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Program #9051RJ
6 Days | 5 Nights
ACTIVITY LEVEL: Easy
EasyFor people looking to exercise their minds more than their bodies. There’s minimal walking and not too many stairs.
ModerateThese programs get you on your feet and include activities such as walking up to a mile in a day through a city and standing in a museum for a few hours.
ActiveFor people who enjoy walking as much as two miles a day, perhaps to explore historic neighborhoods or a nature trail.
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Itinerary for Feb 17 — Feb 22, 2013

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Type: Hotel

Description: Treat yourself to dazzling old world charm in the heart of New Braunfels, Texas. Experience the 1930's elegance of the Hotel Faust. In city center, within walking distance to historic plaza, German bakery, Art League Gallery, antique shops and bank. Originally opened in 1929 as the Travelers Hotel, the building and rooms have been completely renovated in the original decor providing today's traveler with the ultimate in comfort while maintaining the antiquity and authenticity of days gone by. You will experience the craftsmanship of fine furniture, enjoy the tradition of Texas hospitality and take home memories of a wonderful stay at the Hotel Faust.

Contact info:
240 S. Seguin Avenue
New Braunfels, TX 78130 USA
phone: 830-625-7791
web: www.fausthotel.com

Room amenities: Air conditioning, cable TV, ceiling fans, telephones.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Bathroom: To add a private bath during remodel, a step-up was needed to accommodate the plumbing. The bath is small, but adequate.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: $65 per room
Contact hotel

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day One: Sunday, February 17 - Orientation
Afternoon: Hotel check-in is 3 p.m. Program registration begins at 4 p.m. in lobby. Program orientation starts at 5 p.m.

Dinner: 6 PM Dinner in the hotel followed by introductions.

Lodging: Faust Hotel

Meals Included: Dinner
Type: Hotel

Description: Treat yourself to dazzling old world charm in the heart of New Braunfels, Texas. Experience the 1930's elegance of the Hotel Faust. In city center, within walking distance to historic plaza, German bakery, Art League Gallery, antique shops and bank. Originally opened in 1929 as the Travelers Hotel, the building and rooms have been completely renovated in the original decor providing today's traveler with the ultimate in comfort while maintaining the antiquity and authenticity of days gone by. You will experience the craftsmanship of fine furniture, enjoy the tradition of Texas hospitality and take home memories of a wonderful stay at the Hotel Faust.

Contact info:
240 S. Seguin Avenue
New Braunfels, TX 78130 USA
phone: 830-625-7791
web: www.fausthotel.com

Room amenities: Air conditioning, cable TV, ceiling fans, telephones.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Bathroom: To add a private bath during remodel, a step-up was needed to accommodate the plumbing. The bath is small, but adequate.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: $65 per room
Contact hotel

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Two: Monday, February 18 - Visit the Sophienburg Museum, First Protestant Ch...
Visit the Sophienburg Museum, First Protestant Church, Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic Church and City Fire Museum. Enjoy a morning driving tour of the city and afternoon walking tour of the historic downtown.

Breakfast: Breakfast at hotel.

Morning: New Braunfels; "The City of a Prince". The morning's conversation with a stimulating local historian focuses on the need to leave 1840's Germany, the hazardous trip to the Texas shore and the trek to this frontier area led by "the Father of Texas Botany".

Lunch: The first authentic Geman meal of the week is served at the First Protestant Church.

Afternoon: Docents highlight the preservation, research and exhibition of information and artifacts concerning aspects of the religious foundation of New Braunfels.Tour the First Protestant Church, on the National Register of Historic Places, to see the irreplaceable stained glass windows and the silver chalice given to the first settlers by Prince Carl of Solms-Braunfels. At Sts. Peter & Paul church learn about the founding of the first Catholic Chruch. Visit the City Fire Museum . Hear stories of the early volunteer fire fighters and see early pumpers and steam engines. Enjoy a walking tour of downtown New Braunfels. You may stop at Henne Hardware, the oldest operating hardware store in the state of Texas and other interesting and unique stores.

Dinner: Dinner in the historic, well known Clear Springs Cafe, which features a "barrel wood ceiling". A menu and setting to please most tastes.

Evening: Free time.

Lodging: Faust Hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Hotel

Description: Treat yourself to dazzling old world charm in the heart of New Braunfels, Texas. Experience the 1930's elegance of the Hotel Faust. In city center, within walking distance to historic plaza, German bakery, Art League Gallery, antique shops and bank. Originally opened in 1929 as the Travelers Hotel, the building and rooms have been completely renovated in the original decor providing today's traveler with the ultimate in comfort while maintaining the antiquity and authenticity of days gone by. You will experience the craftsmanship of fine furniture, enjoy the tradition of Texas hospitality and take home memories of a wonderful stay at the Hotel Faust.

Contact info:
240 S. Seguin Avenue
New Braunfels, TX 78130 USA
phone: 830-625-7791
web: www.fausthotel.com

Room amenities: Air conditioning, cable TV, ceiling fans, telephones.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Bathroom: To add a private bath during remodel, a step-up was needed to accommodate the plumbing. The bath is small, but adequate.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: $65 per room
Contact hotel

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Three: Tuesday, February 19 - Restored 1850's German Village/Outdoor Art Museum...
Breakfast: Breakfast at hotel.

Morning: Spend the morning in a restored 1850's German village built around an antique rose garden. You will learn about and consider the aspects of daily life as experienced by the cabinet maker, the music teacher, the school master and the on-site blacksmith. We will visit the homestead of Ferdinand Lindheimer:The Father of Texas Botany at his restored home on the Comal River and uncover why the Indians looked on him as a shaman.

Lunch: Enjoy Karttoffelsuppe, Kochcase und Wurst on dunkles Brot in a "fachwerk" general store. The store was built with no nails in the framework of cedar and filled in with adobe brick.

Afternoon: The New Braunfels Historic Outdoor Art Museum perserves local history and heritage with outdoor art. They will provide a slide show of the outdoor canvases and historic motifs.This informative show will be followed by a walking tour of several murals, starting with "The City of a Prince", which portrays the founding of New Braunfels and commemorates the arrival of the settlers in 1845. "Spass und Gemutlichkeit" is another mural that highlights the rich tradition of sausage, bread, beer and wine.

Dinner: Experience the cuisine of a local Mexican Restaurant with a good variety of menu choices.

Evening: An evening Sangerfest of German music and song!

Lodging: Faust Hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Hotel

Description: Treat yourself to dazzling old world charm in the heart of New Braunfels, Texas. Experience the 1930's elegance of the Hotel Faust. In city center, within walking distance to historic plaza, German bakery, Art League Gallery, antique shops and bank. Originally opened in 1929 as the Travelers Hotel, the building and rooms have been completely renovated in the original decor providing today's traveler with the ultimate in comfort while maintaining the antiquity and authenticity of days gone by. You will experience the craftsmanship of fine furniture, enjoy the tradition of Texas hospitality and take home memories of a wonderful stay at the Hotel Faust.

Contact info:
240 S. Seguin Avenue
New Braunfels, TX 78130 USA
phone: 830-625-7791
web: www.fausthotel.com

Room amenities: Air conditioning, cable TV, ceiling fans, telephones.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Bathroom: To add a private bath during remodel, a step-up was needed to accommodate the plumbing. The bath is small, but adequate.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: $65 per room
Contact hotel

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Four: Wednesday, February 20 - Lindheimer: The Father of Texas Botany/Priceless ...
Lindheimer: The Father of Texas Botany/Priceless buildings and artifacts of the distinct New Braunfels heritage/lLanda Springs, Landa Park and Wursthalle

Breakfast: Breakfast at hotel.

Morning: Study the design and construction of the handcrafted Biedermeier furniture made in this area between 1840-60 and displayed in the home of a prosperous cotton farmer built in 1858. The New Braunfels Heritage Village is the home of the Museum of Texas Handmade Furniture which features a collection of fine German-Texan Biedermeier furniture and accessories. The Reininger log cabin features handcrafted furniture.

Lunch: Sample local German cuisine at Freisenhaus Restaurant.

Afternoon: Landa Park is home to Wursthalle and Wurstfest, an annual celebration of German culture filled with Texas fun. The Comal Springs are the largest springs in Texas and the American southwest. Seven major springs and dozens of smaller ones occur over a distance of about 4,300 feet at the base of a steep limestone bluff in New Braunfels' Landa Park. The Springs and the Comal River are home for a federally endangered species, the Fountain Darter. An on-site lecture points to evidence of dinosaurs, ice age mammals, Indian trade area, Conquistadors and exposes you to present ecology and water issues that impact the Edwards Aquifer.

Dinner: The Pullman Dining car at the New Braunfels Railroad Museum is the setting for a delicious dinner.

Evening: Dinner will be followed with tales ranging from train robberies to modern day train modeling. Museum members show off a variety of railroad related historic displays in the restored Victorian station, an operating HO-scale model train layout, a real Mopac caboose and a saddle-tank steam engine.

Lodging: Faust Hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Hotel

Description: Treat yourself to dazzling old world charm in the heart of New Braunfels, Texas. Experience the 1930's elegance of the Hotel Faust. In city center, within walking distance to historic plaza, German bakery, Art League Gallery, antique shops and bank. Originally opened in 1929 as the Travelers Hotel, the building and rooms have been completely renovated in the original decor providing today's traveler with the ultimate in comfort while maintaining the antiquity and authenticity of days gone by. You will experience the craftsmanship of fine furniture, enjoy the tradition of Texas hospitality and take home memories of a wonderful stay at the Hotel Faust.

Contact info:
240 S. Seguin Avenue
New Braunfels, TX 78130 USA
phone: 830-625-7791
web: www.fausthotel.com

Room amenities: Air conditioning, cable TV, ceiling fans, telephones.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Bathroom: To add a private bath during remodel, a step-up was needed to accommodate the plumbing. The bath is small, but adequate.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: $65 per room
Contact hotel

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Five: Thursday, February 21 - When Cotton Was King in Gruene/Time to don your T...
When Cotton Was King in Gruene/Time to don your Tyrolean hat, German togs and dance to a featured accordian player. Mini-Wurstfest with wein, bier and wasser!

Breakfast: Breakfast at hotel.

Morning: After a briefing by a descendant of the Gruene family, you will explore this 1870's "company town" and discover how this former ghost town became the tourist destination that it is today.

Lunch: Lunch at the Gristmill, a well known area restaurant, overlooking the Guadalupe River.

Afternoon: A scenic drive along the Guadalupe River to Canyon Lake will contrast heritage hill country ranches with creeping urban development. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Fort Worth District will explain their mission to provide flood damage reduction to the Guadalupe River Basin below Canyon Lake, supply water to local municipalities and offer some of the best water recreation in Texas. Upon returning to the hotel, the Comal County Engineer will explain the history of flooding and the value of the dam to the flood prone New Braunfels region. Following the slide show will be a visit to the Historic Faust Street bridge.

Dinner: Time to don your Tyrolean hat, German togs and dance to a featured accordion player for our Mini-Wariest. Happy hour treats prior to the final German meal of the week served in the Forke Store at Conservation Plaza.

Evening: A fun sing-along concludes the evening.

Lodging: Faust Hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day Six: Friday, February 22 - As we review and wrap up the week, we will learn ...
As we review and wrap up the week, we will learn about the entertainment and recreation the early German immigrants enjoyed, bringing us to contemporary times, helping to understand why New Braunfels has become the tourist destination it is today.

Breakfast: Breakfast at hotel.

Morning: The final lecture of the week will be in held in the hotel. Learn about traditional to contemporary entertainment and recreation the German community has enjoyed

Lunch: Program ends following morning lecture at 10:30 a.m.

Meals Included: Breakfast


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New Braunfels, TX
New Braunfel Chamber of CommercePhone: 830-625-2385
For additional information, visit: www.nbcham.org

Important information about your itinerary:
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5 nights of accommodations
14 meals: 5 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 5 dinners

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