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New Braunfels is located in Comal and Guadalupe counties in the State of Texas. It is the seat of Comal County and is a principle city of the San Antonio/New Braunfels, area. The city's population was 66,394 at the time of the 2014 Census. The population in 2018 was 79,152, a 19% increase over the previous year, making it the second fastest growing county in the United States.
New Braunfels History:
New Braunfels was founded on March 21, 1845 when Nicolaus Zink, under the leadership of Prince Carl of Solms-Braunfels, led a German immigrant wagon train up the Guadalupe River. Zink's command arrived at the site that was to become New Braunfels on the east bank of Comal Creek. Once here, Zink platted town and farm lots and supervised construction in an area to protect the immigrants against alleged cannibalistic Indians. Prince Solms prepared a more permanent fort and headquarters for the immigrant association, the Sophienburg. By summer of 1845, the settlers numbered around 400 and the community had been incorporated under the name of Prince Solms' estate on the Lahn River in Western Germany, Braunfels. By 1850, New Braunfels was the fourth largest city in Texas.
For more New Braunfels history go to the Sophienburg Museum site at: http://www.sophienburg.com/
Activities & Attractions:
You're never short on things to do in New Braunfels, Texas!
The City of New Braunfels is a fantastic tourist location and is home to the best water park and year-round resort in the country, Schlitterbahn. Schlitterbahn offers over 70 acres of family fun along the Comal River. In addition to Schlitterbahn, visitors should be prepared for many other water recreation activities, including the Texas Ski Ranch which offers wake boarding on Texas’ only cabled lake system. Both the Guadalupe and Comal Rivers flow through New Braunfels giving visitors a place to float, kayak, canoe, and fish. Then you have Lake Dunlap, Lake McQueeney, and Canyon Lake for activities such as skiing, tubing, sailing, fishing, and house boating.
New Braunfels has a quaint small town feel with events through out the year. Check out the Chamber of Commerce website and the Parks and Recreation website for upcoming events. There are always free, family-friendly activities going on in and around town from Wurstfest, the Christmas Tree Lighting, Breakfast with Santa, Gruene Christmas Market Days, Wassalifest, Caroling on the Plaza, Weihnachtsmarkt, Gruene Town Lighting, Photos with Cowboy Kringle, Gospel Brunch with a Texas Twist, plus so much more. Along with all of this, we have a wide selection of live music venues featuring some of the best musicians in the country all around this area including the infamous Gruene Hall and Brauntex Theatre! This area shows its TEXAS PRIDE very well!