From the Archives: Memories of Easter
The Sophienburg will be closed April 18 in recognition of Good Friday.
On the Calendar
- Through May 2014 - An Exhibit of Fairy Tales by the Brothers Grimm - Brüder Grimm - Kinder Märchen
- April 18 - Closed - Good Friday
- May 17 - Historic Museum Day - Free Admission 12-4 p.m.
- May 18 - Picnic on The Hill - Social Hour 4 p.m. - Picnic 5 p.m.
- July 4 - Annual Parade & Patriotic Program
For more information phone 830-629-1572 Tuesday-Saturday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sophienburg visitors come from all over...
Weihnachtsmarkt Merchant Letter and Application (PDF)
Rent the Emmie Seele Faust Memorial Library Building for Your Events
We are delighted to offer the Emmie Seele Faust Memorial Library Building as an event venue in the pleasant surroundings of Sophienburg Hill. The venue includes the library building, the Malmsted Pavilion and the Sophienburg grounds. The library comfortably accommodates up to 80 (seated in chairs) or 60 (seated at tables) for classes, meetings, or parties. For rental information please contact Linda Dietert at 830-629-1572 or
In 1844 Prince Carl of Solms-Braunfels and a group of emigrants set out from Germany to start a colony in the Republic of Texas. The Prince chose a site on the Comal River because of its abundant water, lush vegetation, and "a good omen." On March 21, 1845, he and his band of pioneers founded New Braunfels, named for his hometown in Germany.
Prince Carl chose a hill overlooking the beginnings of the town and began his plan to build a castle on the site. His home was to be called Sophienburg (Sophie’s Castle) for his fiancée, Lady Sophia, Princess of Salm-Salm. He returned to Germany to bring Sophia to Texas, but she refused to leave. Prince Carl chose his fiancée over Texas and stayed in Germany to marry Sophia. He never returned to Texas. Today the Sophienburg Museum and Archives stands on the hill chosen long ago by Prince Carl.
Sophienburg Museum and Archives hours are 10 a.m.–4 p.m. Tuesday–Saturday.
Closed Sunday and Monday.