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Welcome to the Sophienburg Museum and Archives.

Take the journey with Prince Carl and his group of German colonists as they cross the ocean and make their way into central Texas. Admire their courage and determination to establish a new colony at the edge of Indian Territory. Exhibits, rich in local artifacts, photographic images, maps and documents, take visitors through the history and cultural heritage of New Braunfels and Comal County. The Sophienburg Museum offers public lectures, school programs and community events that promote the area’s unique history.

The Texas Wildflower

What others are saying about the Sophienburg:
"This remarkable museum showcases German immigration in the Hill Country region through a world-class permanent exhibition."  More …

CBS-Austin — Road Trippin'

The Guardians of New Braunfels History

Posted by Sophienburg Museum and Archives on Wednesday, June 21, 2017

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Thanks ...

... to everyone who stopped by Sophie's Shop and Carl's Stein Haus at Wursfest. Your purchases support the mission of the Sophienburg. Thanks also to all the volunteers and staff who rang up sales and kept the shelves stocked.

CBS-Austin — Wurstfest 2019: tons of authentic trinkets at Sophie's Shop!

Weihnachtsmarkt Star Party

Nov. 21, 2019 6-9 PM — New Braunfels Civic/Convention Center

Be among the first to shop Weihnachtsmarkt with an evening of cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, a silent auction, and entertainment. More...


November 22-24, 2019 — New Braunfels Civic/Convention Center

Weihnachtsmarkt (Vy-noks-markt), a premier Christmas shopping event, is the largest fundraiser for the Sophienburg Museum and Archives. More...

Since 1845

Our beautiful New Braunfels, the only Texas city founded by German royalty, will soon be celebrating its 175-year history of cultural heritage, hard work, and “gemuetlichkeit” (the good life). For more information about the celebration events and how to become involved, follow this link:

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