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Map of Fredericksburg & Additional Fredericksburg Information

Nimitz Hotel in FredericksburgFredericksburg was settled by German immigrants, led by John Meusebach, in 1846. The new settlement was on the Comanche frontier, with the Meusebach - Comanche Treaty of 1847 making for a lasting peace between the tribe and the Germans.

Many of the buildings in Fredericksburg reflect traditional German styles. Even the McDonalds has a German look to it.

Fredericksburg is a very popular weekend getaway due to its scenery, the historic landmarks, restaurants, bakeries, the shops and galleries, along with the overall European atmosphere. And the peaches.

Fredericksburg was the birthplace of Admiral Chester Nimitz, he being the Commander in Chief of the U.S. Pacific Forces during World War II. A hotel owned by his grandpa has been turned into the National Museum of the Pacific War. The Japanese government gave a Zen Garden to the museum in honor of the Nimitz family.

The Pioneer Museum Complex was created in 1956 by the Gillespie County Historical Society.

One of the more unique things in Fredericksburg is the Sunday Houses. Early settlers with farms and ranches a distance away from Fredericksburg would build little houses in town so they'd have a place to stay when the traveled into Fredericksburg for Saturday marketing, followed by church on Sunday. Many of the Sunday Houses remain standing today, some with historical markers, some used as Bed & Breakfasts.

At the Fredericksburg Herb Farm you'll find flowering, culinary and ornamental herbs in hundreds of varieties.

Fredericksburg's Wildseed Farms

About 7 miles east of Fredericksburg, on U.S. 290, you'll find America's largest wildflower farm. Wildseed Farms is spectacular to visit when the wildflowers are blooming. In the Brewbonnet Biergarten you'll find snacks, like sandwiches, ice cream and beer.

There are several other attractions in the Fredericksburg area that make this such a popular Texas weekend getaway.

Luckenbach, Texas is nearby. Lyndon B. Johnson National Historic Park and Lyndon B. Johnson State Park and Historic Site a short distance from Fredericksburg, near Stonewall.
The LBJ National Historic Park is where the LBJ Ranch is, along the Pedernales River. The Historic Site is where LBJ grew up. There is a interpretive center, historic buildings and a walking tour. Both LBJ parks are well worth a visit.
Eighteen miles north of Fredericksburg, on Ranch Road 965 is Enchanted Rock State Natural Area. You can climb all over the 1,825 feet tall Enchanted Rock.This is an extremely popular park. The number of daily visitors is controlled by the park service. When the park reaches capacity it is temporarily closed.

FREDERICKSBURG FESTIVALS & EVENTS

Fredericksburg Trade Days take place the 3rd weekend every month, with over 300 vendors selling a wide variety of goods, along with entertainment, food and drink. Trade Days takes place along side U.S. Highway 290 East, across from Wildseed Farms.

The Food and Wine Fest is an annual smorgasbord held in downtown Fredericksburg on the central plaza, Marktplatz.

The Night In Old Fredericksburg festival celebrates German heritage with dancing, music, German food, beer and arts & crafts.

Tourists also arrive in Fredericksburg for Oktoberfest, Weihnachten and Kinderfest.

SHOPPING IN FREDERICKSBURG

The big attraction in Fredericksburg is shopping. As you walk the town's main street you'll find the sidewalks lined with chalkboard signs enticing you with bargains. Among the many places to shop are Homestead and Friends, specializing in antiques. Texas Jack's which bills itself as a Wild West outfitter and the Greatest Show on Earth. At Phil Jackson's Granite & Iron Store you will find custom granite work. You can probably guess what you will find at Fredericksburg Fudge.

FREDERICKSBURG BREWPUBS & WINERIES

In Fredericksburg you will find the award winning Fredericksburg Brewing Company brewpub.

Its many wineries make Fredericksburg the wine center of central Texas. Among the wineries are Bell Mountain, Chishom Trail Winery, Fredericksburg Winery, Grape Creek Vineyard, Becker Vineyards, Fischer & Wieser's Das Peach Haus and Torre Di Pietra Winery.

WHERE TO STAY IN FREDERICKSBURG

Fredericksburg has so many Bed & Breakfasts, over 300 of them, that there are B & B locator services to help you find a place to stay, such as First Class Bed & Breakfast Reservation Service or Fredericksburg Texas Lodging Options or Fredericksburg Traditional Bed & Breakfast Inns.

You are not required to stay in a B & B in Fredericksburg. You could stay in La Quinta Inn & Suites or Best Western Fredericksburg or Fredericksburg Inn & Suites or Days Inn Fredericksburg.

WHERE TO EAT IN FREDERICKSBURG

Of course you are going to find authentic German food in Fredericksburg. If you are looking for a more formal German dining experience, head to Der Lindenbaum. At the Fredericksburg Brewing Company you can enjoy the Biergarten out back where you can have German fare, like jager schnitzel, with your beer. You will also find schnitzel and beer at the Altdorf Biergarten. If you are looking for something non-alcoholic and sweet go to Rather Sweet Bakery and Cafe where you will find sandwiches and salad in addition to pastries. More pastries can be found at the Fredericksburg Bakery, known for its cookies and bread.

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