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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.

Support the Sophienburg at the Weihnachtsmarkt Christmas Market!

Inspired by the open-air Christmas markets of Germany, this shopping event in New Braunfels is the perfect way to get you in the holiday spirit! Tara Kohlenberg and Reagan Parks tell us about this annual tradition and preview some of the wonderful items you can find at Weihnachtsmarkt, supporting the Sophienburg Museum & Archives. View the video online.

2018 Weihnachtsmarkt Merchants

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 …

The Guardians of New Braunfels History

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

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