Fredericksburg, Texas Travel Guide
Nestled in the Texas Hill Country, the city of Fredericksburg, with its strong German heritage dating back to 1846, is a popular destination for tourists, wine connoisseurs, and nature lovers.
We have visited Fredericksburg on numerous trips over the last 20 years and always enjoy our time there.
The city is about 78 miles due west of Austin on U.S. 290, and about 70 miles northeast of San Antonio.
Fredericksburg offers a variety of attractions and events, both inside the city and in the outlying hills in all directions. Downtown you will find many art galleries, antique shops, restaurants and historical sights. The fields in the area turn purple when the spring bluebonnets are in bloom, and the Willow City Loop is a popular, nearby road trip. Many wineries are located close to town, and offer wine tasting and tours. And don't miss Wildseed Farms and its acres of blooming flowers.
Downtown Fredericksburg, Texas (Photo by Pierce Ingram - Travel Texas)
Start your tour at the Fredericksburg Visitor Information Center. Here you will find free, off the street parking, a welcome video, travel literature, large public restrooms, free public Internet access, and local travel specialists who can help you plan your visit to Fredericksburg and the Hill Country.
From the Visitor Center, take a walking tour of the Historic District, featuring 30 of the over 700 historically significant structures in Fredericksburg. Park behind the Visitor Information Center.
Springtime on the Willow City Loop near Fredericksburg ... Bluebonnets and Boots!
Highlights of things to see and do in and around Fredericksburg include:
- National Museum of the Pacific War
- Admiral Nimitz State Historic Site
- Bluebonnets and wildflowers in the spring, and the Willow City Loop
- Stores, art galleries and antique shops along Main Street
- Wildseed Farms
- Wine tasting and winery tours
- Enchanted Rock State Natural Area
- Pioneer Museum
- Old Tunnel State Park
- Lady Bird Johnson Municipal Park
- St. Mary's Catholic Church
- Holy Ghost Lutheran Church
- Texas Rangers Heritage Center
Spend a day, or more, and enjoy and explore Fredericksburg !
|Willkommen to Fredericksburg in Texas and her sister city in Germany|
Things to Do in Downtown Fredericksburg
|The Admiral Nimitz Museum, housed in a Fredericksburg landmark since the late 1800's, the old Nimitz Steamboat Hotel. Today the building is part of the National Museum of the Pacific War|
|Since 1967, the National Museum of the Pacific War has grown and today occupies a six-acre campus in Fredericksburg, and gained a reputation as one of the premier military museums in the nation. It is the only institution in the U.S dedicated exclusively to telling the story of the Pacific and Asiatic Theaters in World War II.
For more information visit Website of the National Museum of the Pacific War
|Touring the grounds of the National Museum of the Pacific War in Fredericksburg|
|Pioneer Museum at 325 West Main Street in Fredericksburg
For more information visit the Website of the Pioneer Museum
|Antique shopping in Fredericksburg!|
|Entrance to the Evangelical Protestant Holy Ghost Church, at 115 East San Antonio Street in Fredericksburg
For more information visit the Website of Holy Ghost Church
|Gillespie County Courthouse, 101 West Main Street, seen on a walking tour in Fredericksburg
Website of Gillespie County Texas
Things to Do Around the Fredericksburg Area
|The Fredericksburg Nature Center in the Lady Bird Johnson Municipal Park, which spans 150 acres of rolling hills and Live Oak Creek. Located 3 miles south of downtown off of Hwy. 16 S
More Information about the Park
|Wildseed Farms is located about 8 miles east of Fredericksburg on U.S. Highway 290
Free parking and admission, lots of plants and pots, plus food courts and shopping
For more information visit the Website of Wildseed Farms
|Acres of blooming flowers at Wildseed Farms in Fredericksburg|
|Enchanted Rock is a geographical landmark 17 miles north of Fredericksburg in Llano County. The rock is a huge, pink granite exfoliation dome that rises 425 feet above the surrounding land, and has a summit elevation of 1,825 feet above sea level. It is popular with nature enthusiasts and hikers taking the Summit Trail or the Loop Trail.
For more information visit the Texas Parks and Wildlife website
|A profusion of Bluebonnets along the 13-mile long Willow City Loop in the spring. We love to drive this narrow country road, and typically drive it in both directions to get different views of the geology, vistas, streams and fields. The property along the road is private, so be sure to obey all "no trespassing" signs and avoid parking along side the road. The Loop is located off Texas Highway 16, about 15 miles northeast of downtown Fredericksburg.|
|Bluebonnets and Barbed Wire ... and Paintbrushes ... springtime in the Texas Hill Country|
|A great idea for a side trip, we like to visit James Avery Artisan Jewelry Visitor Center & Store, near Kerrville, only about 26 miles south of Fredericksburg. There you can learn about the history of James Avery, the man and the company, watch the artisans creating jewelry, shop the store and explore the lovely grounds.
For more information visit the Website of James Avery
Fredericksburg Hotels and Lodging Options
Our most recent stay in Fredericksburg was at "Blue Magnolia", a lovingly restored post-WWII home. It is located on a quiet residential street just a few blocks from the traffic, congestion and noise of Main Street.
It features a nice blending of its post-WWII architectural heritage and modern day decor.
The owners live nearby and were always in contact when we had a question or needed a recommendation about Fredericksburg. The house is fully equipped - its bedrooms, baths, kitchen and outdoor areas had all the amenities we could possibly need.
It is located in a quiet residential area which we loved, and appreciated. It was safe, always a criteria we look for when we travel these days. The property managers also operate another fine rental property nearby, "Century House". Both properties are available for rental on VRBO and Airbnb.
Highly recommended ... we are looking forward to a return visit!
For more information and photos, visit the Website of Ollivander & Bee ... Chic Retreats Nestled in the Historic District
|Hoffman Haus, a favorite B&B in Fredericksburg ... we have enjoyed our stays here over the years, in various accommodations, including the Weber House, and the Morning Star in half of an 1840s log cabin.
For more information visit the Website of Hoffman Haus
|Looking for a hotel away from the traffic and crowds of downtown Fredericksburg? You might try the Hangar Hotel at Gillespie County Airport, located on State Highway 16 South, about 2 miles from downtown Fredericksburg
For more information visit the Website of the Hangar Hotel
Fredericksburg Restaurants and Dining Options
|The Alamo Springs General Store & Cafe, 107 Alamo Rd, Fredericksburg, TX 78624 ... legendary hamburgers!! It is located about 14 miles outside Fredericksburg, and worth the drive! It also features an outdoor patio with live music.|
|Dining and local wine go nicely together in Fredericksburg! Seen here is wine from Grape Creek Vineyards|