The Founder of New Braunfels
This immense mural is painted on the side of a building on San Antonio Street. It depicts Prince Carl of Solms, Germany with a group of settlers arriving in Texas.
A group of German leaders who belonged to an organization known as The Adelsverein selected the Prince to travel to America to found a town.
He and a group of fellow Germans sailed to this continent on the brig Johann Delhardt, landing in Galveston in November 1844. Navigating the coast using one-mast vessels, they landed in Lavaca and set up camp two miles further.
Tradition says that on Christmas Eve, a Pastor Ervendberg celebrated Christmas Eve service outdoors, beside a candlelit Christmas tree the Prince had decorated. This became the first public Christmas tree in Texas.
By January of 1845 other settlers arrived and joined the original group. All traveled along the Guadalupe River to the place where the Comal River joined and on Good Friday, March 21, 1845 New Braunfels was founded.
Natural Bridge Caverns
Natural Attraction, discovery on march 27, 1960 by four students of St. Mary University of San Antonio.
The north side of the Cavern was open in july 3, 1964. Those caves are the biggest in Texas and famous in all the world.
Every year lot of visitor comes this place, is really niceeee and u dont have to miss to see this..
You can get the tkt by internet in his web page..be sure when u do it..have a copy of the sell..and soon u get there go the main tkt (located main entrance to the left side)..and let know about it...soon they will give u the color of u tourist guide be attent..if u miss u guide and if is too crow..u can miss the tour and u money...sometimes in summer is oversold..so pay attention when they call for u color.
The visit is every 30 minutes,and the last of the tour is for 1 hour and 15 minutes. Have to check the prices those change without notice.
Is sleepery place so wear a confortable shoes (tennis shoes is better)... and get a camara with strong flash...some pic maybe dont look like u can see..but almost the end of the tour they offer u for a copy of the picture like 10 or 15 dollars i cant remember now how muchl.
And good luck!!!
I've heard Wurstfest is a lot...
I've heard Wurstfest is a lot of fun, but I've never been.
New Braunfels was founded by Germans and they still hold on to those roots. One way they do this is to have a festival every fall called Wurstfest. They have lots of German food, beer, and music!
Tubing and Kayaking
Any Texan knows that the place to go tubing is in New Braunfels. For the biggest crowd and longest float, hit the Guadalupe River. Here you can float 6 hours and even longer. Load up a cooler with beer, throw it on a tube, and float down the river on a hot summer day. Another fun river is the Comal. It's only a 2 hour float but it goes right through the middle of the town and is lined by homes on both sides. If your lucky, some of the residents might throw you some jello shots. And to top it off, Texas Tubes even offers night floats!
Kayaking in the upper Guadalupe River is also very popular. There are many outfitters where you can rent kayaks that also provide transportation.
Lodging will depend on what time of the year you visit. Both rivers are cold, even in the heat of the Texas Hill Country Summer. In late Spring you can camp in one of the many state parks. I love to camp but if we go in the summer, the nights are just too hot. I prefer to get a hotel room. Getting a room in New Braunfels in the summer can be expensive, solely because of the town's water attractions. If you don't mind driving about 15-20 minutes, you will be able to find more economical lodging in San Marcos.