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Sophie Says | Meetings & Special Events at Sophie’s downtown New Braunfels

In search of an exceptional venue for your upcoming corporate meeting, executive training, women’s retreat, holiday party, or intimate wedding? Look no further – Downtown New Braunfels has a hidden gem that rises above the ordinary.

In the heart of the city, Sophie’s Gasthaus stands as an oasis of distinction, transcending the norm and delivering an unparalleled event experience. Unlike the standard meeting spots scattered across the city, Sophie’s Gasthaus embodies history, elegance, and charm. Originally built in 1906 as a distinguished residence, this property has gracefully transformed over time – from a family home to a charming bed and breakfast and finally into a luxury boutique hotel. Today, it stands as a unique venue primed to host unforgettable milestone events, including weddings, baby showers and anniversary parties along with corporate events such as Christmas parties and executive meetings.

Step into a world where sophistication intertwines with comfort, where the echoes of the past seamlessly blend with modern opulence. Our venue isn’t just another run-of-the-mill event space – it’s a sanctuary with expansive interiors, lush grounds, and exquisitely appointed guest accommodations. Sophie’s Gasthaus provides a space where your guests can truly escape the mundane and immerse themselves in an environment designed to nurture creativity, forge connections, and celebrate life’s moments.

The era of settling for uninspiring highway hotels is behind us. At Sophie’s, every guest is welcomed to their own private suite, complemented by exquisite community spaces, a serene pool, sprawling porches, and an enchanting backyard. Should the urge for exploration strike, Downtown New Braunfels beckons just steps away, offering dining, shopping, live entertainment, and more. Your event attendees won’t need to battle city traffic – they’ll find themselves in the heart of the action in mere moments. Take the team out for an afternoon of Texas-sized fun at Gruene Hall, where you can two-step your way to tighter teamwork. Set off on a thrilling river rafting adventure that’ll get the adrenaline pumping while encouraging trust and collaboration within the group. Or spend an evening singing along to your favorite band under the stars at Whitewater Amphitheater.

Sophies Gasthaus unique Wedding Venue Downtown New Braunfels

When it’s time to host an event or private party, bypass the ordinary and opt for Sophie’s Gasthaus, where cherished memories are framed against a backdrop of magnolia trees and historic allure. Declare your vows in our meticulously manicured backyard, exchange ideas and insights in the refined spaces adorned with fine art, and then unwind poolside to the rhythms of live music. This is an experience that transcends the confines of standard boardrooms and dull hotel meeting rooms.

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Whether you’re organizing a top-tier executive meeting, a transformative women’s retreat, a festive holiday party, or a magical wedding – we’re here to transform your vision into a reality. Embark on your journey with Sophie’s Gasthaus today and craft an event that stands as a testament to true distinction. Start planning your perfect event now.

Sophie Says | Spectacular Summer Selections!

photo credit: New Braunfels Convention & Visitors Bureau

You may have heard New Braunfels calls itself The Official Home of Summer.

With two crystal-clear rivers for floating and frolicking, the World’s Best Waterpark, and weather perfect for an outdoor concert, swimming all day, and having a drink and dinner on a patio, it’s hard to dispute that claim.

There’s so much to do in New Braunfels; I’d suggest making a vacation of your visit to this area. And I’m sure you don’t mind me mentioning the perfect place to stay – Sophie’s Gasthaus.

This summer in New Braunfels, you and your family, friends, or yourself have a million options.


New Braunfels doesn’t need much of an excuse to get together. That’s evidenced by the number of events on the calendar. Here are just a few of them:
Farmer’s Market | Every Saturday, 9am-1pm, Krause’s Cafe
Gruene Market Days | Every 3rd full weekend, Gruene Historic District
First Friday | Every first Friday, Downtown New Braunfels
Play at the Platz | June 11, July 9, August 13, 4-8pm, Downtown New Braunfels
Heads & Tails Crawfish Boil hosted by Stalekracker | June 3, Texas Ski Ranch
Patriotic Parade and Program | July 4, Downtown New Braunfels
Fireworks Spectacular | July 4, Landa Park
North American Jewelry & Gift Show | July 21-23, New Braunfels Civic/Convention Center
NB Home and Garden Show | August 5-6, New Braunfels Civic/Convention Center
Find a complete schedule of this community’s live music, golf, tastings, happy hours, and plenty of other events at

How about making your own event – like a Girl’s Weekend or Couple’s Weekend.



Seriously, there’s live music in any number of places in New Braunfels every night of the week. Here’s a Live Music Best Of List and Live Music Calendarto help you build out your itinerary. Below are a few venues to give you just a taste of what’s in store and on stage in New Braunfels.

Whitewater Amphitheater
This outdoor concert venue is situated right on the beautiful Guadalupe River, making it an amazing setting for a more amazing show. This summer, Whitewater Amphitheater is currently featuring:
Billy Currington | June 17
Randy Rogers Band | July 2
Kolby Cooper | July 8
Josh Abbott Band | July 15
Read Southall Band, Tanner Usrey | July 22
Ryan Bingham with the Texas Gentlemen | July 28 & 29
Shane Smith & the Saints | August 5
Charley Crockett | August 25
For up-to-date concert information and tickets, visit

Gruene Hall
The oldest dancehall in Texas has been the birthplace of dozens of music careers. Every artist wants to play on this legendary stage, and every visitor to New Braunfels wants to watch. Check out this summer’s current lineup.
Randall King | May 28
Red Shahan | June 3
Rodney Crowell | June 17
Gary P. Nunn | July 8
Cooder Graw | July 22
Bob Schneider | August 5
Gruene Hall is constantly adding new shows. See those and purchase tickets at

Brauntex Theatre
The Brauntex has been an anchor in downtown New Braunfels since opening as a movie theatre in 1942. It was resurrected as a performing arts venue in the year 2000 and has earned a spot in the National Register of Historic Places and the title of “The Jewel of Historic Downtown New Braunfels.”
Jimmy Vaughn & The Tilt-a-Whirl Band | June 9
Will Hearn’s Grand Ol’ Americana Show | July 2
Q, The Music of Queen | August 4
Already Gone: A Tribute to THE EAGLES | August 26
John Tesh | September 7
The Brauntex also offers a Summer Cinema Series featuring movies most of us grew up with. For complete info and tickets, click on

There’s so much to do in New Braunfels; you’ll need a beautiful, luxurious, comfortable, well-stocked place to unwind after the best day ever. After all, you’ll want to be rested up for another best day ever. Luckily that exact place is located right in the heart of downtown New Braunfels and within easy walking distance to plenty to do. Yep, you guessed it, that place is Sophie’s Gasthaus. Book your room online or give us a call. We can’t wait to host you.

New Braunfels Historic Estate Turns Boutique Hotel & Venue

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New Braunfels Historic Estate Turns Boutique Hotel | Sophies Gasthaus

Sophie’s Gasthaus, New Braunfels premier boutique luxury hotel, didn’t start its life as a hotel. It was constructed in 1906 as the home of a prominent New Braunfels family.

Myra Lee Adams Goff for an article from the Sophienburg Musuem and Acrchives writes: “The house is referred to by old-time New Braunfelsers as the Karbach House. But it didn’t start out as the Karbach House. The house was built for George and Hulda Eiband in 1906.

Family tradition says that the house had an interesting background. Hulda was the sister of Emmie Seele Faust, both of whom were daughters of Hermann Seele. The sisters supposedly had a friendly competition going between them. Townspeople in those days were aware of this competition because talk flies in a small town.

Emmie Seele married John Faust in 1905 and they built the Victorian home in the 300 block of W. San Antonio St, complete with wooden columns and wooden wraparound porch. It was a showplace. When Hulda Seele married George Eiband, she wanted a bigger house but definitely not a Victorian. Hulda’s house would be bigger and would be built in the new style of architect Frank Lloyd Wright, with high ceilings, brick columns, terrazzo porch, straight lines, lots of glass windows and 12 ft. ceilings. One thing is certain – both houses are substantial enough to remain standing.” read the entire article here:

Over the years, the home transitioned from a residence to offices to a bed and breakfast. Finally, the property was purchased by a visionary who remodeled it into a one-of-a-kind hotel masterpiece perfect for hosting a destination wedding, corporate retreat, girl’s weekend or romantic getaway.


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Sophie’s Gasthaus luxury boutique hotel downtown New Braunfels exterior


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Sophies Gasthaus board room


Wassailfest 2022 and NBTX Downtown Lighting

Join us in New Braunfels & Gruene TX for holiday festivities this season!



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You don’t want to miss the merriest smalltown festivals and events around this season. Santa Comes to town, Wassailfest, Christmas markets, Cowboy Cringle & more! Sophie’s boutique bed and breakfast is the perfect place for your family to stay the night and enjoy the holidays.


Travel Guide: New Braunfels, Texas

Adored by Alex stayed with us and here’s what she had to say:
One of my favorite parts of visiting small towns, is checking out local spots, including staying in quaint inns, boutique hotels or bed & breakfasts. We stayed at Sophie’s Gasthaus, a darling and tastefully remodeled and restored rental property, in the heart of downtown New Braunfels.

Originally built in 1906, the home is an absolute gem. Luxurious, with its newly renovated rooms and bathrooms, yet charing, with its original German architecture and character. I truly took photos of almost every inch of the property. I couldn’t get over the wavy glass windows, cast iron air & heat register grills on the floor and original transom windows with brass chain hardware (my architecture buffs will know what I’m referencing!).

The home is situated on a large plot of land with a pool and big yard. With six rooms, plus a suite and a hayloft unit, there’s a place for everyone. The common areas are spacious and tastefully appointed. We enjoyed coffee (from the butler’s pantry in-house coffee bar), on the front porch rocking chairs. Our stay in the Karbach room was just what we needed for a little rest and relaxation.

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What to do this fall in New Braunfels

Guadalupe River

Sophie Says | What to do this fall in New Braunfels

Sure, New Braunfels is known for summer things like floating the Comal River or the Guadalupe River, or splashing at Schlitterbahn, and then grabbing some dinner and watching some live music.

But did you know that even if summer is over, the fun in New Braunfels isn’t? Here in New Braunfels, we take Gemütlichkeit (“good German fun”) seriously – all year long.

For the best possible time after Labor Day, the first step is to book your room at a luxurious downtown boutique hotel – Sophie’s Gasthaus. Staying in downtown New Braunfels allows you to leave the car and walk to some of the city’s best restaurants, shopping, and nightlife. We’ll talk about some walkable options later. But stop reading and book your room now.

There’s always something going on in New Braunfels, from concerts to events to shopping to simply hanging out with friends in a Biergarten while enjoying a glass of wine or stein of beer. That said, below are some of my suggestions for things to do when the temperature cools off this year.

Downtown New Braunfels

First Friday in Downtown
Walk out of Sophie’s Gasthaus, take a right, and you’re there. Every First Friday of the month, Downtown New Braunfels celebrates still being the heart of this great town – since 1845.

Stores are open late. Restaurants offer specials. Live music abounds. And there are free drink samples from the Downtown Association. You’re guaranteed a good time, and I’ll bet you make a new friend or 12. Learn more about First Friday at

Gruene Music & Wine Festival
A short drive north of downtown New Braunfels is Gruene. This was a company town for a cotton farmer named Ernst Gruene. But after boll wevils destroyed the farm, the town fell on hard times until it was resurrected as one of the coolest places in New Braunfels featuring the legendary Gruene Hall.

Every year, this Historic District hosts Gruene Music & Wine Festival. The fundraiser features four days of the greatest music and Texas wines you could imagine. This year the festival runs October 6-9. Learn more about Gruene Music & Wine Festival at

Dwight Yoakum at Whitewater Amphitheater
According to the Academy of Country Music, this outdoor venue, on the banks of the crystal-clear Guadalupe River, is one of the top five Best Outdoor Venues in the US.

If you ask me, Dwight Yoakum is one of the best artists in the US, so it’d make sense to bring Whitewater Amphitheater and Dwight Yoakum together – say, on October 15. It’ll be a fantastic show in an amazing place. Hurry and get tickets before they’re sold out at

Earlier I mentioned Gemütlichkeit. The official home of that is in downtown New Braunfels at Wurstfest – the 10-day salute to sausage.

For over 60 years, this festival has invited hundreds of thousands of Germans, and people who wish they were German, to enter the gates, dance a few chicken dances, drink a couple of beers, have some Wurst and Kartoffelpuffers (look it up), laugh with friends, and then do it all again. Wurstfest runs November 4-13 this year. Get more information and learn a few handy German phrases at

No wonder New Braunfels is so popular with its residents and visitors. It’s a beautiful city full of wonderful people and unique things to do. I hope you’ll plan to visit the community, and we’d love to say “Willkommen” to you at Sophie’s Gasthaus.


photo credit: New Braunfels Convention & Visitors Bureau

Sophie’s Gasthaus: A Luxury Stay in Downtown New Braunfels

sophies gasthaus wraparound porch with rocking chairs

Are you looking to get away with family to reconnect with one another, dreaming of a romantic get-away, or hoping for a fabulous retreat with some friends? Look no further than booking a luxury stay at Sophie’s Gasthaus in Downtown New Braunfels, Texas.

When you step into Sophie’s, you’ll enter a world where the beauty of history meets modern convenience and luxury. Our boutique hotel provides our guests with unparalleled service in an environment driven by style and comfort. Once you join us, you will make this luxury hotel a tradition for years to come.

Located in charming downtown New Braunfels, Texas, this historic property is surrounded by two gorgeous rivers and plenty of activities. Our guests enjoy floating their worries away on the rivers or attending various events, such as the annual salute to sausage – Wurstfest.

Sophie’s Gasthaus provides our guests with every amenity that a luxury stay should, starting the moment you step foot on our beautifully landscaped outdoor spaces. We have beautiful flowers, blooming with life and vibrancy, outdoor tables for a quiet cup of coffee or tea and a pool/hot tub area where you can soak up the sun or float all your troubles away. We also offer a perfectly landscaped outdoor firepit area for great conversation on cool evenings.

Once inside, you will be greeted with a newly renovated interior, where no room or detail was left untouched. Bright and open common areas welcome you to commune with old friends and meet new. The decor has a touch of elegance and yet invites an aura of relaxation and renewal.

These breathtaking renovations carry over to our 8 luxury rooms, where German architecture merges with the elegant and modern. Each room offers amenities including organic cotton bed linens and pillows to suit your tastes. You can relax in comfort in our complimentary bathrobes and Beekman bath products. Enjoy your favorite tunes on our in-room bluetooth speakers, and never go hungry with your included in-suite snack and beverage bar.

The Captain’s Room: This room, featuring a king bed, welcomes you with soothing tones of dusty lilac and decor reminiscent of days spent seafaring.
The Faust Room: If you love a room with a pool view, the Faust room is perfect for you. The cozy space welcomes you with a king bed and calming sage walls.
The Fischer Room: Where the beauty of history marries with modern, this king room has an open and airy feel. Neutral greys and natural light create an airy space.
The Prince Solms: Regal rich blues invite guests to this oversized king room which honors the founder of New Braunfels. Filled with light and featuring unique built-ins, you will never want to leave.
The Karbach Room: The Karbach room will be your own private paradise. Neutral tones, modern updates and a private balcony will welcome you. It is the ultimate location to enjoy a book, or a chat and cup of coffee.
The Eiband Room: In honor of the man who originally built the property, this room will give its inhabitants stunning views of the property while they enjoy a warm and welcoming space. In addition, you will only be steps from our luxurious pool and hot tub area.
The Seele Suite: This two-bedroom suite is the perfect retreat for your family or girl’s weekend. It is bright and beautiful with plenty of room to spread out. Natural light pervades and bright linens make this space one that inspires peace and harmony.
The Hayloft Suite: This spacious suite has clean lines and beautiful dormer windows that allow its guests to survey Sophie’s beautifully manicured lawn and gardens. A private balcony will beacon you to sit and relax and renew.

We invite you to become one of our family and join us for a historic, boutique hotel experience that is focused on you. We strive to provide personalized service in everything that we do. From our complimentary coffee and tea station in our parlor space to our lavish rooms where no detail is overlooked, we are confident that once you experience this unique luxury stay in downtown New Braunfels, you will make a tradition of returning.