In the heart of Texas’ Hill Country, wineries and historic museums are scattered around a city steeped in German history.
Fredericksburg is a Texan city rooted firmly in German traditions. The city’s most significant site is the National Museum of the Pacific War, which pays tribute to a local World War II hero. Fredericksburg is in the heart of Hill Country, a vast expanse of knolls and small mountains in the scenic countryside, dotted with vineyards and fruit orchards.
The nickname, Fritztown, is sometimes used in reference to the city’s origins, after German settlers founded it in 1846.
Visit the National Museum of the Pacific War in the historic district to learn about Fleet Admiral Chester W. Nimitz. This local man had an exceptional naval career. The museum is housed in a steamboat-shaped building that was once his grandfather’s hotel. Explore the museum’s 6 acres (2.4 hectares) of exhibitions concerning World War II.
Get a sense of the city’s German past at the Pioneer Museum. Learn about the formation of Fredericksburg by European immigrants in the mid-19th century. See the adjacent Vereins Kirche Museum, housed in a replica of a church used by the first German settlers. The European-style thatched roof stands as a symbol of the city’s heritage. The museum sits in the Marktplatz (Market Place), which has a playground for young kids. Look for events and festivals in the spacious square.
Discover Hill Country’s famed peach orchards and wineries dotted around the city. Test the season’s vintages with tasting sessions at Grape Creek Vineyards just east of the city. Stroll through their picturesque grounds and take a tour of the cellar. Then head to Marburger Orchard, just south of Fredericksburg. Pick peaches, blackberries or strawberries to enjoy the freshness of local fruit.
The city of Fredericksburg lies about 80 miles (128.7 kilometers) west of Austin and the same distance north of San Antonio. The nearest international transportation hub is San Antonio International Airport.
With Fredericksburg’s German influence, peach orchards and vineyards, you will enjoy experiences unexpected for Texas.