New Braunfels, Texas is named after Braunfels, Germany, meaning “brown rock.” There is a substantial number of German Texan’s in New Braunfels. Throughout the 19th century New Braunfels was often spelled Neu-Braunfels. Wurstfest, meaning “sausage festival”, is a festival New Braunfels holds every November. The town also celebrates Wassailfest every year around December in the historic downtown.
The cold-spring Rivers that run through the city attract a large number of tourists in the summer months. Many tourists and residents enjoy New Braunfels for tubing down the Guadalupe and Comal Rivers. The original Sclitterbahn WaterPark Resort is located in New Braunfels. Another big attraction to the New Braunfels area is the Ernest Eikel Skate Park.
Many residents and tourists enjoy dining at Bier Gardens and dancing to oompah music. Not only do people enjoy dining, but enjoy shopping as well. New Braunfels has some of the best antique shopping year round.
Landa Park is another must see attraction to New Braunfels. Giant Ancient Oak Trees line the park, shading the area. Enjoy picnics under these giant trees. Trails provide opportunities to enjoy flora and fauna through walking, hiking, and jogging. For those who do not want to walk climb aboard a miniature train that takes you around the 51 acre park. Some other activities around the park include playgrounds, miniature golf, a fishing pier, a wading pool, horseshoe pits, pavilions, and sand volleyball courts.