Wurstfest New Braunfels is Celebrating It’s 60th Year with a New Marktplatz & Wursthalle
Wurstfest New Braunfels is an annual celebration rich in German culture and good ol’ Texas fun. Welcome, Willkommen and Howdy, no matter how they say it, they are happy to have you back to eat, drink and be merry! This year’s festival begins Friday, November 5th and runs through Sunday, November 14th.
This is a festival where you can dance the polka, eat good German food, and learn some German lingo to impress your friends. And don’t forget the bier/beer. You will find this golden or amber ale around every corner and with a selection of German, Texas and domestic brews, you are sure to find something you like.
The kids will love the carnival games and thrilling rides and the whole family will enjoy the beautiful park-like setting under the large trees near the headwaters of the pristine Comal River. It’s a beautiful place to have a picnic or just listen to music. There will also be vendors in the Marktplatz where you can shop for unique German goods like a Bavarian hat, bier stein, Wurstfest hat pin, smoked sausage, or this year’s Wurstfest book clueing you into its history. (All great mementos!)
Wurstfest New Braunfels is Back and is celebrating its 60th year
Friday, November 5th through Sunday, November 14th
Fridays – 5-11pm
Saturdays – 11am – 12pm/midnight
Sundays – 11am – 10pm
Monday through Thursday – 5-10pm
Insider tip: Best Times to Visit
Monday through Thursday from 5 – 10pm admission is FREE. Weeknights are typically less crowded with shorter lines for food, beer and carnival rides, and more sitting room in the entertainment halls and tents.
178 Landa Park Dr, New Braunfels, TX 78130
Advance admission and drink tickets are available to purchase online via your desktop computer or mobile phone. During Wurstfest, tickets are on sale at the festival gates, as well as online.
Advance General Admission Online: $18
General Admission at the Gate: $20
Children 12 and under are always free!
Come enjoy the fun that is Wurstfest while knowing your money supports worth while projects. The fest is also a huge vehicle for local civic organizations to raise funds for community projects. This festival is a non-profit corporation that helps support local commerce through tourism while also preserving New Braunfels’ heritage.
Fact: New Braunfels was founded in 1845 by Prince Carl of Solms-Braunfels, Germany.
Fun on Water
And while one big reason to visit this quaint city is the Wurstfest, New Braunfels has much more to offer. There are rivers & lakes, some of which are Spring-fed, perfect for swimming, rafting, skiing, or tubing. Fishing enthusiasts will be happy to know New Braunfels is one of the very few trout hot spots in the southern US.
Kids young and old will enjoy playing at Schlitterbahn water park or tubing the Guadalupe River. And the Texas Ski Ranch offers an extreme water skiing and wakeboarding experience without a boat.
Fun on Land
Not much of a water lover? No problem! This area is full of things for land lovers too. Blending this German heritage with the beautiful Texas Hill Country, there are amazing things to do. Natural Bridge Cavern, Texas’ biggest cave offers an otherworldly experience while the nearby Wildlife Ranch offers you Texas-style African safari fun.
History buffs will enjoy exploring Historic Gruene with its original Gristmill and Gruene Hall which features live music with the likes of Willie Nelson & Robert Earl Keen. Intriguing museums are abundant here as well and one worth checking out is the New Braunfels Fire Museum.
Shoppers beware! You are sure to find much to spend your money one here. With both antique & boutique shops around the area, you will find yourself literally shopping till you drop. Sophie’s Shop, located inside the Sophienburg Museum, carries authentic German items to get you ready for the fest as well as does the Marktplatz on the Wurstfest grounds. You may have to buy a suitcase to get all your treasures home.
Staying in New Braunfels offers many options as well with pricing and accommodations to fit every budget. Lodging can fit any attitude too. Think Glamping in a Teepee on the river or camping in a tent at a State Park. How about a stay in a charming Historic Hotel or a modern Inn both with all the amenities?
The Prince Solms Inn, established in 1898, is one of the oldest continuously operating hotels in Texas. It has 6 recently renovated and curated rooms, a craft cocktail speakeasy, Sidecar, in the basement, private party rooms as well as a casual restaurant, Muck & Fuss, next door. More choices include wonderful B & B’s and completely furnished homes all to yourself. Whether you are looking for adventure, relaxation, charm, or history, you can find it here.
Where to Eat
Restaurants are just as diverse here as in any large city. There is something in New Braunfels to tantalize any palate. Definitely seek out famous Texas B-B-Q at top notch Black’s or Cooper’s. Or the Gristmill River Restaurant in Gruene built in the ruins of an 1878 cotton gin. They cook up delicious steaks and burgers and everything in between.
Krause’s Biergarten & Café sets a German tone with its biergarten, German home cooking, a Stammtisch and great live music. They are right next door to the New Braunfels Farmers Market, so if you are at Krause’s on Saturday, you can shop the market for fresh produce to take home.
Just down the street from Prince Solm Inn is the Tin Top Burgers and Beer. This burger joint is known for it’s delicious variety of burgers made with a blend of Black Angus & pork patty, Tots or fries and onion rings. They also have a vegan burger. Huge selection of craft beer! Good food at reasonable prices. Bonus is the playground for kids.
Now, if you have a sweet tooth, you will definitely want to head over to Naegelin’s Bakery noted for being the oldest continuously operating bakery in Texas. This family-run bakery has pastries of historic proportions.
Except for the Wursthalle and Stelzenplatz buildings, Wurstfest is an outdoor event. It goes on rain or shine.
Masks or face coverings are not required, but guests are welcome to wear them.
Help Pave the Way Initiative
This year you have an opportunity to own a piece of Wurstfest history by purchasing a commemorative brick. The Wurstfest organization was hit by challenging times in 2019 when the Marktplatz was destroyed by a fire. Then in 2020 the festival was cancelled due to COVID-19.
But holding faith, the organization wanted to give the community something to celebrate while raising funds for reconstruction of the Marktplatz. If you would like to become a permanent part of the festival you are invited to purchase a brick which will be engraved with your name and will be placed in the new walkway of the Marktplatz.
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