Gruene Travel Guide

  • Oma Gruene's Secret Garten, Gruene
    Oma Gruene's Secret Garten, Gruene
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  • Oma Gruene's Secret Garten, Gruene
    Oma Gruene's Secret Garten, Gruene
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  • Oma Gruene's Secret Garten, Gruene
    Oma Gruene's Secret Garten, Gruene
    by iblatt

Gruene Things to Do

  • Two-Step the Night Away

    One of the most modern memories I have of Gruene is attending country music live concerts at this small dancehall. Gruene Hall is located in the heart of the Gruene Historic District, and is the home to one of the oldest active dance halls in the country. Country Music Legends like George Strait, Jerry Jeff Walker, Robert Earl Keen, and many others...

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  • Tubing down the Guadalupe

    One of the best things to do when in Gruene is to hitch a ride on an inner tube, and get sent down the lazy Guadalupe River. I have gone tubing several times, and it is an opportunity to relax in the sun, or enjoy a flask of sangria over the afternoon. There are definitely times of the year when this is more fun, but when we went in March, it may...

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Gruene Restaurants

  • Fancy Dining in Gruene

    Behind historic Gruene Hall is a well-known Texas restaurant who's epic portions are known as Texas sized. For those unfamiliar, the common term is derived from the slogan, "Everything's Bigger in Texas". In the interest of full disclosure, I have eaten at this restaurant several times, but each one was directly related to activities that made me...

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  • Best Mexican Food In New Braunfels

    Adobe Verde is a great mexican food restaraunt located in historic Gruene, Texas. Great alternative to go when the line to the Gristmill stretches to the mexican border. Live music most nights, happy hour, great margaritas. From the enchiladas, nachos to the combo plates and even the chicken fried steak was good here, I havent had anything bad...

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  • Home Cooking

    The Gristmill Restaurant is located behind the historic Gruene Dancehall in Gruene, Texas. The place is a huge family restaurant serving up good-old home cooking Texas style. There are many different seating areas and a large bar area with views of the Guadalupe river. There is also a kid's playground a great place to let them run free. Great...

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Gruene Nightlife

  • Live Music in the "Secret Garten"

    It was a December evening, and I was walking in the center of Gruene, beautifully lit for Christmas, when I heard a song by Johnny Cash. I followed the music and reached Oma Gruene's Secret Garten.A bearded blues singer, armed with his guitar and sound equipment, was sitting on a small stage at the far end of a beer-garden, with picnic-table style...

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  • Bubba's Big Deck

    very casual, right on the Gruene River, beer take out license, you can bring your own liquor. People are friendly, food on Thurs - Biker Night, open usually onto the deck. Snacks only. Biker attire, jeans, et cetera.

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  • Historic two-step!

    Gruene Hall is the oldest dancehall in Texas and is a great place to see live music. Many great acts perform here check their calendar on the website for details.Go for dinner at Gristmill and party into the night at the Gruene Dancehall...good Texas night out! Jeans only no slacks!

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Gruene Transportation

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    by ATXtraveler Written Jun 26, 2008

    Austin is known as the live music capital of the world, and this is evident as soon as you land in Austin. Likely, you will see a country music performer playing in the lounge area, as well as hear them while picking up your baggage.

    Austin is the closest major airport to Gruene, and from there you can head straight down I-35 to New Braunfels, then exit and head to Gruene.

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  • Gruene Treasure Hunting

    Located in the heart of the Gruene Historic District is the Gruene Antique Company. This conglomeration of small antique collectors is a virtual treasure trove of unique what-nots from all eras, not just those 100+ years old. Appropriately, this shop is located inside the HD Gruene Mercantile Building, which itself is over 100 years old, being...

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  • Souvenirs galore in historic Gruene

    I was walking around the historic center of Gruene and was looking for some Texas gifts and souvenirs. Cotton Eyed Joe's was right in the center, and had a varied collection of items.Among them: Sweat shirts, caps, T-shirts (Texas speed bump, featuring an armadillo; "bullshirt"; "holy crap, it's big!" to mention a few); a baby bib saying "don't...

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  • Country Gourmet Food Store

    On an obvious play on words, the Gruene Haus (pronounced Green House) Country Gourmet Food Store provides some delicious Texas produced food stuffs. In particular, we were able to get a delicious Dr. Pepper BBQ marinade and BBQ sauce, as well as some delicious homemade chocolate amaretto peanut butter. They also have a variety of soft drinks and...

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Gruene Tourist Traps

  • by SWTexan82 Written Aug 16, 2005

    Rockin R is the greatest tourist trap in New Braunfels.
    Its the main outfitter on the river and during the weekends will charge you 10 dollars to park, and 16-18 dollars a tube, plus another 18 dollars to rent a tube for a cooler. It is cheaper to go buy a tube for a 1 time use than to pay this ridiculous price. It is the most popular and will be the most crowded but avoid at all costs on the Guadalupe. By the time you give them all your cash and wait in their ridiculous long lines and wait for shuttles to take you where you need to go the fun of floating seems to have been long forgotton

    Unique Suggestions: Get ready to wait in line and shell out a lot of wasted cash. Buy beer and other beverages, smokes, food, hats, sandals, you name it before you get there. Also, use the main one on river road in Gruene. Parking at "the double" rockin r only takes more time to get onto the river. If you choose the short float back to the double its funner to ride the bus back after a few drinks and a couple of hours on the river.

    Fun Alternatives: Jerrys has always hooked big groups of us up. We called ahead a couple of times and they were more than willing to give us a couple of free toobs for coolers and free parking since we always have 12-20 people floating. Jerrys is up on 1st crossing off of river road.

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Gruene What to Pack

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    by ATXtraveler Written Apr 9, 2008

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    Luggage and bags: This will likely just be a day trip for you from Austin or San Antonio, so you should not need luggage.

    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: During the month of March, you can expect the possibility of rain, however the weather will be getting warm. The humidity was high when we visited, however the temperature also remained high. I would recommend wearing short sleeves, but possibly keeping a light rain jacket with you in case of storm. Comfortable walking shoes are a good idea, and if you are going toobing, make sure you also bring a second pair of shoes or sport sandals for your time in the river.

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Gruene Off The Beaten Path

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    by ATXtraveler Written Jun 26, 2008

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    One thing you will learn very quickly when you enter the Gruene Historical District is that this is actually the Off the Beaten Path location for people heading to Austin and San Antonio, TX.

    Top Activities in Gruene:
    Toobing
    Shopping for Texas Artifacts
    Two-Stepping at Gruene Hall
    Eating a Chicken Fried Steak at the Gristmill

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Gruene Favorites

  • HD Gruene Mercantile Building

    During the height of the economic development of Gruene, the namesake of this historic district Henry D. Gruene built this mercantile business. Originally started in 1878 at the same location, the HD Gruene Mercantile building was reconstructed in 1904 to the current building. This building was erected one year after the town of Gruene was renamed...

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  • Location

    Greune Historic District is actually located in New Braunfels, TX, which is located just off Interstate 35 in Central Texas. Distances from nearest large Texas cities:Austin - 45mi/75km NortheastSan Antonio - 40 mi/65km SouthwestHouston - 177mi/285km EastThe closest major airports to Gruene are:SAT - San AntonioAUS - AustinIAH - Houston (nearest...

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