Ah Bavaria! It’s beautiful, it’s German, and it’s about 5,000 miles away. Lucky for us, settlers brought Germany to Texas and named it Fredericksburg.
Downtown Fredericksburg is a collection of shops offering just about everything you can imagine. From smell good stuff and candles at Circle E Candles to refreshing beers on tap at Fredericksburg Brewing Company and more!
When it’s wine time, scoot on over to Becker Vineyards — it’s just what the doctor ordered (Dr. Becker, that is…) This winery was established in 1992 by endocrinologist Richard Becker and his wife Bunny, and over the years they’ve gained quite a few awards and celebrity fans (including Lady Bird Johnson!) Stop in for a glass of wine, a tour of their vineyards and wine cellar, and a visit to their Lavender gardens out back.
One thing you can’t miss when visiting is the National Museum of the Pacific War, which (believe it or not) is the national museum commemorating the Pacific combat of WWII…all the way out here in Fredericksburg. The museum has complete war machines, like a B-12 bomber, tanks and a Japanese pygmy submarines. Be sure to see the Japanese Garden of Peace that was donated to the museum by the Japanese as a sign of peace.
For outdoor-minded folks, head north of town to Enchanted Rock, a stunning pink granite dome rising out of the ground. Climb to the top to take in the stunning view of the surrounding Hill Country, and once you’re there, delve deep into the cave in the backside of the rock for a more intense adventure.
You probably already knew about the amazing view at the top of Enchanted Rock, but I bet you didn’t know that Enchanted Rock State Natural Area is filled with rock climbing galore. My favorite is to top rope up Turkey Peak, which is near the dome of Enchanted Rock. You can find various rock climbing guides here.