Austin has “keep Austin Weird,” New Braunfels might have the slogan “Stay Historic, Baby!” Settled by Germans in the early 19th century, New Braunfels offers the true American idea of a melting pot. The downtown area has all the historic German victorian-era heritage combined with modern art deco architecture right alongside contemporary development.
In New Braunfels and the surrounding area there are some of the oldest structures in Texas. Visit Naeglin’s Bakery, Texas’ oldest running bakery and get the full 19th century experience. You can feel like an old Westerner by going to Henne Hardware, Texas’ oldest running hardware store. Once you’re done munching and repairing, head on down the road to Gruene Dance Hall, Texas’ oldest dance hall.
All this historic life is captured in the dozens of boutique shops and restaurants. Join the weekly festivities and concerts. Also, this historic site is home to numerous museums. Museums such as the McKenna Children’s Museum, the New Braunfels Railroad Museum, and the Buckhorn Barber Shop Museum are conveniently located in the district as are cultural outposts such as the New Braunfels Art League, the Historic Outdoor Art Museum, and the Brauntex Performing Arts Theater.
But this is no ghost town. It’s a boom town. On the corridor between San Antonio and Texas, every year brings new development and new businesses. Stay a night in a historic bed & breakfast and head over to the brand new business complex down the street. On the weekend take the family to the exciting Schlitterbahn Waterpark or go “tubin” down the Comal river. New Braunfels has the best of the the old and the new worlds.