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New Braunfels Landa Park Comal SpringsIn 1845 a group of Germans led by Prince Carl of Solm-Braunfels started a Texas town on the Comal River, farming and ranching, making use of the water to flowed from large underground springs, contributing to the prosperity of the town, a contribution which continues to this day, in the form of tourists enjoying the crystal clear Comal River water and Schlitterbaun, widely regarding as the world's #1 water park.

In addition to the short 3.2 mile long Comal River, New Braunfels has another river running through it, that being the Guadalupe River of which the Comal River is a very small tributary.

The Comal River begins at Comal Springs, where hundreds of artesian springs spring from the Edwards Aquifer in New Braunfels' Landa Park. The temperature of the water in the Comal River stays around 78 degrees all year. It is very popular with inner tubers and scuba divers.

Braunfels means "brown rock" in German and is a town in Germany, hence New Braunfels in Texas.

Due to New Braunfels German heritage and large present day German-Texan population the town holds a sausage festival called Wurstfest, a 10 day annual November event.

New Braunfels WurstfestNew Braunfels is sort of a mid-city, 30 miles northeast of San Antonio and 45 miles southwest of Austin. New Braunfels sits along the Balcones Fault, which is where the Texas Prairie meets the Texas Hill Country. It is along this fault that the artesian springs leak out of the Edwards Aquifer.

There are other attractions in New Braunfels, beside Schlitterbahn and the Comal River. Conservation Plaza is the location of several restored structures of historical significance. For instance, the Baetge House is an example of fachwerk construction, it being a 2 story house built in 1852. Other buildings on Conservation Plaza include the Rose Conservatory, the Star Exchange, the Lohse-Fischer Home, the Haelbig Music Studo, the Church Hill School, the John Cabinet Shop and the John Home.

There are 2 Historic Inns that you can stay at in New Braunfels. The Faust Hotel is a restored 1920s hotel with 62 rooms with baths. The Prince Solms Inn has 8 rooms with baths and Giovani's restaurant in the basement.

Sophienburg Museum is the hilltop site where Prince Carl of Solms-Braunfels built a log fort. Today the fort displays the prince's personal effects, household items of the pioneer times and Indian artifacts..

The Wagenfuehr Home and Buckhorn Barbershop Museum includes a 1900s barbershop with a museum featuring hand made miniature circus animals, pictures made from rocks, handmade jewelry, dolls from around the world and a lot of other stuff that has given this home the reputation for being a collector's paradise.

You'll find Animal World & Snake Farm slightly south of New Braunfels at Exit 182 off I-35. There you will find over 500 reptiles, plus other animals, like longhorns, llamas, birds and monkeys. The Snake Farm is open daily during summer.

At Clear Springs Aviaries and Zoological Gardens you can walk through 7 acres of a 35 acre park with more than 200 species of exotic birds and animals. There is a duck pond, a 2 acre lake and more than 2,000 species of exotic plants. The park is open daily. Take the same exit as the one that takes you to the Snake Farm. There is an admission fee.

There are many reasons why New Braunfels is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Texas.


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