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Germany in U.S.

Posted by Elly1 (My Page) on
Sat, Feb 21, 04 at 15:34

My significant other and I are thinking about going on vacation together. We have been together for 30 years and have never taken a vacation together..

He is really into things German (he speaks it fluently), but we cannot afford to go to Germany or Austria. We were wondering if any one has any suggestions about German speaking areas of the U.S.?

We live in the Boston area, and would love some sort of bus trip!!

Thanks in advance...


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RE: Germany in U.S.

New Braunfels, Texas is a great place to visit. It was founded by Germans. In fact most of my ancestors came from Germany and settled in New Braunfels. There are many old timers there who speak German, lots of antique shops, restaurants, etc. The Wuerstfest is an annual event with lots of German food, dress, etc, that lasts over a week. Then there are the rivers....the Landa River and the Guadalupe River both run through New Braunfels. There is lots of rafting, tubing, swimming and fishing in the area. The Landa River is spring fed and brrrrrrr cold!
Another area that is actually in New Braunfels city limits is the old ghost town of Gruene. Well, it was a ghost town. Now it is a thriving area full of cute shops, b & b's, restaurants, etc. The oldest continually running dance hall is there and has live music Thursday-Sunday, with pretty good performers. There is a great restaurant inside an old gristmill that overlooks the river. Food is great! On weekends there are many motorcycles in town, so there are many bikers, kids, antiquers, shoppers, tourists, water lovers, and music fans walking around the little town. It's a great mix!

Another advantage is New Braunfels location. It's only 15-20 minutes to San Antonio, about 40 miles to Austin, and it's right at the edge of the beautiful Texas Hill Country. Another near-by German town is Fredricksburg.

I don't live in New Braunfels, but I go as often as I can.

RE: Germany in U.S.

Hi Maryann,

Thank you so much for your response, and please let me apologize for being tardy in thanking you.

It sounds like a wonderful place, but I neglected to say that we live in Boston, MA and Texas is a little far away for us. What would you think about Pennsylvania Dutch (I understand it is really Penn. Deutsch as it was settled by Germans)?
Does any body know if German is still spoken there?
There are many bus tours to that destination, and neither of us drive!
Any other thoughts?

RE: Germany in U.S.

Try this link, there is a calendar of upcoming events.

Here is a link that might be useful: Kutztown Chamber

RE: Germany in U.S.

Thank you both so much...

RE: Germany in U.S.

I am guessing this is too late, but here goes: Wisconsin was settled extensively by people from Germany. We have many descended from Danes & Norwegians, as well. Also, many from Poland. The biggest ethnic group here are those descended from German immigrants. Having said that, I can't think of anywhere in the state where the German language is commonly spoken. You can find a good restaurant that serves German food, we have one here in Madison, & there are several in Milwaukee.

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