Tucked deep within the Texas Hill Country, New Braunfels features the natural beauty of America’s Southwest alongside a rich German heritage. The historic town is teeming with charm, from the quaint Bavarian buildings to fresh food markets and family-friendly festivals.
Things to do in New Braunfels
Join a tour of the Natural Bridge Caverns, home to some of the world’s most rare and delicate rock formations. Venture 55 metres below the ground as you explore the cave’s hidden passages and streams, before taking to the skies on the Canopy Explorer, a ropes course set 20 metres above the ground.
Experience the excitement of a real safari drive at Natural Bridge Wildlife Ranch. Jump in a jeep and get within arm’s reach of zebras, giraffes and buffalos as you traverse your way across a 182-hectare game reserve. If you’re up for more adventure, hire a rubber tube and take part in the summertime tradition of tubing down Comal River.
For a full day of food, beer and conversation, follow the Hill Country Craft Beer Trail. With over 15 craft breweries to choose from and plenty of impressive natural landscapes to see along the way, you’re bound to have a cracker of a day. Don’t miss the dramatic canyons at Devil’s Backbone, where rolling hills and sweeping valleys are dotted with oak and juniper trees.
Are you a history buff? Get your hands on the New Braunfels Historic Museum Passport and spend a day uncovering the past. Learn about the German roots in New Braunfels through the interactive displays at the Sophienburg Archives & Museum of History and treat yourself to an apple strudel at Naegelin’s Bakery, the oldest bakehouse in Texas.
Getting around New Braunfels
Located on the I-35 corridor between San Antonio and Austin, New Braunfels is easy to reach by car or bus. Airport shuttles operate from both Austin-Bergstrom International Airport and San Antonio International Airport. Walking and cycling are a great way to explore the town, while a rental car is the best option for transport.