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Where to Stay in 2024: Central Texas and the Hill Country

January 2, 2024 | By

Clash of the Titans: The Great High School Football Rivalries of Texas

December 11, 2023 | By Andrew Lawrence

Rivalry and football go together in Texas like cowboy boots and belt buckles. Long Creek High better get ready.

Natural Bridge Caverns Gives New Meaning to Underground Music

August 28, 2023 | By Omar Gallaga

Two hundred people sat waiting in the dampness of an underground cavern, the dark illuminated by a set of concert lights that turned the limestone walls and ceiling into an indoor rainbow of sorts.

Go With the Flow on the Comal River

June 27, 2023 | By Joe Nick Patoski

It’s high noon on a scorching Saturday in August, and I’m standing on the banks of Hinman Island

The Enduring Joy of Schlitterbahn

June 21, 2023 | By Eric Webb

For about a year after COVID-19 vaccines became a thing, once-normal outings came with a new sense of wild abandon after months of … whatever’s the opposite of wild abandon.

A Hotel Haunted by a Ghost Cat and Other Spooky Tales in New Braunfels

May 24, 2023 | By Bobby Alemán

Just as we were leaving the restaurant on the outskirts of New Braunfels, we saw a black sky turn purple and flash with thunderbolts.

Get Swept Away at Republic of Texas Brooms and 1800’s General Store in New Braunfels

May 3, 2023 | By Omar Gallaga

It’s wet and cool outside at Heritage Village in New Braunfels, but inside the limestone cottage where John Potter works, it’s cozy.

The Daytripper Finds the Color of Texas in Gruene

January 24, 2023 | By Chet Garner

Tucked along the winding Guadalupe River in the Hill Country is a town that’s much bigger in legend than in size.

Fast-Growing New Braunfels Holds Onto Its German Heritage and River Recreation

December 29, 2022 | By Omar L. Gallaga

In New Braunfels, The Redbird Listening Room Caters to Songwriters—and Song Listeners

July 12, 2022 | By Anthony Head

With people once again flocking to live music venues after COVID put a temporary halt to live events, The Redbird Listening Room in New Braunfels is offering music fans the chance to take in Texas music without distraction—no cell phones, no table service, no talking.

After a Fire and a Pandemic, the New Braunfels Tradition of Wurstfest Returns

November 2, 2021 | By Omar Gallaga

It was a sad year for sausage when, in 2020, the gigantic New Braunfels German food, beer, and music festival Wurstfest was canceled.

German Immigrants Bucked Texas Conventions to Create Their Own Communities

February 25, 2021 | By James L. Haley

Surviving a Year Without Wurstfest in New Braunfels

November 5, 2020 | By Omar Gallaga

Given the mummy’s curse totality of 2020, one could be considered trivial for being despondent, inconsolable, bereft over losing a single cultural event.

A Fantasy Tennis Camp Deep in the Heart of Texas

October 15, 2020 | By Joel Drucker

It’s 85 degrees on an October morning in New Braunfels. At first glance, the scene is common: two recreational tennis players, both male, finishing off a long singles match with a decisive tiebreaker.

A Golden Moment on the Guadalupe River

September 24, 2020 | By

A Relative of German Settlers Retraces Her Ancestors’ Arduous Path to the Texas Hill Country

May 22, 2019 | By Amanda Eyre Ward

Visit Canyon Lake in the Texas Hill Country with Our New Video Series “A Piece of Texas”

April 11, 2019 | By

Check out our new video series “A Piece of Texas” and follow Rich, Amberly, and Luke as they head out on the road, making music and exploring the state’s hidden gems. First stop: Canyon Lake.

Most-Read Stories of 2018

December 26, 2018 | By Peter Obering

Wildflower road trips, barbecued crabs, the wild outdoors, and a snake farm in New Braunfels highlight our most popular stories in 2018.

The World’s Largest, Longest, Tallest, and Smallest in Texas

December 21, 2018 | By John Lumpkin


How often have you heard that? The New-York Tribune is said to have coined the phrase more than a century ago. Though not quite everything in the Lone Star State qualifies as the world’s largest, tallest, longest, or widest, plenty do. Hitting the road to find them is a gargantuan trip in itself.

Ray Wylie Hubbard Revisits the Snake Farm That Inspired His Famous Song

September 20, 2018 | By

Any good songwriter knows when the muse strikes, write it down. For Ray Wylie Hubbard, it was maybe the 10,000th time he was driving southbound on Interstate 35 from New Braunfels toward San Antonio, passing Exit 182 at Engel Road and the so-big-you-can’t-miss-it sign that screamed “SNAKE FARM” in red and black letters. The words, meant to entice drivers to stop at the long-running roadside attraction, conjured the image of a farm full of snakes, and Hubbard physically shuddered.

Historic German Eatery Krause’s Cafe Returns to New Braunfels

July 25, 2018 | By Kimya Kavehkar

At Krause’s Cafe and Biergarten in downtown New Braunfels, the writing’s on the wall. But rather than an ominous warning, the sausage recipe painted on the building’s exterior, along with murals of Krause family members, reflects New Braunfels’ German heritage and how this restaurant, established in the late 1930s, plays a starring role in that history.

Daytripper: New Braunfels

May 12, 2017 | By Chet Garner

Natives and visitors love New Braunfels for its crystal-clear rivers and the thrilling slides of Schlitterbahn.

Dance Hall Devotion

February 7, 2017 | By Melissa Gaskill

People pack the wall-to-wall tables in Gruene Hall, and the band has hit full swing when I walk in one summer Sunday morning.

Sweet-tooth Solutions

November 13, 2016 | By Melissa Gaskill

I push open the weathered metal-and-glass door of Naegelin’s Bakery and immediately face a dilemma. On one side of the narrow room, bakery cases display an array of goodies—kolaches, cinnamon rolls, colorful cupcakes, candies, brownies, cakes, and pies.

Tubes O’ Fun

June 20, 2016 | By Heather Brand

When I first visited Schlitterbahn in New Braunfels as a teenager in the mid-1980s, the waterpark was just a few years old.

Underground Wonderland

September 10, 2014 | By Helen Anders

As the smallest of the college students exploring a Hill Country cave on March 27, 1960, 19-year-old Orion Knox found himself elected to wriggle first into a previously unexplored crevice.

Texas Top 40, No. 9 New Braunfels

August 1, 2014 | By

The allure of a New Braunfels getaway is particularly strong during these dog days of summer, when the town’s two scenic rivers—the Comal and the Guadalupe—beckon for a refreshing dip.

On the Right Track

June 17, 2014 | By Michelle Burgess

A plot of land 15 feet from an active stretch of railroad tracks is not generally considered a prime location upon which to open a fledgling restaurant.

Texas Top 40 Travel Destinations

December 3, 2013 | By


Last fall, we asked Texas Highways readers to share their favorite places in the state for our Texas Top-40 Travel Destinations.

The Fruits of a Flood: The Canyon Lake Gorge

October 18, 2013 | By Melissa Gaskill

In a matter of hours in July 2002, flooding rains unearthed eons of history beneath a swath of Hill Country landscape near New Braunfels.

New Braunfels: Unwind Time

March 8, 2010 | By Melissa Gaskill

Natural wonders enhance Old-World charm in a small-town setting

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