Come and experience one of the most unique places in Texas! New Braunfels is a small city with big attractions that bring in visitors from all around the country. Some of the most popular New Braunfels tourist attractions are connected to the city's German heritage and one-of-a-kind environment.
New Braunfels German history began in 1831 shortly before Texas won its independence from Mexico. That year Johann Friedrich Ernst (Friedrich Dirks) of the Grand Duchy of Oldenburg was granted 4,000 acres within Stephen F. Austin's colony. This was the start of a massive German immigration to Texas and the formation of what's now called the German Belt.
Throughout the 1840s a wave of German immigrants flooded Central Texas, and eventually German noblemen began to orchestrate settlements. The noblemen formed an organization called The Adelsverein, which settled Fredericksburg and New Braunfels. So many Germans settled in the area during that time that by the 1850s New Braunfels had become the third largest city in Texas.
Prince Carl of the Solms-Braunfels region of Germany was the nobleman who organized the New Braunfels settlement. He came to the area in 1844 to examine the tract of land he had been granted for the project. New Braunfels was formally established on March 21, 1845.
Just months after its establishment, New Braunfels had a school and the economy began to thrive. The success of New Braunfels is credited with establishing industry in Central Texas and opening up West Texas.
In the Hill Country, the rivers have played a major role in development, particularly the Guadalupe River. Guadalupe River history is now recognized as being tied to numerous industries, including winemaking and tourism just to name a few.
Artifacts have been uncovered that suggest people have lived along the river for thousands of years. The earliest people to inhabit the Guadalupe River Valley were Native Americans from the Tonkawa, Waco, Lipan Apache and Karankawa tribes.
New Braunfels was the first German settlement to be established along the Guadalupe River in 1845. Although the founders had originally chosen another site for the settlement, the beauty and convenience of the river helped change their minds. Throughout the 1800s as more people settled in the area, The Republic of Texas invested in making the lower Guadalupe River navigable.
Guadalupe River Tubing
Tubing on the Guadalupe River near New Braunfels in Canyon Lake, Texas, on the famous "Horseshoe Loop". SHORT and LONG floats, (New Braunfels River Rules do not apply). Parking and one shuttle included with tube rental (Website Coupons), lodging and camping nearby. 830-964-3011 Open Daily.
Enjoy a romantic getaway for two. This secluded cedar log cabin overlooks a pond into beautiful Texas sunsets. You will have the cabin with a gated entrance all to yourself. Close to Potters Creek Park on Canyon Lake.
on the Guadalupe River
Cabin Rentals, Vacation Rentals and RV Park located on the Guadalupe River 4 miles from Canyon Lake and a short drive to New Braunfels, TX. This scenic Texas Hill Country Resort provides the perfect vacation destination to enjoy Guadalupe River tubing, mini-golf, pools, hot tubs, playgrounds, sand volleyball and resort amenities. Also a perfect Canyon Lake venue and event space for weddings, family reunions, and corporate events.
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