Founded by a German prince in 1845, New Braunfels maintains deep ties to its cultural heritage.
Sponsored by the German Adelsverein, immigrants arrived by ship at the port of Indiannola and headed inward to the Comal Springs colony. Each man was allowed to bring a chest of tools to use in the new land and through their craftsmanship, helped to bring about trade and commerce and eventually become the 4th largest city in Texas by 1850. Over time, they create the first public school system in Texas and is now home to some of the oldest churches, bakery (Naeglins) and dancehall (Gruene).
Many streets and businesses are named after the founding families, and throughout the year you will find festivals and events which flaunt the Alpine flair. The biggest of these is the annual Wurstfest celebration, which is a 10-day celebration of sausages, beer, polka and outright German-flavored fun!