"A Day in New Braunfels" Top 5 Page for this destination New Braunfels by VeronicaG
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December brought us to San Antonio--we were spending Christmas there. We had just seen some of the family at Thanksgiving and other family members were coming in early January for a visit, so instead of spending the holiday by ourselves we opted to travel.
After arriving at the airport in the early morning, we jumped into our spiffy rental car and aimed it towards New Brunfels. Our hotel room at the Hyatt Riverwalk would not be ready for us in San Antonio yet, so why not strike out for new horizons?
New Brunfels sits 30 miles northeast of San Antonio and easily accessed by travel on I-35. Two rivers run through this town of 36,000 people: the Comal and the Guadalupe.
It was a sprinkly day, but that never hampers our sightseeing. We grabbed a hat (in my husband's case) and an umbrella (for me) and determined to make the best of our day.
The town was founded in the 1840's by German Prince Carl of Solms, who brought settlers to the area. His intention was to establish a community, but after traveling back to Germany to marry, never returned. It seemed his wife, Sophie, had no desire to help build a remote western town.
We learned that many of New Braunfels citizens owned farms outside of town, so built small homes reserved for weekend use in town. This gave them the opportunity to attend church, socialize with other families and stock up on necessary goods.
We enjoyed our day in New Braunfels, I think you would, too!
FYI: The Bandstand, Civil War/Doughboy Memorial and Fountain were all situated at this small park on Main Plaza and Seguin Street.
This is a statue of a Confederate soldier; behind is a statue representing a Doughboy. They sit next to the bandstand and were given several years apart by Mr. and Mrs. E. A. Clousnitzer.
The fountain and friendship tree symbolize the bond between New Braunfels and Old Braunfels in Germany.
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