“Willkommen! Welcome,” says the sign as one enters Fredericksburg, Texas. The town with a population of 15,000 residents is a popular and famous German settlement in the US. True to the spirit of welcome, the residents of Fredericksburg offer Texan hospitality in characteristic German fashion.
Founded in 1846, Fredericksburg was established by 120 settlers from northern Germany as part of an organized land settlement scheme and named after Prince Frederick of Prussia. The town is also noted as the home of Texas German, a dialect spoken by the first generations of German settlers who initially refused to learn English. Located just 77 miles west from the Texan captiol, Austin and 70 miles northwest of San Antonio, it is easily accessible and within easy reach.
Hanger Hotel is an ideal location for tourists to unwind. “ This is the place for anyone who wants to relax and avoid the hustle and bustle of automobile traffic or city,” says owner Dick Estenson. Two miles from Main Street is the Hangar Hotel uniquely designed with World War II hangar. Visitors can relax in the midst of aviation theme backdrop featuring plane memorabilia and aviation objects.
Located next to the hotel is the Airport Diner where patrons can enjoy the Bomber Burger, chocolate malts prepared with locally made ice cream while watching the planes land and take-off. It’s an ideal place to unwind and get away from it all.
Mr. Estenson, a successful local entrepreneur, has several other businesses in town, one of which is the Fredericksburg Brewing Company, the oldest and most acclaimed brewpub in Texas. Here patrons can enjoy freshly brewed cold beers along with freshly prepared foods. Acclaimed as the “Best In Texas,” the establishment has won several awards both in US and internationally.
Diners at the brewpub can partake delicious foods and great brews but without getting
Into their cars, can take only a few steps to a comfortable night’s sleep upstairs at the Bed & Brew. There are 11 rooms above the restaurant and one room on the ground floor handicap accessible. Each room is individually styled, with private baths, queen beds and air conditioning. Bed & Brew idea is worth copying here in Canada where strict drinking/driving laws exist.