Introduction to New Braunfels, Texas
New Braunfels, Texas, in Comal county, is 29 miles NE of San Antonio, Texas. The city is located in the San Antonio metropolitan area.
New Braunfels History
The community of New Braunfels was established on March 21, 1845. Founded by Prince Carl of Solms-Braunfels, the town was platted and laid out by Nicolaus Zink. The community was named "New Braunfels," after the German Prince's hometown of Braunfels. Due to the reliable waterpower produced by Comal Springs, and the proximity of the road connecting Austin and San Antonio, a number of immigrants began arriving in the 1840s. Soon New Braunfels became a commercial center, complete with business stores, craft shops, and millworks. By 1850, it had emerged as the fourth largest city in Texas.
New Braunfels and Nearby Attractions
- Sebastopol House State Historic Site
- Natural Bridge Caverns
- Sophienburg Museum and Archives
- Clear Springs Aviaries and Zoological Gardens
- San Antonio Zoo
- Museum of Texas Handmade Furniture
Things To Do In New Braunfels
New Braunfels is home to the Museum of Texas Handmade Furniture, Sophienburg Museum and Archives, McKenna Children's Museum, and Alamo Classic Car Museum. Opportunities to play golf are available at the Landa Park Golf Course, Canyon Lake Golf & Country Club, and Sundance Golf Course. Due to the presence of a number of pools, lakes, and rivers in the area, water sports like swimming, tubing, boating, and fishing are popular. New Braunfels also offers easy access to amusement and water parks like the Wonder World Park, Seaworld Adventure Park, Schlitterbahn Waterpark, and Six Flags Fiesta Texas. Visitors can also tour the Natural Bridge Caverns, or take a safari drive into the Natural Bridge Wildlife Ranch. In addition, the community of New Braunfels hosts various annual celebrations including the Wurstfest, Comal County Fair, Folkfest, and Frog Fest.
New Braunfels Transportation
Air transportation is available from San Antonio International Airport.
New Braunfels Higher Education
Colleges close to New Braunfels are Texas State University, Saint Philips College, and Texas Lutheran University.