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Dreamy pastries, historic murals in old downtown New Braunfels, Texas

Naegelin’s Bakery and Alex Brochon’s mural in New Braunfels, Texas (JulianneG. Crane)

If you’re heading south along I-35 toward San Antonio, or north to Austin — old New Braunfels, Texas, is a perfect stopping off point for a yummy pastry and a little taste of public art.

In its historic downtown area, New Braunfels offers two irresistible attractions — a series of free outdoor murals and Naegelin’s Bakery, a longtime, mouth-watering eatery.

Inside Naegelin’s Bakery

This family-operated establishment first opened in 1868, making it
the oldest continuously operating bakery in the state of Texas.

Before walking through Naegelin’s front door, I was only in search of something sweet to eat, then I was overcome by the warm, fresh-baked smells and vast array of homemade pastry choices.

It took several minutes, but eventually among the veritable rainbow of cookies, cakes and pies, I spotted my pastry-of-choice since childhood–a huge, plump, powdered-sugar dusted, custard-filled cream puff.

Cream puff in hand, Jimmy and I sat outdoor and enjoyed the view of the downtown’s Main Plaza and the nearby “Lindheimer-The Father of Texas Botany” mural, painted by Alex Brochon of San Antonio. (See above and “C” on the map below.)

‘The City of a Prince” by Clinton Baermann and Cassandra Mourfield.

Within an easy walking distance from the bakery there are two additional murals.

Just a short city block away is “The City of a Prince” mural by Clinton Baermann, Texas Senate honored muralist and historian from Llano, Texas, and Cassandra Mourfield, a New Braunfels artist. It is painted on the exterior wall of the Downtown Antique Building. (“B” on the map below.)

“Spass and Gemutlichkeit” by painter Brent McCarthy.

Turn your gaze slightly to the left and take in the “Spass and Gemutlichkeit” mural created by New Braunfels artist Brent McCarthy, which adorns the outside of Friesenhaus Restaurant known as Krause Strasse, in the 100 block of Castell Avenue. (“A” on the map below.)

All three murals are within one block of the Main Plaza.

For more information:

Historic Outdoor Art Museum map.

New Braunfels 
424 South Castell Ave.
New Braunfels, TX 78130
Phone: (830) 221-4000

Naegelin’s Bakery
129 South Seguin Ave.
New Braunfels, TX 78130
Phone: (830) 625-5722 Toll Free: (877) 788-2895

New Braunfels Historic Outdoor Art Museum

Read more articles about the RV lifestyle written by Julianne G. Crane at

Photos: Julianne G. Crane  Click on all images to enlarge.

Article updated 10/14/2015.

Julianne G. Crane
Julianne G. Crane
Julianne G. Crane writes about the RVing and camping lifestyles for print and online sites. She was been hooked on RVing from her first rig in the mid-1980s. Between 2000-2008, she was a writer for The Spokesman-Review newspaper in Spokane, Wash. One of her popular columns was Wheel Life about RVing in the Pacific Northwest. In 2008, Crane started publishing RV Wheel She and her husband, Jimmy Smith, keep a homebase in southern Oregon, while they continue to explore North America in their 21-foot 2021 Escape travel trailer. Over the years they have owned every type of RV except a big class A. “Our needs change and thankfully, there’s an RV out there that fits every lifestyle.”


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