Welcome to New Braunfels, Texas
New Braunfels is a popular Texas tourist town that was founded in 1845 by Prince Carl of Solms-Braunfels region of Germany and a group of German farmers and craftsmen. German names can be seen on the billboards and street names throughout the city.
Several Native American tribes inhabited this area because of the fresh spring water available. The expedition of Domingo Teran de los Rios of 1691, followed the “El Camino Real” (today a National Historic Trail) which crossed the Guadalupe River near today’s Frust Street Bridge. Subsequent French and Spanish expeditions, including those of the Marques de Aruayo and Louis Juchereau de St. Denis, commonly passed through this area. In 1825, a Mexican land grant gave title of the area around the springs to Juan M. Veramendi. During the eighteenth century, the springs and river (which has been called Las Fontanas and the Little Guadalupe respectfully) took the name Comal, Spanish for “flat dish”.
New Braunfels is an easy drive from major Texas cities. Austin is 40 miles to the north, San Antonio is 25 miles to the south, and Houston is 160 miles to the east. The historic town of Gruene, Texas and Canyon Lake are only minutes away.
New Braunfels is served by the New Braunfels Independent School District and the District. There are five high schools located within city limits, as well as a freshmen center. There are: New Braunfels High School, Canyon High School, Alamo Colleges-Memorial Early College High School, John Paul II Catholic High School (Texas), and New Braunfels Christian Academy, the latter of the group being a K-12 institution.
In the city the population was spread out 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% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 36 years.