You may know New Braunfels as one of the top places to go tubing or enjoy a Hill Country sunset, but we’re guessing there’s a lot you don’t know. From its storied history to its unique hotspots to the hottest new communities in the Hill Country, the city is a place with tales to tell. Here are 12 interesting facts about New Braunfels.
- The name “New Braunfels” is a product of the city’s German heritage. Braunfels, which means "brown rock" in German, is a city in Germany.
- The Texas Hill Country American Viticultural Area (AVA) “is the second largest certified Viticultural Area in America…with well over 9 million acres in the heart of Texas,” according to the Texas Wine & Grape Growers Association. Some of the top wineries in the Hill Country are in New Braunfels, including Dry Comal Creek right across the street from Vintage Oaks.
- You know about Texas wines, but here’s something you probably didn’t know about Texas beer: “When Guadalupe Brewing Company says ‘locally sourced,’ it’s not messing around,” said the Texas Hill Country. “The New Braunfels brewery is best known for its Texas Honey Ale, made from honey produced by Texas bees.”
- It was German Prince Carl of Solms-Braunfels, Commissioner General of the Adelsverein, who established New Braunfels back in 1845. Dry Comal Creek was the site of where the first settlers made camp. Read more about it here.
- Prince Solms bought two leagues, or six miles, of land near Dry Comal Springs The two leagues of land at a whopping cost of $1,111.
- The first settlers forded the Guadalupe River on Good Friday, March 21, 1845, near the present day Faust Street Bridge, according to Wikipedia.
- Four years after its founding, New Braunfels had become the fourth-largest city in Texas, behind Galveston, San Antonio, and Houston. Contrast that with today: New Braunfels is now the second-fastest growing city in the entire nation!
- The oldest bakery in Texas is in New Braunfels. Founded in 1868, Naegelin’s attracts sweets lovers from all over to its downtown shop.
- The town of Gruene, which is located within the New Braunfels city limits, has been attracting attention since it was built in 1878. The town, today known as the Gruene Historical District, suffered under the cotton crop disaster of the Boll Weevils, but Gruene Hall was the one business that never closed. Today, it is Texas' oldest continually operating—and most famous—dance hall.
- The Herald-Zeitung, first known as the Zeitung, has been around since 1852!
- The famous Animal World & Snake Farm Zoo has a storied history that started with its founding in 1967, when adventurer Mack McClung and his “his three nieces—Betty, Irene and Lula Belle— founded the spot with three large pythons,” said the San Antonio Express-News. “Eric Trager, an animal lover and activist involved in animal rescues much of his life, purchased the struggling den in 2007 when it was beleaguered with old exhibits and outdated practices. Under Trager's ownership, the Snake Farm has developed into a fully accredited zoo thriving with new animals, including a collection of more than 700 snakes, and interactive educational shows that draw enormous crowds during its busiest time — spring break.”
- And here’s one bonus fact: Vintage Oaks has been the fastest-growing community in the Texas Hill Country for a variety of reasons:
- It’s located in the ideal New Braunfels location, with a private and serene feel yet easy access to all the city’s amenities plus both Austin and San Antonio.
- Want to buy Hill Country land? A new home? An existing property? You can find it all here. The Vintage Oaks masterplan features 1–14 acre properties in both gated and non-gated neighborhoods plus Quick Move Homes and new smaller-lot homes in its popular community of The Grove.
- The cream of the crop of resort amenities, from multiple pools, a lazy river, miles of trails, playgrounds, sports courts and ball fields, a brand-new Fitness Club coming in 2018, and the Tuscan Clubhouse, home to year-round activities and special events.
- Beautiful scenery and views spanning rolling hills and majestic oaks
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