New Braunfels is a popular German town in the Texas Hill Country for its outdoor recreation, shopping and historic district. However many flock to New Braunfels in the fall for Wurstfest, a German festival that features beer, live music, carnival rides and of course sausage. Don’t miss this German party that has grown to be one of the best German festivals in the state.

Aerial view of Wurstfest
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Aerial view of Wurstfest

The first Wurstfest began in 1961 and drew a crowd of about 2,000. Wurstfest grew from a one-day event to now a 10-day festival. Currently, this festival draws more than 100,000 visitors, simply to celebrate all things German and Bavarian. Many festival-goers even dress up in lederhosen and alpine hats.

Sausage at Wurstfest
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Sausage at Wurstfest

Attendees of Wurstfest can expect a wide variety of sausages and beers. Beers range from local Texas beers to German beers to popular domestic beers. Don’t forget to pair your brew with a German sausage. Wurstfest actually used to be referred to as “the sausage festival” and is still widely known as the “Ten-Day Salute to Sausage.” From a great bratwurst to a sausage sampler on a stick, sausage remains a big part of Wurstfest.

Beer at Wurstfest
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Beer at Wurstfest

After expanding the fairgrounds in 2014, Wurstfest now hosts five stages of live music. Musical acts vary but predominately focus on German bands and yodelers that play polka or waltz music. After a few beers, you’ll be learning how to dance the polka in no time.

Wurstfest
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Wurstfest

Located near the headwaters of the Comal River, Wurstfest is truly the best fall festival in the town of New Braunfels. Enjoy beer, sausage and German music at this unique festival that has is one of the best Oktoberfests in the Lone Star State.

Wurstfest Information:

  • Address: 178 Landa Park Dr, New Braunfels, TX 78130
  • Phone Number: (830) 625-9167
  • Website: https://wurstfest.com/
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