FM

Golf Courses:
The Bandit Golf Club
Landa Park Golf Course

Canyon Lake Golf & Country Club

T Bar M Ranch
Play a match on one of their 10 outdoor tennis hard-courts or reserve one of their two indoor hard-courts. Tennis camps, leagues, and lessons are available to the guests.

River Rafting Outfitters:
Lazy L&L Campgrounds & Toobing

Mountain Breeze River Outfitters
They have rafts, tubes, canoes, and a shuttle to take care of your every need. Ask about getting your personal "Frequent Tuber Card."

Sophienburg Museum and Archives
401 W. Coll Street
New Braunfels, TX 78130

Museum of Texas Handmade Furniture
Historic Breustedt - Dillen House
1370 Church Hill Dr.
Off Highway 337, exit 189
Phone: 830-629-6504

New Braunfel's Marketplace
Bargain Hunters love to shop in this factory outlet mall with about 50 different stores. Take exit 188 on IH-35.

New Braunfel's Farm to Market
This large farmers market is open year round, every Saturday 9AM to 1PM, rain or shine!
Rusty Bugs & Roosters
With a name like Rusty Bugs & Roosters, how can you resist? Git ya some "junk for your trunk"!
Freaky Findz
Costumes, novelties, t-shirts and weird & cool stuff for your perusal.

Railway Museum
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 public.

Things to do in New Braunfels:

  • Miles of river offer perfect tubing, swimming, and sunbathing. Water sports are King here.
  • Drive up the River Road that winds across the Guadalupe River many times for some special scenery.
  • Take a boating tour or cruise.
  • Take a walking tour of historic New Braunfels.
  • Nature watching and photography at its finest.
  • Fishing from the Guadalupe River or charter a fishing boat on Canyon Lake.
  • Shopping at the factory outlet stores and local tourist stores.
  • Shopping at the antique stores in the area are some of the best in Texas.
  • Dining at the river front or downtown restaurants. Some are well know for their German and Mexican cuisine.
  • Visit Art Centers and Museums.
  • A must on any visitors list is Landa Park, the pride of New Braunfels. Enjoy everything from water activities to 18 holes of challenging golf.
  • Historic town of Gruene is only minutes away.
  • Canyon Lake with its 80 miles of scenic shoreline is only 30 minutes away.

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