Texas Hill Country Trail Region

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

Castroville: Steinbach Haus Visitors Center

"The Little Alsace of Texas".

One of Castroville's gems is the Das Haus Aus Elsass (the House from Alsace). The Steinbach Haus was originally built by the Steinbach family between 1618 and 1648 in Wahlbach, County of Sundgau, Alsace, France. The Steinbach Haus was shipped to Castroville in 1998 as a gift from the citizens of Alsace, France to "shelter the tourist's information center" and "perhaps a historical research center on the immigration and the tourist promotion of Alsace". Reassembled and restored, it sits at the gateway to Castroville's historic district.

Watch our German Texan Building Techniques 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:


  • 100 Karm Street
  • Castroville, Texas
  • 78009


Hours & Fees

  • Monday, - Friday, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. Saturday 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Sunday 11 a.m. - 3 p.m.
  • Free

Map & Directions

From San Antonio take U.S. Highway 90 West towards Del Rio. The Steinbach Haus Visitors Center is at the entrance to Castroville, which is approximately thirteen miles west of San Antonio. The Steinbach Haus sits on the left corner at the red light of Hwy. 90 and FM 471.

Castroville is a historic community that continues to preserve and showcase the unique Alsatian architecture of the many historic homes and sites throughout the city. The Steinbach Haus Visitors Center is a museum/visitors center that carries all the current brochures on the historic buildings, and flyers on the events happening in Castroville.