Fredericksburg was founded by German settlers in 1846 and retains a European atmosphere. There are more than 700 historical structures in the historic district and many are a part of the National Register of Historic Places. Old customs are regularly observed: Schuetzenfests (marksmanship tournaments), Oktoberfest, Zweite Weihnachten, and Kinderfest.
German farmers were the first settlers of Gruene. The village is now a part of New Braunfels and Gruene is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
New Braunfels, TX 78130
Heritage Village is a collection of historic structures that were relocated to the site. The village includes an early Texas farmhouse of fachwerk construction, an 1850’s limestone and log structure housing a summer kitchen and smokehouse. Across the backyard is the limestone Breustedt kitchen. The village also includes a schoolhouse, log cabin, farmhouse, and barn structure housing a Cabinet Shop complete with antique furniture maker’s tools.
New Braunfels was founded in 1845 by Prince Carl of Solms-Braunfels region of Germany and a group of German farmers and craftsmen. Historic New Braunfels is one of the top tourist attractions in Texas. The city hosts Wurstfest, one of the largest German festivals in America.
Pioneer Farms includes five themed historic areas to explore, including an 1860s German Immigrant Farm where you can glance into the life of a German family after they emigrated to Texas from the Dessau region of Germany.