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The Heart of Texas-German Culture

New Braunfels was founded in 1845, under a German charter, by a German prince named Prince Carl of Solms. He named his new city New Braunfels, for his own native Braunfels region of Germany. Prince Carl acquired the nickname "Texas Carl" for his desire to bring Germans to Texas.

This is one of the most charming towns in the Texas Hill County, with a number of attractions. One of the most popular is the Schlitterbaun water park (which I didn't visit). Another is the nearby historic town of Gruene. And a favorite pastime in summer is tubing down the Guadalupe River.

Located just off I-35, between Austin and San Antonio, it's a perfect day outing from anywhere in Central Texas.

The Guadalupe River

This is a favorite place for tubing and other water recreation. Of course, not all of it is navigable; you should place your tube in below these rapids.


Gruene is the most picturesque part of New Braunfels. It has been, as the web site puts it, "Gently resisting change since 1872". Just across the Gualalupe River from New Braunfels.

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  • In a nutshell:One of the jewels of the Texas Hill Country
  • Last visit to New Braunfels: Apr 2006
  • Intro Updated May 9, 2016
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    Aug 28, 2008 at 1:29 PM

    Awesome read about New Braunfels!! I didn't know there has been a "Texas Carl".


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