Deep in the heart of Texas lies New Braunfels, a city known for its Old World heritage and small-town charm. Founded in 1845 by German settlers, the city celebrates its legacy with German names on the street signs, summer biergartens and annual festivals like Wurstfest. A truly welcoming community, they even invite you to learn the local lingo before you arrive.
Dive right into the culture in the Gruene Historic District and explore the old-town neighborhood where New Braunfels began. Visit the homes of the founders, shop antiques, relax and reenergize at the spa, and find keepsakes at Old Gruene Market Days. Before the night is over, don your favorite cowboy boots and kick the dust up at one of the local Southern bars or enjoy live music at Texas’ oldest and most famous dance hall.
Then venture over to New Braunfels Square – the epicenter of the city. This is a popular destination for locals and tourists alike because it’s always alive with energy. From local events to a delicious selection of downtown restaurants to unique shops that add a flavor all their own, the square is truly the center of it all.
Even with its German roots, there’s no mistaking New Braunfels is in the beauty of Texas Hill Country. The great outdoors does not disappoint, offering everything from aquatic adventures to exotic animals to complete serenity.
At nearby Canyon Lake, you can rent a boat, cast a line, enjoy a midday swim or see the water from above during a parasailing ride. For more thrills, bring the family to the action-packed waterpark or go exploring in the nearby caverns. If you dare, walk on the wild side with zebras, giraffes, kangaroos and more in a natural preserve that brings wildlife within reach. If it’s relaxation you’re seeking, stop by the nearby vineyards. Family owned, this local favorite is recognized statewide for their Black Spanish winemaking.
New Braunfels is a welcome vacation spot for family travelers as well. Load up the car and head to the drive in theatre to enjoy a double feature starting at dusk. Or, if your kids are “Railfans” — those who enjoy seeing trains go by — stop by the free railway museum dedicated to preserving railroad artifacts and education. Climb aboard Locomotive #7, become a junior conductor and watch up to 30 trains whizz by all day long. For a truly out-of-this-world adventure, head over to the outdoor museum where you can travel through our solar system at the speed of light. Then, wander through the park to meet some of the very first Texans – dinosaurs!
Everyone passing through can find a home away from home at Country Inn & Suites By Carlson,® New Braunfels, TX. As soon as you arrive, our helpful staff can direct you to local favorite destinations — and make sure you leave fully fueled with a complimentary hot breakfast every day. If business brings you to New Braunfels, Country keeps you connected with complimentary Wi-Fi and a business center to help you tackle your daily tasks. Family travelers can take advantage of spacious rooms and the outdoor swimming pool to make staying in just as fun as venturing out. If the heat catches up with you, take time to unwind with a free book from our library, then draw a bath and relax with natural bath amenities you’ll only find at Country. While New Braunfels has new adventures for you to discover, Country has your favorite comforts of home.