Downtown

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Nestled along the banks of the spring-fed Comal River, Downtown New Braunfels offers some of the finest shopping, dining, entertainment, and history Central Texas. Rich in German heritage, the area features a dense concentration of intact historic architecture from the traditional German craftsmanship of the 1840s, the elaborate decorative styles of the Victorian-era, through the sleek simplicity of the Art Deco and Moderne alongside contemporary development. Step back in time at Naeglin’s Bakery, Texas’ oldest continuously operating bakery or Henne Hardware, Texas’ oldest continually operating hardware store.

You can spend an entire day – and night – in Downtown New Braunfels shopping in the trendiest of boutiques, visiting the weekly farmer’s market, dining in one of many fabulous restaurants and bakeries, unwinding in a pub while listening to great music and staying in a historic hotel or bed and breakfast. This area is home to dozens of exceptional boutique stores, pubs, and restaurants, as well as offices, homes, and residential/work lofts.

Downtown New Braunfels’ rich cultural offerings are beyond exceptional including live-music venues, art galleries, and museums. The Comal River, renowned as a tourist destination for river recreation, winds around the Downtown area and is accessible by foot from Downtown. Museums such as the McKenna Children’s Museum, the New Braunfels Railroad Museum, and the Buckhorn Barber Shop Museum are conveniently located in the district as are cultural outposts such as the New Braunfels Art League, the Historic Outdoor Art Museum, and the Brauntex Performing Arts Theater.

Downtown Parking

There are plenty of places to park in Downtown New Braunfels within a short walk of your destination.

Downtown New Braunfels Parking Map

On-street Parking

On-Street, parallel parking is available throughout most of the streets in Downtown New Braunfels. Please note that portions of Castell Avenue, Seguin Avenue, San Antonio Street, and Main Plaza have a 2-hour time limit Monday-Friday between 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. Look for the green pavement markings on time-limited parking spaces. There are also 18 unrestricted on-street spaces on Hill Avenue between San Antonio Street and Coll Street.

Surface Parking Lots and Spaces

Lot A: Parking Lot A is located at the northeast corner of North Seguin Avenue and East Bridge Street. This lot includes 40 free, unrestricted parking spaces available for public use at all times.

Lot B: Parking Lot B is a partially restricted lot located at the southwest corner of North Seguin Avenue and West Bridge Street. This lot has 23 available parking spaces for public use at all times. Please note that restricted spaces are reserved and are marked as such on the wheel stops.

Lot C: Lot E is located at the southeast corner of West Coll Street and South Castell Avenue. This lot contains 57 parking spaces available for public use 24/7.

Lot D: Lot F is located on South Hill Avenue, adjacent to Fire Station 1. This lot includes 18 parking spaces available to the public 24/7.

Lot E: Lot E is paid parking lot located behind the Brauntex Theatre on W. San Antonio Street. This lot is available from 6:00 a.m until 2:00 a.m. Monday-Sunday. No overnight parking is permitted and rates are displayed at the site. 

Downtown Special Events

Wein and Saengerfest 2017

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Scheduling Downtown Special Events & Street Closures

Hosting events in the Downtown area requires careful consideration of the impacts of the events and requires coordination with the City to mitigate negative impacts on commerce and traffic and to ensure the safety of the attendees.  The City's Street Closure/Special Event Ordinance outlines the requirements for applicants requesting the closure of Downtown rights of way.  To apply for a permit to close a Downtown right-of-way, please click here.