New Braunfels is a city in Comal and Guadalupe counties in the U.S. state of Texas. It is the seat of Comal County and is a principal city of the San Antonio-New Braunfels Metropolitan Statistical Area. The city's population was 60,761 as of the 2012 U.S. Census estimate, up 66% from the 2000 census population of 36,494.
|City of New Braunfels|
Guadalupe River under Interstate 35 in New Braunfels
Location of New Braunfels in Texas
|Coordinates: 29°42′N 98°7′W|
New Braunfels is located at 29.702, -98.124. This is 29 miles (47 km) northeast of Downtown San Antonio, 19 miles (31 km) southwest of San Marcos, and 45 miles (72 km) southwest of Austin.
According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 29.4 square miles (76.1 km2), of which, 29.2 square miles (75.8 km2) of it is land and 0.2 square miles (0.4 km2) of it (0.51%) is water.
The city is situated along the Balcones Fault, where the Texas Hill Country meets rolling prairie land. Along the fault in the city, a string of artesian springs known as Comal Springs give rise to the Comal River, which is known as one of the shortest rivers in the world, as it winds three miles through the city before meeting the Guadalupe River.
The town holds a German-style festival, Wurstfest ("sausage festival") every November, drawing on the city's strong German heritage. Every December the town celebrates Wassailfest in the historic downtown.
New Braunfels draws a large number of tourists, particularly in the summer because of the cold-spring rivers that run through the city. Many generations of families and college students return every summer to tube for miles down the Guadalupe River and Comal River. New Braunfels is the site of the original water park, the Schlitterbahn WaterPark Resort. The Ernest Eikel Skate Park attracts many skate board enthusiasts.
Comal County Courthouse at New Braunfels, designed by famed architect J. Riely Gordon inRomanesque style
Prince Solms Inn Bed & Breakfast, built in 1898.
The Hotel Faust was completed in 1929, two weeks before the Stock Market Crash of 1929
The Guadalupe Hotel, also known as the Schmitz, built in 1851, with constant renovation until 1873.
Lindheimer House, built in 1852, currently operated by the New Braunfels Conservation Society
Saints Peter and PaulCatholic Church, cornerstone laid 1871, since expanded
L.A. Hoffmann Building
The Brauntex Theatre, a former movie palace, now operates as a performing arts center in downtown
The short Comal Riverin Landa Park in New Braunfels
New Braunfels Railroad Museum is located adjacent to the Brauntex Theater
New Braunfels Civic and Convention Center next to the Chamber of Commerce office
Comal County's four elected commissioners and the county judge convene in this building to the right of the courthouse
Settlers' mural in downtown New Braunfels
Downtown New Braunfels on a rainy morning (May 14, 2010)
Interior of renovated LCRA power plant now called The Landmark
New luxury home on the Comal River in New Braunfels, Texas
Duckworth Violin Shop
Faust Street walk bridge on the Guadalupe River in New Braunfels, Texas
Guadalupe River canoeing
Landa Park Dance Slab autumn sunset
Landa Park Pomegranate flower New Braunfels, Texas
Close up detail of the Landa Park train
Landa Park train & walk bridge.
Sts. Peter & Paul Catholic Church grotto and garden
New Braunfels Utility office exterior stonework design
Tubing on Comal River's Stinky Falls near Prince Solms Park
Wagenfuehr hand carved circus miniatures exhibit