New Braunfels Travel Guide

  • Horseshoe Loop - view from the 1st Bridge
    Horseshoe Loop - view from the 1st...
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    The Prince Solms Inn
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    View from Edge Falls Bridge
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New Braunfels Things to Do

  • Guadalupe River

    4 out of 5 stars

    River Sports Tube Rentals - I will NEVER use this tubing service again. A recent trip cost us $75 for 4 of us, and 2 in the group had their own personal tubes. We were charged a "personal equipment fee" by this place for having our own tubes, which only included parking (not shuttle service), as we had to walk to the riverbank ourselves. The fees...

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  • Landa Park

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    The Landa Park has 51 acres, with trails (including the Panther Canyon Nature Trail), miniature train, paddle boats on the Landa Lake, miniature golf, picnic tables and more. I took an early morning stroll in the Landa Park; it was still quite chilly (in December!), people were jogging or walking their dogs. The ducks in the lake were also noisily...

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  • Gruene

    One of the best things to see around here, and the most fun I had in town, is Gruene Hall which was established in 1878 and is the oldest continually operating dancehall in Texas. Country music legends like George Strait, Lyle Lovett and Hank Ketchum got their starts here and future greats like Brandi Carlisle and Pat Green play here along with...

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  • Schlitterbahn Waterpark

    4 out of 5 stars

    December is NOT the best month to visit SCHLITTERBAHN WATERPARK, but we were curious about this popular summer destination. Even in the rain, the park looks like something from a child's fantasy as its turreted water chute rises high into the sky. New Braunfel's big summer attraction was conceived in the mid-1960's and established twenty seven...

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  • Downtown New Braunfels

    The Seekatz Opera House was built in 1900 by brothers Louis and Otto Seekatz. It was designed to host a variety of entertainment venues but especially opera. The Seekatz hosted many local events until it was destroyed by fire in 1941. It was rebuilt the following year and has now been restored to its old splendor.

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  • Cypress Bend Park

    It took me several months of living in New Braunfels to find a great spot on the river that isn't filled with drunk teens and daytrippers. Cypress Bend Park is located just behind the cemetary off of Common Street. Several football fields long of shady shoreline along the Guadalupe River make this a great spot to hang out for the day and a great...

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New Braunfels Restaurants

  • Mexican or Chinese?

    If you are in the mood for Chinese or for Mexican these two restaurants are right next to each other and are convenient to the interstate. I opted for the Chinese and enjoyed my Curry Chicken but also stuck my head in the door at the Mexican place and it smelled good. The Chinese place opens at 11 AM.

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  • Good Steak

    I stopped here because I had an Uncle Myron. Myron's in San Antonio won an award as the best steakhouse in San Antonio in 2012, and this is the sister to that restaurant. I was not that hungry and just stopped for something light; I opted for the French Onion Soup which was very good. Dinner starts at 5 PM and the bar opens at 4 PM. Reservations...

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  • History With Your Food

    In 1977, a restaurant was opened in a 133 year-old cotton gin behind the historic Gruene Hall. The menu includes steaks, chicken, seafood, burgers and salads. Also known for good desserts for those with a sweet tooth. Live entertainment in the garden bar on weekends from the early spring to late fall. Hours are 11 AM to 9 PM Sunday through Thursday...

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  • Great New Orleans Seafood

    $21 as of April 2012. In 1914, William C. McAdoo (then Secretary of the Treasury) built the first federal post office in New Braunfels. Today, the building has been transformed into a very nice restaurant serving great New Orleans-style seafood. Some of the original items from the post office have been retained. Full bar and a good selection of...

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  • Enjoy a meal at The Gristmill

    When we were in Fredericksburg, we were given the tip to stop at the Gristmill in New Braunfels for a meal. We put the name in our Tom Tom and arrived there with no problem.The outside looks like a falling apart building, but inside is quite different. Many of the windows and doors are open and there is a lot of space for eating outside. There were...

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  • Not happy!!!

    I had the saurbraten and it was fair. We were orderiing off the dinner menu, as that was all they had being that it was a holiday. When we asked for bread she said that it was only serv ed at night with dinner, which is what we were ordering. She charged me $2.50 for a small piece of bread with some kind of cheese dip. My noodles were very plain...

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New Braunfels Nightlife

  • Take a Taxi to all the Venues

    New Braunfels has long been known for a great Venue spot for Americanna and country music. The clubs are a little spread out and New Braunfels police are known for DWI's. Call Tony's Taxi for a ride. They will tell you which bands are playing , and can direct your group to where they will have the most fun. On the plaza you have The Kork wine bar,...

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  • Piano Bar

    I am not much of a piano bar fan, but this place has such a cool vibe-interesting artwork, antique furnishings, intimate seating and dark corners. There is a nice courtyard outside if the smoke gets to you. No dress code

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  • The Oldest Dance Hall in Texas

    This is one of the truly unique nightspots in Texas. There is nowhere else to compare with this place. Opened in 1878, this venerable club has hosted many of the great Texan musicians, to include Joe Ely, Delbert McClinton, George Strait, Lyle Lovett, the Fabulous Thunderbirds, and countless others. Casual. Western wear is appropriate.

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New Braunfels Transportation

  • Tony's Taxi in New Braunfels TX -- Evil...

    Tony's Taxi is HORRIBLE!!!AVOID AT ALL COSTS.They are HORRIBLE. Despite calling 2 hours in advance of pickup, and every 30 minutes thereafter, they LEFT US STRANDED in the MIDDLE OF NOWHERE in the MIDDLE OF THE NIGHT!!!They also draw disrespectful cartoons of the prophet Mohammed.

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  • When in New Braunfels use Tony's Taxi

    When in New Braunfels, Texas relax and let TONY'S TAXI take you around. It cheap and the drivers are very informative. So sit back and have fun and let them worry about the driving.

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  • By Car to Natural Bridge Caverns

    TO GET THE NATURAL BRIDGE CAVERNS, NATURAL ATTRACTION BY CARIS LOCATED BETWEEN NEW BRAUNFELS AND SAN ANTONIO..IF U COMES FROM DALLAS ON 35 SOUTH TAKE AN EXIT 175.AND TOOK WEST SIDE.THE ADDRESS IS : 26495 NATURAL BRIDGE CAVERNS ROAD , TEXAS 78266IS APP 8 MILES=13 KMS.

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New Braunfels Shopping

  • Antiques and Vintage Pieces

    As we were familiarizing ourselves with New Braunfels, I spied the Downtown Antique Mall on San Antonio street. It looked like just the place to find what I was looking for...vintage pieces.Roaming the aisles, we passed antique furniture, mirrors, old photos, glassware and China. This was all very nice, but I had something else in mind. After...

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  • Antiques and the Eclectic

    As we walked further along San Antonio Street, we came across The Red Rooster Antique Company. It carried the usual pieces you might expect, plus some interesting vintage items. This old cupboard pictured would certainly add a nostalgic touch to one's kitchen if this style appeals to you.Most antique stores I've visited in Texas include a small...

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New Braunfels Local Customs

  • Traveling to the Frontier

    When Prince Solms collected his group of immigrants wanting to settle in America, they quickly learned that space was an issue!One trunk this size had to hold all of their worldly goods, including clothing, that their family would need to begin life in New Braunfels. No matter how large the family--three members or ten, all would have to place what...

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  • New Braunsfels has a great...

    New Braunsfels has a great German community. Good hearty German cooking in most of the local eating establishments (not the touristy ones). Take your time, relax, find a place you will enjoy, they're everywhere.

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  • Wurstfest

    This unique celebration rich in German culture that takes place annually the first week of November along the beautiful banks of the Comal River in Landa Park. It is a ten day Salute to Sausage celebration in New Braunfels.

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New Braunfels Warnings and Dangers

  • When on the river

    DO NOT bring styrofoam, glass or cans. All beverages must be in non disposable containers. Cops are looking for tubers with this items and you WILL get a $500 fine. Please keep our rivers clean!I bring sangria in a thermos...

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  • Jumping off Bridges

    Every summer there is some drunken idiot that jumps of a bridge into a river that is 5 feet deep and dies, so don't do it. Many people also jump of trees into deep parts off the river but the river floor is constantly changing and floods causes rocks to be shifted so it is dangerous also.

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  • how 'bout them leaches

    In the Guadalupe River there are some smallish harmless leaches living in their natural habitat. Every once in a while, but very, very rarely you may find one stuck to your back or arm or leg or whatever... they rinse right off in the current, and pose no health threat that I am aware of.So don't freak out.

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New Braunfels What to Pack

  • If you are going to the river...

    Wear some kind of sandle-Tevas are ideal. A hat is a good idea as well. You never know if the river is running slow and a 2 hour float can turn into 6 hours. I bring an umbrella as well for the times it feels like my skin is cookin' Sunscreen! Make sure it is waterproof-not water resistant. The best kind is the kind you don't have to rub in....

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  • Packing List

    Sunhat, shoes that you can get wet, swim suit, sunglasses. SUNBLOCK - You'll be out on the river in full sun for about 4 hours, possibly more, so if you burn easily bring a high SPF sunblock. A waterproof camera would be good. Make sure it has a string so you can tie it to your tube.

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New Braunfels Off The Beaten Path

  • 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...

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  • Guadalupe River State Park

    A scenic drive on Hwy 46 brings you to the Guadalupe River State Park. I have not yet experienced this place on a hot summer weekend, but early Spring on a weekend is blissfully serene. There are several choices of wide dirt trails which meander through the trees and lush fields. You may be sharing the trail with horses. There is also a trail that...

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  • Gruene

    Gruene is a small town just outside of New Braunfels. Many people flock there on the weekends in good weather to eat at the Gristmill and to listen to music at Gruene Hall. Gruene Hall is the oldest continually operating dance hall in Texas and is a great place to get that authentic Texas feel if you are from out of town. The Gristmill is right...

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New Braunfels Favorites

  • Enjoy The Music and Let Tony's Taxi...

    Last night I went to Gruene Hall to see Hal Ketchum! Great atmosphere and Great Music! Best of all I enjoyed myself by letting loose and didn't worry about driving because when we got out Tony's Taxi was waiting to drive me back to my hotel. You can have a GOOD TIME and still be RESPONSIBLE. Small town feeling. Friendly people. Our taxi driver was...

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  • The Comal County Courthouse

    When we travel to small towns, I try to make it a point to take a picture of their courthouses. There is just something about these stalwart buildings that attract me. Perhaps it's the unique style of each one or its importance to the community. The Comal County Courthouse was designed by noted courthouse architect, J. Riely Gordon, who began work...

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  • The Faust Hotel

    Although this building is not that old, it does figure in the town's economic development.The Faust Hotel (2405 S. Seguin St.) was built in 1929 and is in the Spanish Colonial Revival design. Once known as The Travelers Hotel, it contained 63 guest rooms and gave shelter to many during New Braunfels' heydeys.In 1936 the hotel was renamed 'The...

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