New Braunfels

New Braunfels, Texas

New Braunfels, Texas

New Braunfels, Texas Photo by Justin W on Unsplash

New Braunfels, the county seat of Comal County, is at the confluence of the Guadalupe and Comal rivers and the intersection of Interstate Highway 35 and Farm Road 725, thirty miles northeast of San Antonio and forty-five miles southwest of Austin near the southeastern border of the county. It was founded on March 21, 1845, when, under the auspices of the Adelsverein, Nicolaus Zink led a German immigrant wagontrain up the Guadalupe River to the ford of the San Antonio-Nacogdoches road. They made camp at a site on Comal Creek (now Dry Comal Creek) chosen by Prince Carl of Solms-Braunfels, the first commissioner general of the Adelsverein, and promptly organized to receive later arrivals. Zink platted preliminary town and farm lots and supervised construction of a primitive stockade, the Zinkenburg, to protect the immigrants against allegedly cannibalistic Indians. Within weeks Prince Solms had laid the cornerstone for a more permanent fort and headquarters for the immigrant association, the Sophienburg (now the Sophienburg Museum ), made provision for supplying the burgeoning settlement through its first summer on the frontier, and handed leadership of the colony over to John O. Meusebach. By summer the settlers numbered between 300 and 400, and the community had been incorporated under the name of Prince Solms's estate on the Lahn River in western Germany, Braunfels. From 1846 until the 1880s a number of Hispanics and Lipan Indians moved into New Braunfels each spring during sheep-shearing season.

Adapted from the official Handbook of Texas, a state encyclopedia developed by the Texas State Historical Association (TSHA). It is an authoritative source of trusted historical records.

Belongs to

New Braunfels is part of or belongs to the following places.

Adopt a Town

The Texas Almanac's Land Rush program lets you adopt the town, county, or lake of your choice and share your message with the world. 100% of the proceeds benefit education in Texas.

Great Texas Land Rush logo
Adoption Status: ⭐
This place has been adopted and will not be available until June 3, 2023
Adopted by:
Gina Perryman
Dedication Message:
In memory of Thomas Jefferson and Elizabeth Perryman

Currently Exists


Place type

New Braunfels is classified as a Town


  • Latitude

Has Post Office


Is Incorporated


Proud to call Texas home?

Put your name on the town, county, or lake of your choice.

Search Places »

New Braunfels by the Numbers

This is some placeholder text that we should either remove or replace with a brief summary about this particular metric. For example, "We update population counts once per year..."

Population Counts

New Braunfels
Pop. Year Source
90,403 2020 United States Census Bureau
84,560 2019 Texas Demographic Center
57,740 2010 United States Census Bureau
36,494 2000 United States Census Bureau
27,334 1990 United States Census Bureau
22,402 1980 United States Census Bureau
17,859 1970 United States Census Bureau
15,631 1960 United States Census Bureau
12,210 1950 United States Census Bureau
6,976 1940 United States Census Bureau
6,242 1930 United States Census Bureau
3,590 1920 United States Census Bureau
3,165 1910 United States Census Bureau
2,097 1900 United States Census Bureau
1,608 1890 United States Census Bureau
1,938 1880 United States Census Bureau
2,261 1870 United States Census Bureau
3,500 1860 United States Census Bureau
1,727 1858 Texas Demographic Center