Deep within the coronary heart of Texas, they’re celebrating life with pints of chilly beer and bratwursts. Neglect tacos, barbecue, and Texas chili; in New Braunfels, it’s Wurstfest time. For greater than 60 years, individuals from all over the world have gathered within the Texas Hill Nation metropolis, positioned halfway between San Antonio and Austin, to have a good time its German heritage. This yr’s Wurstfest occurs November 4–13.
Why New Braunfels? Wurstfest’s historical past dates again to the mid-1840s when Prince Carl of Solms-Braunfels led a bunch of German immigrants right here. New Braunfels was named for the prince’s hometown of Braunfels within the German state of Hesse. Located close to the Comal and Guadalupe Rivers, New Braunfels gives lovely pure landscapes, which helped the Germans settle the realm. With 1000’s of individuals anticipated to pack town of about 90,000 over the 10-day occasion, listed here are a number of enjoyable info and tricks to get pleasure from Wurstfest 2022.
Historical past Of Wurstfest
In 1961, an area meat inspector thought it could be a good suggestion to create a pageant to have a good time all issues sausage. Town’s mayor agreed, and Wurstfest was launched. The primary Wurstfest drew about 2,000 individuals, primarily from the New Braunfels space. Two years later, Wurstfest had grown in recognition and nightly occasions have been hosted. In 1967, because the annual celebration grew, Wurstfest moved to Wursthalle in Landa Park. Wurstfest expanded to 10 days in 1968 and Myron Floren from the Lawrence Welk Present made his first look as a featured musical act. A brand new Biergarten was added in 1974 because the occasion continued to blow up in recognition.
1. When Is Wurstfest?
New Braunfels’s model of Oktoberfest kicks off from 4–11 p.m. on November 4. Wurstfest then celebrates bratwursts, beer, music, and dancing every day by way of November 13. The social gathering is hosted from 11 a.m.–midnight on Saturday, 11 a.m.–10 p.m. on Sunday, 5–10 p.m. from Monday–Thursday, and 5–11 p.m. on the ultimate Friday.
2. The place Is Wurstfest?
Settling in Wursthalle at Landa Park, the fairgrounds close to downtown New Braunfels has hosted Wurstfest for about 55 years. With Halfway rides, truthful video games, beer tents, concession stands, and dance halls, Landa Park is the proper website for the celebration.
3. How To Take pleasure in Wurstfest
In the event you’ve been to an Oktoberfest in Germany or throughout the US, you’ll know what to anticipate. If that is your first Wurstfest, be ready to have your socks knocked off. Folks — together with law enforcement officials — costume in conventional German folks costumes, akin to lederhosen and dirndls (attire), get pleasure from pints of worldwide and home brews, take heed to music starting from polka to rock-and-roll, and dance a number of jigs. Take pleasure in a stroll across the fairgrounds, taking within the sights and sounds of the pageant. You’ll quickly be welcomed into the fold and turn into an honorary resident of New Braunfels’s Wurstfest.
Professional Tip: Gown appropriately for the pageant. Examine climate forecasts to see if jackets are crucial. Put on snug strolling footwear as you’ll be logging a number of steps throughout your go to. In fact, lederhosen and dirndls are strongly inspired.
4. The place To Take pleasure in Music And Dance
Wursthalle is residence to the most important part of the pageant. You’ll discover dance halls with dozens of bands performing polka and folks songs. Folks take to the dance flooring and carry out old school polka strikes, in addition to dance to their coronary heart’s content material. You’ll discover bands in different retailers as nicely, together with Das Grosse Zelt (The Massive Tent), Das Kleine Zelt (The Little Tent), Stelzenhaus, and Stelzenplatz.
5. What To Eat At Wurstfest
With a reputation like Wurstfest, you already know there can be loads of bratwursts. In reality, when you’re so inclined, you’re prone to discover an exhibit of somebody making sausage. After that tasty view, head to Marktplatz — residence to greater than 30 meals stands — and seize a conventional bratwurst. Or take into account different morsels akin to potato soup, Dusseldog on a pretzel roll, wurstkabob, goulash, and potato pancakes. You may as well get pleasure from conventional truthful meals, together with corn canine, funnel cake, and candy kettle corn. In the event you’re looking for out new eating choices, search for a Reuben quesadilla, tamale pie, pork ribs, and onion schnitzel. Whereas at Wurstfest, be sure to cease by the Naeglin’s Bakery stand, residence to genuine German pastries and different treats. The bakery, oldest in Texas, additionally has a everlasting location in downtown New Braunfels.
6. Finest Means To Take pleasure in A Drink
Increase a pint and say, “Prost!” Whereas Wurstfest is thought for its German beers (it’s a German pageant, in any case), loads of American, Mexican, and craft beer can be flowing from kegs on the Biergarten and different tents across the fairgrounds. From a glass to a pitcher, you should buy tickets on-line in your liquid refreshments, as an alternative of standing in line to buy them on the pageant. You’ll be able to even pre-purchase a 1-liter memento stein. Wine and White Claw, in addition to bottled water and soda, are additionally obtainable for buy at Wurstfest. Nevertheless, outdoors drinks aren’t allowed to be introduced into Wurstfest.
7. The place To Take pleasure in The Carnival
Wurstfest’s Halfway encompasses a Ferris wheel, in addition to slides and different rides appropriate for teenagers of all ages. The Halfway has grown from a few rides to greater than a half-dozen. Open every day through the pageant’s hours of operation, a journey on the Ferris wheel gives glorious views of the celebration. You may as well take a look at the video games positioned across the Stelzenplatz.
8. Finest Means To Buy Tickets
You’ll need to pre-purchase your admission tickets so that you’re not spending time standing in line to purchase them, as an alternative of having fun with a drink or soaking within the environment. Tickets are good for your complete day. Admission will get you into all of the leisure acts and retailers. If you wish to depart and are available again on the identical day, have your hand stamped earlier than leaving.
Professional Tip: Wurstfest makes use of metallic detectors at its entrances, in addition to bag searches. Amongst prohibited gadgets are weapons, drones, laser pens, chairs or stools, pets, radios or walkie-talkies, and flammable gadgets. Service animals are allowed.
9. The place To Park
With restricted parking obtainable at Wurstfest — strains are lengthy to discover a parking spot on the grounds — it’s possible you’ll need to both park downtown and take a brief stroll to the pageant or take into account parking close to one of many space’s resorts and reserving a shuttle journey. Downtown New Braunfels has restricted parking obtainable, however when you arrive early sufficient, you need to have the ability to discover a spot.
10. The place To Buy Souvenirs
Whether or not it’s a miniature beer stein or boot, or maybe a Christmas decoration, Marktplatz is residence to glorious memento retailers. You’ll discover loads of reward concepts on the shops.
11. Discover Historic New Braunfels
With Wurstfest happening through the night, weekdays are good for exploring Historic New Braunfels. Town’s downtown is residence to classic structure, basic companies — akin to Naeglin’s Bakery — and murals chronicling the realm’s historical past from Native Individuals to the Spanish affect and German migration. The New Braunfels prepare depot museum shares town’s historical past, subsequent door to a mural celebrating town’s leisure story. Stroll by way of New Braunfels’s previous on the New Braunfels Conservation Plaza, with a residing historical past city together with a classic faculty, basic retailer, farmhouse, and gasoline station.
For an entertaining day journey, head to Pure Bridge Wildlife Ranch. With greater than 4 dozen species of animals, most native to Africa (the ranch has an American bison), guests can take a self-guided drive by way of the park or hop aboard an open-air cart for a guided tour. Choose up a bag of pellets to feed the animals alongside the journey. From giraffes to ostriches and wildebeests, the ranch is a terrific place to get pleasure from an African safari with out leaving Texas. In the event you want underground excursions, go to the neighboring Pure Bridge Caverns, the place you possibly can stroll 180 ft right into a cave on a guided tour, taking in views of spectacular stalagmites, stalactites, and soda straws. Contemplate the combo tour, which mixes the Hidden Passages Tour with the Discovery Tour for a powerful 90-minute expertise contained in the caverns. Pure Bridge Caverns additionally gives floor actions, together with a zipline and twine course.
12. The place To Eat
New Braunfels is residence to excellent eateries. From coffeehouses and breakfast retailers to informal upscale eating, the metropolis has a various eating menu. One among my favorites is Alpine Haus, specializing in German delicacies (one among my most well-liked meals). With a wide range of schnitzels (together with wiener, rahm, and jager), rouladen, and a bratwurst platter, Alpine Haus is the go-to for German eating. It additionally has a wide range of German beer, together with my favourite — Bitburger. In fact, New Braunfels has a wide range of locations that includes American fare as nicely. Pat’s Place is a basic restaurant to go to and revel in dishes akin to a bacon cheeseburger and chicken-fried steak.
13. The place To Keep
With a number of nationwide chain resorts, akin to Courtyard by Marriott River Lodge and Finest Western Inn and Suites, in addition to native lodging, together with Gruene Mansion Inn and The Resort at Schlitterbahn, you’ll have loads of choices for lodging. We loved our keep on the Prince Solms Inn, a basic boutique lodge positioned a number of steps from downtown New Braunfels and Wurstfest.