New Braunfels

The seat of Comal County was established in 1845 on the Comal River by German settlers, led by Prince Carl of Solms-Braunfels. Successful farming, ranching and abundant water from large springs contributed to early prosperity. German influence is still prominent. The city is famous for sausages, breads and popular river resorts. The Guadalupe and Comal rivers provide excellent water recreation for visitors. Bed-and-breakfast accommodations are offered in historic buildings.

Wurstfest -- in early November -- salutes the "best of the wurst" with traditional German bands, dancers, historical exhibits and, of course, sausages. www.wurstfest.com.

Other events include Folkfest in April, Americana Music Jam in May, Comal County Fair in September and the Gruene Music & Wine Fest in October.

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