Recently I was watching a program where a man by the surname of Braunfels was mentioned, and that made me think about a community near San Antonio called New Braunfels.
I have been to the community a number of times, and I am always entranced by it. My first foray was a scouting expedition to see what the neighborhoods and amenities were like. What was really exciting for me in the first neighborhood I visited was the 15 or more white-tailed does and fawns relaxing under a mature tree in one of the front yards. I’m a sucker for animals.
New Braunfels founded by German settlers in 1845. I found the city is full of old world charm and quaint architecture while offering modern conveniences without losing the small town feel. Much of the economy is supported by tourism including things such as the Schlitterbahn Waterpark, Natural Bridge Caverns, Craft Beer Trail, historic walking tours, wildlife ranch, floating the Guadalupe river and much more.
Nearby is the Gruene Historic District (as best as I can tell it’s pronounced “Green”), with restaurants and eateries, antique shops, and a bunch of specialty shops and boutiques offering anything from unique clothing to pecan candy.
There are a number of events in New Braunfels throughout the year. Here is a list of just a few:
* Weekly Farmer’s Market
* Americana Music Jam—everything from Gospel to Rock-A-Billy and more
* Quilters Guild offering programs and events almost every month
* “Chosen Marathon” in the fall to provide funds for adoptive and orphan care projects
* And much, much more
I separated out Wurstfest as deserving special attention—after all the tagline is “Sprechen sie fun?” The festival is an annual celebration of the German cultural heritage of New Braunfels. Great food and German beer are, of course, big enticements, but be prepared for 10 days of music, dancing, carnival rides and other events representing Alpine and Bavarian style entertainment. Okay, so I found another tagline I’ve got to repeat here: “Wurstfest! The best ten days in sausage history.” See you in November!
(There are about 1,200 varieties of wurst in German cuisine.)