The fingerprints of 19th century European explorers and settlers can be seen all over Texas, but there isn't anywhere else quite like Castroville. Established by Alsatian immigrants, Castroville is unique with its distinctive historical treasures, French/German/Alsatian food, and beautiful public parks.
Haby's Alsatian Bakery
Established in 1974, Haby’s has been baking some of the best cakes, pastries, and breads in Medina County. Located in historic Castroville, it’s the best place to buy quality baked goods, including French bread, croissants, and other heirloom recipe-produced delicacies.
Dziuk's Meat Market
For over 30 years now, Dziuk’s Meat Market has been proudly serving customers their quality fresh cuts, famous dried meats, and utterly unique (and delicious!) raw meat parisa. They also offer processing services for hunters, as well as lots of groceries and deli offerings.
Paris St. Po'Boys
Established and run by Louisiana natives and Alsatian descendents, Paris St. Po’Boys offers the best and freshest cajun cuisine in the area. Their po’boys are made with authentic New Orleans bread, and they also offer boudin, alligator, and other creole specialties. Yahongreh?
Landmark Inn State Historic Site
Landmark Inn tells the story of migration, industry, and preservation in Texas. The site is very large and you can easily spend a whole afternoon exploring all the museum and all of the old buildings. Their docents are very knowledgeable and would love to tell you all about the history of Castroville, so make sure you make a stop – maybe even stay for the night! (Don’t worry – it’s not really haunted.)
Alsatian Steinbach Hus Park
The Steinbach Hus (house) was originally built between 1618 and 1648 in Wahlbach, France, in the Alsatian style. It took four years to dissemble, relocate, rebuild, and restore the Steinbach Hus. It arrived by truck in Castroville (as a gift from the Alsatian French government) in 1998, and is now open for visitors. It truly is a fun building to explore, so make sure you put it on your day trip agenda.
Castroville Regional Park
Castroville Regional Park consists of 126 wooded acres on the banks of the beautiful turquoise Rio Medina (Medina River). The park is surrounded by a walking trail and includes lots of amenities like grills, picnic tables, sports fields, and pavilions. And don’t forget to head up the hill to take in the overlook over the city!