In the heart of Texas Hill Country, Fredericksburg is a small town with a rich German heritage and historic appeal, surrounded by vineyards and orchards. The Marktplatz is Fredericksburg's iconic town centerpiece among unique shops, art galleries, Sunday Houses, charming B&Bs, and many historic sites. History buffs will love exploring the Pioneer Museum, featuring exhibits on settlers and homesteaders, as well as the National Museum of the Pacific War, filled with WWII exhibits. The Sauer-Beckmann Living History Farm offers a unique experience with a full reenactment of farm life in the early 1900s. Want more? Lyndon B Johnson's Texas White House and the Texas Rangers Heritage Center are worth visiting as well. Head into the surrounding hills to discover lush vineyards, peach orchards, and country schoolhouses. Get further out of town to experience hiking trails and camping at the Enchanted Rock, biking along country roads or mountain biking at Hill Country State Natural Area, birding along the Live Oak Wilderness Nature Trail, as well as fishing, climbing, and horseback riding. Year-round events are in full swing. Don't miss Oktoberfest, the Crawfish Festival, Stonewall Peach Jamboree and Rodeo, German themed holiday festivities, and many more.
Creating a geographical triangle with Austin and San Antonio, Fredericksburg is a quaint Texan town that is easily accessible. Catch a flight into either major city, rent a car, and hit the country roads to get to Hill Country. Lodging options are charming and quaint, with an abundance of cabin rentals, inns, and B&Bs. Peak season is spring and summer, anywhere from March through August, but fall and winter are mild and offer a less busy time to visit.
Things to Do
Enchanted Rock State Natural Area: Rising peculiarly above Texas Hill Country, this large pink granite dome draws outdoor enthusiasts to explore hiking trails, climbing routes, and campgrounds.
Lyndon B. Johnson State Park and Historic Site: The former President's country home marks the site of this state park. Take a self guided tour of the park and explore sites like the Junction School, the Pedernales River, and the Sauer-Beckmann Farmstead.
Pioneer Museum: A historic complex in Fredericksburg highlights pioneer life in restored buildings including a schoolhouse, blacksmith shop, church, Sunday House, and smokehouse.
Sauer-Beckmann Living History Farm: Located within the LBJ State Park, this unique farm offers a glimpse of life in an earlier time, complete with reenactments.
National Museum of the Pacific War: This one of a kind museum for the area is dedicated to veterans of the Pacific War with exhibits including the George Bush Gallery, Plaza of Presidents, Japanese Peace Garden, Memorial Walk, and recreation of the Pacific Combat Zone.
Luckenbach, Texas: Just 15 minutes southwest of Fredericksburg, this funky town is an old trading post turned country music mecca. Come on in to enjoy an old dance hall, daily live music, and a general store and bar.
Wine Road 290: Roll through the countryside around Fredericksburg along Road 290 to discover 16 award wining wineries.
Marktplatz: The centerpiece of Fredericksburg hosts the octagonal Vereins Kirche Museum, gardens and picnic areas, and many town events.
Willow City Loop: Hop on the Willow City Loop towards Llano, Texas, to discover a dramatic landscape of cliffs and canyons set against vibrant wildflower fields.
Old Tunnel State Park: This abandoned railroad tunnel is now home to millions of bats. Take in the sights, sounds, and smell from May through October.