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Things To Do In Fredericksburg, TX and Texas Hill Country

Things To Do In Fredericksburg, TXFredericksburg was settled by families emigrating from Germany in 1846, led by John O. Meusebach. Many of the buildings in town retain traditional German styles with most of Main Street along with the parallel streets comprising the National Register Historic District. You can still hear German spoken and the old customs are still observed. A few of the customs still observed include Easter Fires, Schuetzenfests, Oktoberfest, Weihnachten, and Kinderfest. Why do visitors choose Fredericksburg for their Texas family vacation? We hear lots of reasons, including the beauty of the countryside and European atmosphere, along with hunting, some great Texas hiking, bakeries, wineries and the wonderful museums plus the state and national parks and the ongoing events and festivals. Fredericksburg is the birthplace of Fleet Admiral Chester W. Nimitz, Commander in Chief of the Pacific Fleet during World War II. The Nimitz museum and Museum of the Pacific War are fascinating reminders of the importance of this war and the people who fought in it.

About 40% of all Texas peaches are grown in Fredericksburg and surrounding Gillespie County with more than 60 orchards located in the county. Peach season generally runs from late May through early August.

Fredericksburg, TX BikingBeyond Fredericksburg and the Texas Hill Country which is just a little over an hour drive from Austin and San Antonio lies the towns of Kerrville, Comfort, Hunt and Ingram. They are also well known for their wonderful bed and breakfasts, guesthouses and inns. Visitors also find wonderful shopping in and along our wide Main Street filled with antiques, gifts, fashion, books, food, vineyards, wineries, day spas, golf and even lavender farms! The Fredericksburg area has quickly become known for bicycling and bird watching in the hills. The choices in restaurants is diverse and ample – everything from German, Mexican, seafood and sandwiches.

Fredericksburg has been named in Guideposts Magazine as one of the top 10 small towns in America and named as one of five “art towns” in the Southwest by Southwest Art Magazine. Special attractions in and around Fredericksburg are: The National Museum of the Pacific War, LBJ State and National Historic Parks, the Pioneer Museum, Enchanted Rock State National Historic Park Natural area, the Old Tunnel Wildlife Management area, Marktplatz, Luckenbach, Wildseed Farms, Fredericksburg Herb Farm, Butterfly Ranch, and art galleries.

Texas Hill Coutry Wineries

Gillespie County and the Texas Hill Country are the second largest wine destination in the United States. There are over two dozen wineries and tasting rooms in the Fredericksburg, Texas area. Dozens more are within an hour’s drive of Fredericksburg.

Breweries and Distilleries

Craft Beer in Texas is booming. Nationally, an average of 1.5 new breweries open every day. Fredericksburg is home to two breweries, and a third is on the way. There is another dozen or so breweries within an hour’s drive in Dripping Springs, Johnson City, Blanco, and Marble Falls. Hye, Texas is home ot Garrison Brothers Distillery, and there are a few more in nearby towns.

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LBJ State Historical Park

Fredericksburg has Presidential history as well. President Lyndon Baines Johnson played along the banks of the Pedernales River and, during his presidency; his ranch became the Texas White House. At the Lyndon B. Johnson National Historical Park on Hwy. 290 in Stonewall you can tour the ranch, Texas White House, LBJ birthplace, Johnson family cemetery, old Junction School, LBJ’s grandparents’ house and ranch show barn.

Sauer-Beckmann Living History Farm

Also located on the Lyndon B. Johnson National Historical Park Grounds is the Sauer-Beckmann Living History Farm. Visit a living history farmstead of the pioneers. See how the farm families of a century ago lived. Learn about seasonal activities such as sausage making, sheep shearing, canning, etc.


Funtabulous family-friendly entertainment. A totally new experience for Fredericksburg – professional resident cast presents costumed and choreographed live variety music productions from the golden era of rock n roll. Every weekend in a state-of-the-art, 392-seat indoor theater.

Weekly performances Friday-Sunday. 109 N. Llano, one block of Main Street. Ticket office opens daily at 10am. 1-866-349-6688 or (830) 997-ROCK

Historic Schools of Gillespie County

The Friends of Gillespie County Country Schools are former students and members of the community, interested in preserving the traditions of the rural schools of Gillespie County. These schools were places for learning and centers of communities which no longer exist, but today continue the traditions of schools in rural areas serving as community centers for the surrounding residents. Today, several properties are in need of preservation and the Friends have taken on the responsibility to preserve and ensure that these former schools will be the future parks for the residents of the county. There are a number of fund raisers throughout the year, including the annual Open House in April, when several of the schools are open to the public.

Fredericksburg Theater Company

While the city of Fredericksburg is the star of the Texas Hill Country, it is also home to the many talented stars that make up the Fredericksburg Theater Company. See exciting re-creations of popular Broadway shows, Shakespearean plays and even home grown productions destined to become classics themselves at this greatly acclaimed regional theater. Tickets can be purchased online or from the box office (888)669-7114. The Steve W. Shepherd Theater is located at 1668 Hwy 87 South, 1.5 miles south of Main Street.

Luckenbach, Texas

Luckenbach Texas is a Texas state of mind, where you can kick back, relax and get away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life—like a step back in time. This tiny hill country hamlet where “Everybody’s Somebody” was established as a Trading Post in 1849 making it one of the oldest settlements in Gillespie County. In 1970. Luckenbach was purchased by a collection of only-in-Texas characters—Hondo Crouch and his cohorts, Guich Koock and Kathy Morgan. Today, Luckenbach reflects an eclectic mix of it’s early history, the larger than life persona of Hondo and an unrivaled legacy of great music that makes us feel that everybody is indeed somebody in Luckenbach.

House of the Week; Blue Sky Ranch

I know that most of the time I get phone calls looking for a property located in town, as in close enough to walk. I personally have seen mostly all the in town properties, but have yet to experience all of the great places we have outside of downtown. I decided to finally go and see one of our properties west of town called Blue Sky Ranch. This property is only a short drive about 3 1/2 miles on the highway and then another 3 miles from there. In reality it took me about 10 minutes to get there from the center of town.

Blue Sky Ranch is really a unique property. When I first pulled up to the property I was already aware that the owner is an artist, but I was not aware of all of his work. Entering through the blue gate and then driving along side many iron sculptures you immediately feel like you have driven to a modern art museum.  Aside from all the amazing art work you see three walking trails the owner has created. I almost felt like reliving my old camping days and stop my trip there. I didn’t really care much about getting to the house anymore. I was at ease and ready to go walking. On each trail the owner has put his own creations simultaneously throughout making the names of the trail a reality.

Even though I could keep going on and on about these walking trails I had to keep going to get to the reason why I went out to Blue Sky in the first place, to see the house. Although the house is green, it really is a cute little house. You are angled in a way where you can only see a small, very small, portion of the homeowner’s house, and that small section is the side of his house too. So if someone asks if it is private, I would consider it very private. Entering from the front porch you have an amazing feel of “I’m home” come over you. It is not set up like most guesthouses, with your standard layout of glamour, but this house actually feels like you are home. The owner has certainly put some thought into his place and for that it is really appreciated. With a fully loaded kitchen, two bedrooms, two baths, and of course the lovely whirlpool tub in the master suite, you really get a love for this home away from home property.

I think of all the things I could rave about for this property was certainly the serenity of the walking trails and the creative homemade scenery in admirable places. I could go on and on about this, but I think by now I have painted some imagery of this property, but don’t worry I have taken a few photos of my experience out there if you can’t picture what I saw. I know that some look a little gloomy and for that I am sorry we finally had rain and I wasn’t about to get frustrated due to it. I hope you too will enjoy Blue Sky Ranch on one of your next ventures to the Hill Country. I can promise you this, if you are looking for a getaway from all the hustle and bustle or a place to get your creativity to spark this really is a great place to help you do that. 


Texas Hill Country Golf

After you play your first round of golf at the Lady Bird Johnson Municipal Golf Course you will agree that this is one of the best courses in the state. It’s tough to find a course of this quality, a first class pro shop, a relaxing grill that offers a variety of food and refreshments as well as meeting and banquet facilities – all in one beautiful location.  No matter your age or ability level, this course offers a little something for everyone. A golf experience so great, you’ll never want to leave! Located on Hwy. 16 South in Fredericksburg’s Lady Bird Johnson Park.

For tee times, pricing, instruction, and more information, please visit

If golf isn’t your thing, we’ve got a variety of other things to do in Fredericksburg, Texas.  Guests love our local parks, theaters, and charming farms throughout Hill Country.

B&B vs. Guesthouse

Fredericksburg TX Lodging Options

Accommodations listed as traditional Fredericksburg-area bed and breakfasts generally have the owner living in the house and providing a sit-down breakfast, either served family-style or delivered to your door. Also check here for our other neighboring Texas Hill Country communities where Gastehaus Schmidt lodging is available.

Guesthouses are more common. Guesthouse accommodations may or may not include a Continental Breakfast, full kitchen, or other amenities. The homeowner generally does not live on the property, and you will often have an entire home to yourselves.

Please remember you are not staying in a hotel with room service, maids or repairmen on duty. Should a failure occur in the utilities, television, V.C.R., etc., please contact the owner or manager of the property. Gästehaus Schmidt does not manage, clean or repair the homes we represent. We will provide you the appropriate contact information. However, your charges will not be refunded.

After many requests, we have posted the addresses of the properties on the website. Please remember that we will send a confirmation with a map that includes the key arrangements. The key arrangements are not included on the site. Your GPS device may not give you the correct directions to the address, particularly if it is a rural address. The map we send is guaranteed to be correct.

We send maps by email. Some email providers block our emails. Please check your junk mail folder.

If you have made a group reservation under one name, we will only release information about the house to the person who made the reservation. Please make sure everyone in your party has a copy of the map we mail you. Gästehaus Schmidt will not be responsible if you or any of your party does not receive directions to their accommodation.

House of the Week; M’s Little House

Sometimes all we need is a small little home to allow us to unwind and M’s Little House, located about 5 miles from town, is just that. The home sits on the same property as the homeowner, however the house sits directly in front of the owner’s home and that way it feels as if you are the only one out there when sitting on the front porch.

When we first took the house into the service I never thought the house was very big just judging by the pictures. After viewing the property I have been proven wrong because this house is actually a pretty nice sized guesthouse. There is a large bedroom when you first walk in where the owner has very tastefully decorated the room. I loved the wood bar that goes across one far wall. It has carvings that are perched on it that look just like birds. There is an amazing table for two that has a woven basket as the tabletop. As you walk in you realize there is another room off of the bedroom that is a nice and spacious kitchen area. It is not a full kitchen, but it is large enough to plan out your day at the kitchen table and enjoy a nice light breakfast and drinking your coffee. The bathroom was a lot larger than I had imagined too. It has a tub and a separate shower. There is a beautiful full length mirror in there as well that the owner has made look like a window.

This guest house is so precious and a real treat. I think that it is definitely worth seeing. The owner has put a lot of time and thought into M’s Little House. To sum it up, privacy, great country views, and very clean is what you get at this great little guesthouse.

Oktoberfest – October 3-5

Oktoberfest-161_1662Oompah at its best! When summer ends and fall begins the cool air of October arrives, and so does Oktoberfest. For three full days, the world is invited to sing, toast and dance at one of Fredericksburg’s favorite fests. Celebrate 34 years of Texas gemutlichkeit with sizzling bratwurst, four stages of entertainment, arts and crafts, Chicken Dancing, a kids’ area and more. Forty juried artisans fill big tents and a select group of Hill Country artists showcase their fine art. Enjoy a hearty menu of delicious German and American foods. An awesome family event and lots more . . . Please visit the website for a complete schedule of events.

Friday 6 pm to midnight; Saturday 10 am to midnight; Sunday 11 am to 6 pm. $7 adults; $1 kids 7 – 12; 6 and under free. 2-day passes $12; 3-day passes $16. Gates open at noon on Friday for advance ticket sales and information! Please note that pets are not allowed on Marktplatz.


Lodging Deals & Specials in Fredericksburg, TX

Looking to escape to the Texas Hill Country without breaking the bank?  Let Gastehaus Schmidt help you find the perfect Fredericksburg vacation rental special, and you’ll be kicking back and relaxing in no time!  The Fredericksburg area is sure to please your whole group, with its variety of fun activities, delectable cuisine, and scenic attractions.

Gastehaus Schmidt is pleased to offer discounts on various Hill Country Lodging properties in conjunction with Fredericksburg Artists School. Please note that specials must be mentioned when booking in order to be applied to reservations.

Unless otherwise noted, all specials are restricted to Sunday through Thursday only, and do not include Holidays and Events. In addition, specials cannot be combined.

To see which properties are eligible for each special, click on the image to the left of the corresponding description.  Please note, not all properties have special offers available.

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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.