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Seven Great Ways to Spend a Weekend in Fredericksburg, Texas

Things to do in Fredericksburg TX

In the heart of the Texas Hill Country, the town of Fredericksburg is a stone’s throw away from Austin and San Antonio. Despite its proximity to the big cities, it is popular because it maintains a small town feel while having lots of things to see and do. With its unique German heritage, thriving wineries, and shopping, it’s the perfect weekend getaway from just about anywhere. Here’s a look at some of the fun things to do in Fredericksburg, Texas, for a weekend (or longer!).

Visiting a winery like Pedernales Cellars is one of the great things to do in Fredericksburg Texas

Pedernales Cellars is one of the great wineries along Wine Road 290

Visit the Award-Winning Wineries
Over the last decade, Texas Hill Country wineries have evolved significantly, gaining national attention in the media and winning more awards than ever. The live music, food, and generally fun atmosphere don’t hurt either. A 30-mile stretch of road from Fredericksburg to Johnson City, Texas (known as Wine Road 290), is home to more than 15 wineries and tastings rooms. Many of the wineries focus on grapes that grow well in the Mediterranean, so look for Tempranillo and Viognier, in particular. A trip here is a great way to spend a weekend –with a designated driver, of course, or one of the areas many chauffeured tours.

Schnitzel at Otto's German Bistro in Fredericksburg, Texas

A contemporary spin on Schnitzel at Otto’s German Bistro

Try a New Spin on German Food
Fredericksburg is full of restaurants and brew pubs serving food not typically found on this side of the Atlantic, and especially not in Texas. Influenced by the town’s heritage, German food options abound. Cuisine ranges from traditional sausage, pretzels, and apple strudel to more Texan interpretations like schnitzel with Monterey jack cheese and guacamole. Whatever your preference, there are plenty of options for food and even more for beer. Oh, my goodness, the beer.

Breakfast at a B&B in Fredericksburg, Texas

Breakfast at Cotton Gin Village, one of the great B&Bs

Indulge at a Bed and Breakfast
The Fredericksburg area is home to hundreds of B&Bs and guest houses. By staying in a bed and breakfast you can enjoy delicious breakfasts, personalized service, and a welcoming atmosphere a bit different from a hotel. Options in this B&B mecca range from upscale elegance to down home country comfort in line with what you’d expect in the heart of Texas. You can stay on the grounds of some of the wineries or even in a remodeled 19th century cabin. The options here are nearly endless.

Visiting LBJ State Park is one of the educational  things to do in Fredericksburg Texas

Air Force One-Half, LBJ’s plane

Take a Peek into the Life of LBJ
Two sites in Stonewall and Johnson City, Texas, allow visitors to take a step back into presidential history with a look at the life of Lyndon B. Johnson, the 36th president of the United States. Stonewall – just 14 miles from Fredericksburg – is home to the LBJ Ranch, which includes important places from LBJ’s life. You can visit the one-room schoolhouse where he learned to read, see his grandparents’ house, and view the Johnson family cemetery. A tour through the Texas White House where Johnson spent about one-quarter of his presidency transports you back to the 1960s with a fascinating look at the man behind the office. Johnson City is the location of LBJ’s boyhood home and other landmarks significant in his early life.

Shopping along Main Street is one of the great  things to do in Fredericksburg Texas

So many things to buy!

Stroll (and Shop!) Along Main Street
Shopping is undoubtedly one of the most popular things to do in Fredericksburg, Texas. The historic buildings along Main Street are home to over 100 shops selling pretty much anything you could be in the market for. From antiques and art to clothes, musical instruments, and home décor, the shops of Fredericksburg pretty much have you covered. The only chain along this lovely street is the jewelry store James Avery, which is allowed a spot because it got its start in the Hill Country a few towns away. When you’ve had your fill of shopping, there are plenty of restaurants and wine tasting rooms where you can indulge while giving your feet a break.

A visit to Luckenbach is a must-do on any visit to Fredericksburg, Texas

Hanging out in Luckenbach

Fall in Love with Luckenbach
Luckenbach, Texas, 14 miles from Fredericksburg, is essentially a wide place in the road. This two-building town – it only has a dance hall and the combination bar and general store – draws people from across the country and around the world to drink beer underneath the oak trees and listen to country music in the memorabilia-studded bar. There are daily informal performances at Luckenbach as well as concerts from country greats and festivals on the weekends. Here, there is a feeling that everyone is a regular – maybe even friends and family.

Visiting the Vereins Kirche is one of the the historical  things to do in Fredericksburg Texas

The Vereins Kirche houses exhibits about the lives of Fredericksburg’s settlers

Take a Historical Walking Tour
Founded by German immigrants in 1846, Fredericksburg (named after Prince Friedrich of Prussia) has a rich and distinctive history. A walking tour of the historic district features buildings constructed by the original settlers, some of which include exhibits showing what life was like in Texas in the mid-19th century. Visitors can learn about everything from the original settlers’ historic treaty with the Comanche Indians to religion and community on the frontier. For a less historical and possibly more festive look at the German influence in Fredericksburg, visit when the yearly Oktoberfest or German Christmas events are being held. On the edge of the historic district, the National Museum of the Pacific War offers a look at slightly more recent history, with a focus on the events of World War II in the Pacific. There is so much to see that tickets are good for two days.

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There are so many things to do in Fredericksburg, Texas. From wine tasting to learning about the town's history, a visit here makes for a great weekend| Seven Great Ways to Spend a Weekend in Fredericksburg, Texas






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  1. BJ Kirby June 17, 2015 at 10:29 pm #

    Sunday Houses and Fisher & Weiser’s das Peach Haus…yumm.

    • Laura Longwell June 18, 2015 at 10:38 am #

      Yum! My next visit needs to be in the summer so I can try the peaches!

  2. Lori Isaacks June 18, 2015 at 2:12 pm #

    My favorite thing to do in FB is stroll Main Street during the holidays! I love popping in and out of the different shops and wineries! I love the nostalgia of the place, the people (shop owners) are always very friendly as well as waiters/waitresses at the different restaurants and pubs along Main. I would love to live here one day—probably won’t happen so I will continue to make my visits 2-3x a year! I have a TRUE LOVE FOR Fredericksburg

  3. Francesca (@WorkMomTravels) June 25, 2015 at 8:15 am #

    OMG I want that schnitzel now! The more I read about this part of Texas, the more I’m realizing that I really need to take a trip there.
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    • Laura Longwell June 25, 2015 at 12:00 pm #

      It was awesome – a perfect egg and bite of salt from the capers! And the Hill Country is absolutely lovely, too 🙂

  4. Pit June 25, 2015 at 11:33 am #

    Great article about “Fritztown”.

  5. Elaine Schoch | Carpe Travel July 20, 2015 at 6:22 pm #

    Visiting the Texas Hill Country wineries is a must! There is a great bus that leaves from the Fredricksburg Visitor Center that will take you to 12 wineries along Wine Road 290 for only $20. It’s an excellent way to get a taste of the area.
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    • Laura Longwell July 20, 2015 at 9:04 pm #

      That’s awesome. I drove, but that certainly limits how many you can visit in a day 🙂

  6. Katie February 24, 2016 at 11:41 am #

    I have been to Fredricksburg SO many times in my life and my favorite places to go are: Java Ranch on Main Street – they have great coffee and their croissant breakfast sandwiches are really good, Fredricksburg Herb Farm – great place to buy candles, lotion and soap (my favorite scent there is the A+ Cross), Fredricksburg Brewing Company is one of my favorite restaurants on Main Street – the food is so good and they also have great beer, Silver Creek is an awesome outdoor restaurant during the day and at night – they have live music out there and it’s always a good time. Something you should definitely do if you are going to Fredricksburg is rent a cute little house out there – much better than staying in a hotel. (We stay in a house every time we go there and it makes all the difference.) The LBJ Ranch is also somewhere you should consider going – it’s a great part of history and it’s really really pretty out there. I went this past Christmas for the Christmas tree lighting they have there every year and it was really fun and unlike anything I had really experienced before. It was like living in a really small town and the whole community gathering there together to kick off Christmas! The last thing I would HIGHLY reccomend doing is hiking Enchanted Rock – it is so beautiful and a really fun way to do some outdoor activity.

    • Lisa March 20, 2016 at 1:49 am #

      It is spelled Fredericksburg (not Fredricksburg….you left out the second “e”.)

    • Tara June 24, 2016 at 12:41 pm #

      Where should we stay that’s inexpensive? You mentioned some cute little houses. Or even a small cabin or something.

  7. Pit February 24, 2016 at 1:40 pm #

    And we enjoy living here! 🙂

  8. Pit February 24, 2016 at 1:43 pm #

    Katie,
    I agree with all of your choices, except for the Fredericksburg Brewing Company for food. Every time we’ve been there, one of us [one, not all] has been disappointed with their dish. Maybe I need to try again. It’s easy since we now are locals.

  9. Lisa March 20, 2016 at 1:57 am #

    Can’t believe you didn’t mention the National Museum of the Pacific War (and its George HW Bush Gallery) as a destination here. Truly a world-class museum telling new generations about the history that preserved our freedoms. In the summer, the museum’s volunteers even have living history reenactments portraying allied forces attacking a Japanese pillbox during WWII complete with a tank, lots of weapons and a working flamethrower. Lots of pyrotechnics and action to bring the story alive for everyone. So important and so well done, no one should miss it.

    • Laura Longwell March 20, 2016 at 12:48 pm #

      The National Museum of the Pacific War is clearly included in the post, and there’s a link to it.

  10. Pit March 20, 2016 at 1:03 pm #

    Otto’s Bistro is not too much of a German cuisine, it’s rather French-like. Too much like that, in fact, for me. And for the other German restaurants here: don’t expect to get too much authentic German food there, especially not at The Lindenbaum. Being German and only having come over to Texas 7 years ago, I know the difference. What I also can’t understand is why the Old German Bakery, run by a native from Berlin, if I know correctly, doesn’t bake better bread [German style, not the mushy American], and not even any German “Broetchen” [breadrolls]. But other than that, the food there is good. I do like their pastry!
    All that may sound somewhat negative, but I still enjoy living here in “Fritztown”, especially because all of the cultural venues and events they offer, and can highly recommend it as a vacation destination.

  11. Pit June 24, 2016 at 6:21 pm #

    My favourite, though not quite inexpensive, would be Brigid’s Cottage [http://www.brigidscottage.com/].

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