The German influence is hard to miss in New Braunfels. The names alone will give you a clue: places in the city like the Sophienburg Museum and the Wursthalle, center of the 10-day celebration of that German favorite – sausage, and in the surrounding countryside – Anhalt and Sangerhalle.

Over one-million visitors come to the home of the number one waterpark in the country, Schlitterbahn and other wonderful varities of recreation in and around New Braunfels include:

• Tube, swim, raft, or kayak the rivers

• Sail, boat, water ski or fish in Canyon Lake

• Fly fish in the Guadalupe River

• Search history at Sophienburg Museum

• Experience Conservation Plaza

• Enjoy more than 100 festivals a year

• Visit the local art gallery / museums

• Live music at Gruene Hall /other venues

Tourism in New Braunfels boasts an economic impact of $469 million, employs over 5,000 direct workers and supports another 2,000 employees. In 2009, the hospitality industry paid $70.3 million in direct wages and contributed over $12 million in taxes and other revenue to the City of New Braunfels.

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Imagine Google Earth street view, but from the center of the surface of the Guadalupe River. A new virtual river navigation tool allows people to explore the Guadalupe River, from Canyon Dam to downtown New Braunfels, directly from their smart phone, tablet, or computer. The tool includes a tagging system for specific sites along the river, so users can find and mark favorite areas and location-specific tips for tubing, fishing, and paddling. The application, created through a partnership between Texas Parks and Wildlife Department Inland Fisheries, the Water Oriented District of Comal County, and the Guadalupe River Chapter of Trout Unlimited, is available through the FishViews water navigation program at the link below. FishViews has also mapped the Comal River, Blanco River, San Marcos River, and Spring Lake.

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The New Braunfels Community Recreation Center is moving along! Check out this time-lapse video of construction to date. #NBRecCenter #WeCanHardleyWait #Summer2018

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