175 Years of

A celebration of the Hill Country town that has become Texas’ ultimate travel destination.

Photo by Will van Overbeek

John O. Meusebach couldn’t have imagined what would become of the settlement he established in 1846 on the Texas frontier. He found a tract of land 60 miles northwest of New Braunfels and bought 10,000 acres near the confluence of two streams, about 4 miles above the Pedernales River. The first German immigrants arrived on May 8, 1846, to the new town, which was named Fredericksburg after Prince Frederick of Prussia.

Nestled in the heart of the Hill Country, Fredericksburg continues to thrive today. The town holds tight to its German heritage in various ways with its beloved Main Street, restaurants, and cultural traditions. A proliferation of vineyards, wineries, galleries, and shopping have also infused the town with new energy and made it one of Texas’ most popular tourist destinations.

Fredericksburg celebrates its 175th anniversary this year. To celebrate one of our favorite Texas places, we’re exploring Fredericksburg’s history, culture, and singular offerings through stories both new and old.

Part I: The Origins and History of Fredericksburg

Family picnicking at a rest area with Enchanted Rock in the background

Photo: Herman Kelly

Fredericksburg: A History

How German settlers had a lasting effect on the Hill Country town.

A view down a historic Main street in Fredericksburg

Courtesy Traces of Texas

A Visual History of Fredericksburg

By Traces of Texas

Illustration: Sharif Tarabay

A Fredericksburg Native Reckons With His Hometown’s Evolution

By John Davidson

Part II: Where to Eat in Fredericksburg

An overhead view of eggs on top of chicken-fried steak

Photo courtesy Colleen Duffley.

5 Breakfast & Brunch Spots in Fredericksburg

By Morgan O’Neal

Part III: Wine, Beer, and More

Two women walk down a sidewalk beneath a sign reading "Fiesta Winery"

Photo: Will van Overbeek

11 Wineries to Visit in Fredericksburg Now

Don’t forget to stop and sip while strolling historic Main Street—plus a few off the beaten path

Der Daiwel's red and black storefront contrasts with Fredericksburg's white Main Street building

Photo by Monica Hand

The Dive Bar Bringing Heavy Metal to Fredericksburg

By Monica Hand

Red wine is poured from a bottle into a clear glass reading "Becker Vineyards"

Photo by Eric W. Pohl

Late Summer Grape Stomping Has Become a Texas Tradition

By Julia Jones

Part IV: Where to Stay

Outside view of a historic Sunday house

Photo by Kevin B. Stillman

Fredericksburg Was a Tiny House Haven Long Before HGTV

By Heather Brand

Part V: Things to Do

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