New Braunfels Pop.29,173 Alt. 720

Subterranean Grandeur at Natural Bridge Caverns near New Braunfels

General -

Seat of Comal County, established 1845 on Comal River by German settlers led by Prince Carl of Solms-Braunfels. Successful farming, ranching, abundant water from large springs contributed to early prosperity of settlement. German influence in tradition, culture and language still prominent; famous for sausages, breads, and popular river resorts.

New Braunfels Factory Stores is one of state's first factory-direct shopping centers with some 50 Manufacturers selling direct. Open at 9 a.m. - 9 p.m. daily except 6 p.m. Sun. Exit 187 or 189 on I-35.

Wurstfest (Sausage Festival), 10 days early Nov., salutes the "best of the wurst." Features singing societies, Traditional German bands, dancing groups and sausages of every description. Historical exhibits, art shows and special events.

Bed and breakfast accommodations offered in historic buildings.

Points of Interest

Alamo Classic Car Museum

Take a trip down memory lane among one of the finest private collections of classic vehicles in the state. These restored vehicles depict more than eight decades of automotive history. Other collectibles also on display. Gift shop. Open daily 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. On I-35 south near city limits, exits 180 or 182. For information, 210/606-4311. Admission.

Museum of Texas Handmade Furniture

Housed in historic (1858) Andreas Breustedt home; displays include dozens of furniture pieces handcrafted in Texas during 1800s. English ironstone, pewter, and other artifacts from 1700s. One-room log cabin features furnishings and tools. Open Memorial Day - Labor Day, Tues. - Sat. 10 a.m. - 4 p.m., Sun. 1 - 4 p.m.; Labor Day - Memorial Day, Sat., Sun. 1 - 4 p.m. 1370 Church Hill Dr. Admission.

River Camps-

The Guadalupe River below Canyon Dam near Braunfels is popular with tubers.
River camps and resorts have been popular for years. Clear , cool, spring fed pools, rapids, and scenic settings for family outings.

Scenic Drives

Any of several highways into the Hill Country are scenic. R.M. 32, the "Devil's Backbone," northwest of Canyon Reservoir is exceptionally beautiful, as is county road from New Braunfels to Sattler along Guadalupe River.

Sophienburg Museum

On Hilltop site where Prince Carl of Solms-Braunfels built a log fortress. Displays many of the nobleman's personal effects, Indian artifacts and household items of pioneer era. Open Mon. - Sat. 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.; Sun. 1 - 5 p.m. 401 W. Coll St. at Academy Ave. Admission.


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