Van Der Stucken Music Festival – March 30

Frank Valentine Van der Stucken was born in Fredericksburg, Texas, to Frank and Sophie Van der Stucken, née Schönewolf. He received his musical education at the conservatory of music conducted by Peter Benoit in Antwerp, Belgium. He was kapellmeister of the city theatre of Breslau, later giving concerts of his own compositions, in Weimar and elsewhere in Germany, under the patronage of Liszt.

He returned to the United States in 1884, and became the leader of the Arion society of New York, conducting novelty concerts in Steinway hall and symphonic concerts in Chickering hall. Van der Stucken gave a series of American concerts at the Paris exposition of 1889, made a concert tour in Europe with the Arion Society in 1892, and after 1895 conducted the symphony concerts in Cincinnati, in which city he was the dean of the college of music.

He died in Hamburg, Germany at age 70.

The 2012 Van der Stucken Music Festival is free and honors Fredericksburg born Frank Valentin van der Stucken, 1858-1929, the founder of the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra and the Cincinnati College of Music. The festival will be held at the St. Joseph’s Halle at 212 W. San Antonio Street at 7:30 pm.



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Mailing address

Email address

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The Way We Use Information:

We use the information you provide about yourself when request a quote only to help you find an appropriate vacation rental. We do not share this information with outside parties except as authorized by you, or in the good faith belief that such action is necessary to comply with the law..

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We do not allow people under the age of eighteen to make reservations.

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Terms of Service

You agree that you are of legal age to enter into this agreement, and that the information you submit is true or accurate. You agree to pay for all goods and services that you, or those using your account, ordered through the site, including taxes. All legal disputes will be resolved in Gillespie County.

Upon making a reservation, Gastehaus Schmidt will send a confirmation (via snail mail, fax, or email). Please check over the information. Ultimately, it is a guests responsibility to double check dates and location of reservation. Any questions should be directed to the Gastehaus Schmidt office at 830-997-5612. Please bring the confirmation and map with you when you come to town. It has the address to your guesthouse in it. Failure to bring your map is not a valid reason for cancellation.

  • Reservations made online are subject to homeowner restrictions. If there is a problem, Gästehaus Schmidt will contact you as soon as possible.
  • Upon making a reservation, you agree to the cancellation policy provided on this site.
  • Check in is anytime after 3 pm. Gästehaus Schmidt will not release keys before check-in.
  • Check-out time is 11 am. For late check-outs, a late charge equal to one-half night’s stay will be applied to your credit card.
  • Registered guests are responsible for any damage done to a home and or extra cleaning fees. Should additional (above and beyond the norm) cleaning be required, your credit card will be charged $25/hour fee. Some homes charge by the bedroom. If you use more bedrooms than initially reserved we will charge the extra charges to your credit card.
  • Homeowners have the right to police the number of people you have in your party. If a homeowner reports extra guests to the Gastehaus Schmidt office, your credit card will be charged appropriately.
  • If you or your guests smoke in a non-smoking home, your credit card may be charged a $300 fee.
  • There is a $5.00 fee per set of keys for failure to return them to our office.
  • Reservations are held, per your request, by credit card or check. Gastehaus Schmidt will authorize the balance due on your credit card within 7-10 days to arrival. If a credit card does not hold an authorization (declines or shows as lost), your reservation is subject to cancellation, and forfeiture of your deposit, if any.
  • Changes can occur at any time, including PRICE and POLICY changes. Home owners often make other changes such as discontinuing a breakfast or changing a bed size. Gastehaus Schmidt is not responsible for any changes a homeowner might make in the property that they own. Gastehaus Schmidt makes every effort to let you know about these changes.
  • Gastehaus Schmidt reserves the right to move guests if unforeseen circumstances present themselves.
  • All of the homes represented by Gastehaus Schmidt are privately owned and operated. Gastehaus Schmidt is a reservation service and is not liable for the maintenance and care of the homes themselves. The hosts or manager of each property is responsible for their guests satisfaction.
  • Gastehaus Schmidt reserves the right to refuse service to anyone.

Cancellation Policy


You agree that Gästehaus Schmidt will charge $30 for any cancellation more than 10 days from your arrival date. Within 10 days, you agree that you are responsible for the complete reservation. If Gästehaus Schmidt rebooks the reservation, there will only be a $30 cancellation fee. Weather conditions are not a valid reason for cancellation, however, if roads are impassable according to the Texas Department of Transportation, a different cancellation policy may be instituted. The homeowner retains the right to police the number of guests in their Bed and Breakfast and have Gästehaus Schmidt charge accordingly. You agree that you will not hold a party or a wedding without written permission from the homeowner.

Changes on Reservations

If the number of guests decreases within 10 days to arrival, you agree to be responsible for them.


Group cancellations must follow slightly different set of rules. Groups constitute a reservation made by one individual or a business or group of other name that rents five or more units (suites, cottages, cabins, etc) for a specific date. One night’s deposit must be made the same day a group reservation is taken. The balance of the lodging charges must be paid at least 21 days prior to arrival. Gästehaus Schmidt will charge $30 per unit for any cancellation more than 21 days from your arrival date. Cancellations made within 21 days to arrival lose any deposit and must be paid in full. Group reservations must receive written permission from Gastehaus Schmidt and it’s homeowners if your group plans to gather at one location. Guests may be asked to leave if they do not have written permission for any such gatherings and/or be billed at an additional $250.00 per every hour the party or gathering occurred.

Exceptions to Cancellation Policy

If the Texas Department of Transportation declares roads impassable and no alternate route is available, an alternative cancellation policy may be considered.


Gastehaus Schmidt makes every effort to provide correct and up-to-date information, however the material on the website may contain inaccuracies and typographical errors. Changes are made to the site periodically and may be made at any time, including price changes. Information on the site does not constitute an offer, or a contract. Gästehaus Schmidt is not liable for damage to equipment, loss of data, inability to use data, delays, interruptions, or computer viruses.

  • Gastehaus Schmidt is not responsible for information provided by other websites.
  • There are 400 guest houses and Bed and Breakfasts in Fredericksburg. Names can be very similar, sometimes intentionally so. Gästehaus Schmidt is not responsible if you attempt to book one of our properties but end up at another reservation service.

Office Hours – Fredericksburg

Our Fredericksburg office is located at 231 West Main, Fredericksburg, Texas 78624.

Monday – Friday 9 am to 6 pm
Saturday – 10 am to 5 pm
Sunday  – 10 am to 4 pm

We can be contacted by phone at 830-997-5612, fax at 830-997-8282 or e-mail

Gastehaus Schmidt has been privately owned and in operation since 1985. All of the homes in our service are privately owned and operated. We service the Texas Hill Country, more specifically Fredericksburg, Comfort, Kerrville, Ingram and Hunt.


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Lost and Found

Gastehaus Schmidt and it’s property owners are not responsible for any lost or stolen items. Found items are usually held in our office for six weeks (pillows are only held for two weeks). If you do not contact our office and make arrangements for pick up or mailing, these items will be donated to a local charity.

  • Gastehaus-Schmidt has implemented and uses Display Advertising and Remarketing through the Google AdWords network to advertise online.
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Group Lodging & Events in Fredericksburg

Small groups have become a large part of our business! There are so many different reasons for our guests to get-together and plan a group event in or around Fredericksburg:

  • Weddings
  • Corporate Retreats
  • Small Business Meetings
  • Family reunions
  • Anniversaries
  • Birthdays
  • Local Festivals
  • College roommates
  • Friends getting together to visit
  • Bridge clubs
  • Quilting
  • Needle working
  • Church retreats.
  • Marriage or group counseling

…the list goes on an on!! Our larger homes sleep anywhere from 8 persons – 26 persons. Call for detail

Group Planning

We offer many wonderful locations and lodging options for small gatherings, family reunions, corporate retreats, and other group events that may find Fredericksburg close or appealing with all of its attractions and extracurricular activities.

Shops and restaurants are walking distance to most accommodations.and there are several rural locations for secluded retreats.

Please checkout our available group lodging properties, or contact us for help with your group event planning.

LODGING RENTALS for 8-12 Persons

LODGING RENTALS for 12+ Persons

If you need a photographer for your gather, call Reflections Photography, 830-889-6408.

*For Group Lodging PLEASE NOTE:

  • There may be other guests in suites that your group does not rent.
  • Gathering facilities are available only to guests that rent the property (i.e. guests staying at other accommodations must have prearranged approval).
  • Extra guests may be subject to extra fees.
  • Group cancellation policies may apply.
  • $25 per hour clean up fee may be applied to excess clean up and or repairs.
  • Parties, social events and business meetings must have prior, written permission of the homeowner on file in our office.
  • Effective January 1, 2013, we will, reluctantly, no longer be able to change the number of people over the course of your stay. You will be charged the maximum number of guests for each night of your stay.

If you make a group reservation under your name, we will only release information about your reservation to you.  Please make sure everyone in your party has a copy of the map we will send you. Gastehaus Schmidt will not be responsible in you or any of your party does not receive directions to their accommodation.

Owners Services

Owners Services | Fredericksburg Rental Homes

Walk in Guests

When you have your house clean and ready for walk in guests (those who do not have advance reservations, they “walk-in” to our office looking for a place to stay), please call our office to let us know. One of our reservationists will mark your house clean in our RDP computer system and also mark your house’s photos on our board. This is very important, because we direct walk in guests to look at our picture boards to decide where they’d like to stay. Each day we tag our picture boards to make it easy to identify those home which are clean.

Walk-in’s are a good percentage of our total reservations. If your ready for them, let us know! You are also welcome to e-mail us

As a note: if you have guests checking out (or if you have marked our house off for any reason)*, your house is automatically marked dirty in our computer, it will not be marked clean until you call us.

  • if you mark your house off for any reason, even spring cleaning, the computer will automatically mark your house dirty.

Planning to be Out of Town?

We all need a break and traveling is a wonderful opportunity to see where Fredericksburg stacks up for travel destinations.

  • Please let our office know of your plans.
  • Either mark off your house or find a reliable person to fill in for you and let us know who they are and how to reach them.
  • Ask yourself “is this person able to handle emergency situations or problems?”
  • Make sure your fill-in knows who to contact for air-conditioning/heating, plumbing, or electrical problems, and even pest control if you are planning an extended vacation.

Prevent Complaints

Complaints are a part of the business. You can be proactive and head off potential complaints!

  • Clean! Clean! Clean!We can’t stress it enough…. at the very minimum, a guest should have a clean place to stay.
  • Bug Patrol!Ants, spiders, and roaches are NOT a part of country charm! Schedule regular pest control.
  • Comfortable beds!Mattresses should be comfortable, no exceptions!
  • Treat your guest as you would want to be treatedKindness goes a long way, especially if your are solving a problem. Be friendly and helpful when guests ask questions, they are looking for the “local scoop.”

Owner Login

Happy New Year!

We wish you and your family a prosperous and Happy New Year.

Our office is closed today so we may celebrate the New Year with out families. We will reopen tomorrow at 9 am.

If you are arriving today, the keys will be delivered to the appropriate location by 3 pm. Please consult the map with the key arrangements we sent you.

5th Annual Fredericksburg PBR

40 of the PBR’s (Professional Bull Riding) best riders and some of the crankiest bulls around make this a must see event at the Gillespie County Fairgrounds. Enjoy the professional bull riders along with the future one who take part in the “Best of the Best Mutton Bustin’ Challenge” for kids. There is also a scheduled appearance by world-famous clown and bullfighter Leon Coffee along with a military tribute. Free parking and beer and food concessions on the grounds.

Gates open at 5:30 pm; start time 7:30 pm. $20 general admission at the gate. Box seats $40. Advance tickets and children’s tickets are also available and can be purchased online.

Address: 530 Fair Drive off Hwy 16 South
Phone: (830) 997-2359


Texas Hill County Museums and Historic Landmarks

Admiral Nimitz State Historic Site

National Museum of the Pacific War at 311 E. Austin Street: The only institution in the continental United States dedicated exclusively to telling the story of Fleet Admiral Chester W. Nimitz and World War II in the Pacific Theater. Located on a nine-acre site, the complex includes The National Museum of the Pacific War – George Bush Gallery, the Nimitz Hotel Museum, the Japanese Garden of Peace, the Pacific Combat Zone, the Plaza of the Presidents, the Surface Warfare Plaza, the Memorial Wall, the Veterans Walk of Honor and the Center for Pacific War Studies. In addition to nearly 45,000 square feet of indoor exhibit space, the museum boasts an impressive display of Allied and Japanese aircraft, tanks, guns, and other large artifacts made famous during the Pacific War campaigns.

The Pioneer Museum Complex

The heritage of the hearty Texas pioneers comes alive at The Pioneer Museum Complex at 309 West Main Street. On three acres, right in the heart of town, you’ll be able to time travel to the past and see how the German settlers really lived as you visit almost a dozen historic buildings. From a blacksmith shop, typical homes, and a one-room school house to the Volunteer Fire Department Museum, and general store. Each May the Pioneer Museum celebrates Founder’s Day with hands on events, music and good German food.

Vereins Kirche Museum

Just a block off Main Street in the center of Marktplatz town square visitors learn even more about the town’s German heritage. The original octagonal structure, the first building constructed in town in 1847, played a major part in the history of the town because it served as a church for several denominations, as well as a school, meeting place and fortification for more than half a century.

Fort Martin Scott

East of Fredericksburg showcases many historical events during the year, but the favorite is the Pow Wow which has a virtual kaleidoscope of brilliant colors and native regalia. The fort was an active U.S. Army outpost from 1848 to 1853. Soldiers were trained, and it supported troops on scouting and patrol missions in the area. Check here for things to do in Fredericksburg, Texas in addition to going to the local museums and experiencing our cultural background.