Located at the mouth of Texas Hill Country, New Braunfels is a picturesque city with an old-fashioned charm. German immigrants settled here in the mid-1800s, and the culture continues to thrive to this day. The city is also home to a historic 19th-century settlement and the oldest dance hall in Texas. Travelers and locals mingle downtown, sampling buttery, flaky strudels, and delightful Texas wines. There are two rivers in town perfect for watersports, while the local caverns are an intriguing respite on a hot summer day.
Not far from the Main Plaza, Naegelin's Bakery has been serving a taste of German heritage since 1878. The New Braunfels institution bakes traditional European delicacies, but they are best known for their apple strudel. The treat is likely to sell out early in the afternoon, so be sure to arrive early for a taste. Plan to ruin your appetite as you work your way through a selection of danishes, Lebkuchen, which are frosted cookies, or kolaches, firm pastries filled with fruit or meat. If you're in town on a Saturday morning, arrive early to beat the Farmer's Market crowd.