Braunfels means brown rock in German; the city is named after Braunfels, in Germany. It is the county seat of Comal County.
New Braunfelshas an important German Texan community. German immigrants en route to New Braunfels (184) The land was located northeast of San Antonio, on the Royal Texas Trail, and had the strong fresh water spring of Comal Springs, known as Las Fontanas when the Germans arrived.
It was also approximately halfway between Indianola and the lower parts of the Fisher-Miller land grant. The first settlers forded the Guadalupe River on Good Friday, March 21, 1845, near the current Fausto Street bridge. As the spring of 1845 progressed, the colonists built Zinkenburg, a fort named after Adelsverein's civil engineer, Nicolaus Zink, divided the land and began building houses and planting crops. Prince Solms would also lay the cornerstone of Sophienburg, a permanent fortress and a center for the immigrant association.
In 1844, Prince Solms was so disillusioned with the logistics of colonization that he asked the Vereins to remove him as commissioner-general and appoint a successor. Meusebach arrived, finances were in disarray, partly due to Prince Solms' lack of business experience and his refusal to keep financial records. To a greater extent, the financial situation was due to the fact that the Adelsvereins were an organization of nobles with no practical experience in running a business. They were on the other side of the world and did not witness the situation faced by both Prince Solms and Meusebach.
Henry Francis Fisher had not provided transportation or supplies for which the Vereins had advanced money. Meusebach found Prince Solms in Galveston while trying to return to Germany, detained by authorities for unpaid bills. Meusebach paid the debts so that Prince Solms could leave. Meusebach discovered that Prince Solm's choice of the inadequate Carlshafen (Indianola) as a port of entry, as well as the isolated route to New Braunfels, was deliberately chosen to prevent Germans from interacting with any American.
According to Nicolaus Zink, Prince Solms had planned to establish a German feudal state by secretly bringing in immigrants and placing them in military strongholds. Meusebach, who had renounced his own title of nobility, took a different approach and invited Americans to settle in the territory of Verein. Cappes invited Henry Francis Fisher to New Braunfels, even though Fisher was not entirely trustworthy by the Vereins. On February 11, 1845, Fisher participated in the coercion of newly arrived immigrants to sign documents stating their intention to leave the Verein and align themselves with Fisher's friend, Dr.
Front page of the Zeitung in New Braunfels on September 16, 1853, Meusebach stabilized the community's finances and encouraged settlers to establish more neighboring communities. The largest of these secondary settlements was Fredericksburg, 80 miles northwest of New Braunfels. New Braunfels thrived and, in 1850, was the fourth largest city in Texas, with 1,723 people, behind only Galveston, San Antonio and Houston in population. In 1852, the Zeitung newspaper was created, edited by the German Texan botanist Ferdinand Lindheimer.
The newspaper continues to publish under its current name, Herald-Zeitung. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 29.4 square miles (76.1 km), of which 29.2 square miles (75.8 km) are land and 0.2 square miles (0.4 km) are water. In the city, the population was distributed with 25.7% under the age of 18, 8.5% from 18 to 24, 28.4% from 25 to 44, 20.6% from 45 to 64 and 16.9% aged 65 and over.
The median age was 36 years. For every 100 females there were 91.9 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 88.3 males. New Braunfels enjoys a humid subtropical climate, with hot summers and a generally mild winter.
Temperatures range from 27.8°C (83°F) in summer to 9.4°C (49°F) in winter. The city holds a German-style festival, the Wurstfest (sausage festival) every November, which is based on the city's strong German heritage. Every December, the city celebrates Wassailfest in the historic center. New Braunfels attracts a large number of tourists, especially in summer due to the cold water rivers that run through the city.
Many generations of families and college students return every summer to ride the Guadalupe River and the Comal River by subway for miles. New Braunfels is the site of the original water park, the Schlitterbahn WaterPark Resort. Ernest Eikel Skate Park attracts many skate board enthusiasts. The other newspaper publisher serving the city of New Braunfels is known as the citizen of Texas, formerly the citizen of New York.
Braunfels is a town in the district of Lahn-dill-en Hesse, Germany. It is located on the German road with a wooden structure. Braunfels is bordered to the northwest by the city of Leun, to the north by the city of Solms, to the east by the community of Schöffengrund, to the southeast by the community of Waldsolms (all in the Lahn-Dill-Kreis), to the south by the community of Weilmünster and to the west by the city of Weilburg and the community of Löhnberg (all three in Limburg-Weilburg). Developments like these conflict with the German heritage of New Braunfels and its charm, with more domestic companies than local ones.
With the influx of new people to New Braunfell, there has been a desire to improve and grow the area near I-35. For a large part of the music scene, the sound of New Braunfels tends to be more relaxed and authentic, unlike that of San Antonio and Austin. Developments such as Solms Landing will continue to grow the city of New Braunfels and locals will continue to commit to preserving the deep German roots, heritage and charm of this fast-growing city in Texas. New Braunfels proudly celebrates its cuisine, music and festivals with regular celebrations, such as the annual German Wurstfest (sausage festival) in November, the Wassailfest (hot cider) in December and the Wine & Saengerfest in the town square. It's becoming more of a suburb of San Antonio, says Mary Irwin, a member of the German-American Society of New Braunfels, which teaches German to children in the summer.
It is the seat of Comal County and is a principal city in the San Antonio-New Braunfels Metropolitan Statistical Area. This has always happened because New Braunfels has had an influx of visitors since 1881, when the train arrived. Carol Kolenberg, a 65-year-old New Braunfels native, doesn't think the city's heritage is disappearing with the new development. The city's coat of arms is the same as the one used by the Counts of Solms-Braunfels, except that the colors of the lower half are inverted, simply to differentiate the city's weapons from those of the former noble family.