Texas Hill Country Trail Region

Participant in the Texas Historical Commission's
Texas Heritage Trails Program

New Braunfels: Sophienburg Museum & Archives

In 1845, nobleman Prince Carl of Solms-Braunfels established a German colony where the Austin-San Antonio Road forded the Comal River. On a hill overlooking the village, he laid the cornerstone to a fort and colony headquarters called Sophienburg (Sophie’s Castle) after his fi ancée. On that site, the Sophienburg Museum chronicles the challenges and successes of New Braunfels’ pioneers. Historic photos, maps and documents adorn relic-rich exhibits. The museum also houses a repository of documents on German immigration to Texas.

Watch our The First German Texans video to learn more about German Texan cultural heritage in Texas.  This video was produced for inclusion in our German Texans mobile tour found in our Texas Time Travel Tours mobile app. Download the app for more videos and travel information:


  • 401 West Coll Street
  • New Braunfels, Texas
  • 78130


Hours & Fees

  • Tuesday-Saturday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Closed major holidays.

  • Adults: $8, Ages 13-18: $4, Ages 6-12: $2, Active-duty military: Free

    Archives: Adults/Students: $10 Adults/Students, Active-duty military: Free, Admission includes visit to museum.