Come learn about the history of the first Europeans to call New Braunfels home. A group of emigrants set out from Germany in 1844, led by Prince Carl of Solms-Braunfels. They founded a colony in the Republic of Texas and named it New Braunfels, in honor of the prince’s hometown in Germany. He intended to build a castle called Sophienburg, named for his fiance, Princess Sophia of Salm-Salm. Since she refused to leave Germany for Texas, Prince Carl remained in Germany and the castle was never built. However, the New Braunfels real estate location has become the Sophienburg Museum.
New Braunfels Real Estate Owners Visit Sophienburg’s Archives
Visitors will get a personal sense of who the prince and his followers were. Luggage they brought with them from Germany is preserved in the museum, along with a reproduction of the ship they sailed. Maps and other documents, as well as photographs, tell the story of these brave explorers. People interested in genealogy and the German emigration to Texas should also check out the archives. Letters, diaries, maps, and newspapers, as well as oral histories, are all preserved at the Sophienburg, which has the largest archive on the German migrants. This is a great way to find out about the settlement of the area around your New Braunfels home.
The museum and archives are open Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission is $8 for adults; $4 for students ages 13 to 18; and $2 for children ages 2 to 12. Admission to the archives is $10 and includes museum admission. To visit the museum for free all year, consider a membership. Visit Sophienburg to find out more about the archives and exhibits and special events.