Old-World Fun: Gruene and New Braunfels Professional Review and Guide
"Once a separate community but now part of New Braunfels, Gruene is a popular destination for shoppers and water recreation lovers. Once a ghost town, Gruene has been transformed into a very popular shopping destination. A historic inn, river rafting, lots of good food, and Texas’s oldest dance hall draw visitors from around the state. One hundred years after its founding, investors began restoring Gruene’s historic buildings and, little by little, businesses began moving into the once-deserted structures. Now Gruene is favored by antique shoppers, barbecue and country music lovers, and those looking to step back into a simpler time.
On weekdays you may find Gruene’s streets quiet, but expect crowds every weekend. Continue south on Gruene Road into New Braunfels. This city has just about everything to offer travelers, including historic buildings, German food, an enormous water theme park, and enough antique shops to merit the title “The Antique Capital of Texas.” If you’re looking for a romantic getaway in a historic inn or a weekend of outdoor fun, New Braunfels is the place. Just half an hour south of Austin, this town of 30,700 offers something for every interest, from antiques and water sports to German culture."