Our History (unsere geschichte)
“The beauty of the place was astounding. Masses of wild flowers covered the prairie and powerful springs added to the magnificent beauty creating a crystal clear river which would serve the industry of the future.”
– Hermann Seele, diary, 1845
Willkommen. Bienvenidos. Welcome to New Braunfels! Nestled in the heart of Texas, this is the only city in the state founded by German royalty. On March 14, 1845, Prince Carl of Solms-Braunfels, Germany, purchased 1,265 acres for $1,112. Thus, the “City of a Prince” was born. Seven days later, on Good Friday, Prince Carl led the first settlers into New Braunfels, named after his ancestral German home.
This city’s story takes flight on the dreams of German emigrants. After enduring months of sea travel and 60 days of treacherous land journey, they found promise in their new home – New Braunfels, Texas.
“The land is so wonderfully situated: nothing better could be wished for: and much more beautiful than could be described.”– Nicholas and Anton Riedel, letter, April 30, 1845
“The location of the city in the broad valley, watered by the beautiful stream and surrounded by gently sloping hills is most charming.”– Dr. Ferdinand von Roemer, 1845