Gruene, Texas

If you’re ever in the San Antonio/Austin area of Texas, take a little time out to visit the town of Gruene. Now part of the town of New Braunfels, Gruene was founded in the last quarter of the 19th century along the banks of the Guadalupe River by H.D. Gruene. For nearly 50 years the town thrived as cotton was at the core of the economy and there was a large cotton gin in use. In 1922 the cotton gin burned, followed soon after by the stock market collapse in 1929, resulting in the near destruction of the town.

Gruene, Texas

For 40+ years the town sat quietly, fading into history until 1974 when a UT student kayaking on the Guadalupe River happened to catch site of the old water tower at the top of the hill and decided to investigate. Eventually, his efforts resulted in the area being added to the National Register of Historic Places. Visiting the town of Gruene is a pure Texas experience and a must for anyone wanting to see true history in the heart of Texas.

Gruene Hall. Gruene, Texas

Places of Interest in the Area

Buttermilk Cafe, New Braunfels, Texas: This restaurant has a delicious breakfast and lunch menu. Cupcake had a grilled banana bread with walnut syrup glaze and it was incredible!

Gruene Outfitters: Everything you need for Fly Fishing, plus just about everything else for camping, hiking and more! They offer top of the line clothing at great prices. I’d compare it to a REI store in about 1/4 the space, plus their prices are great and the staff was very helpful!

Gruene Outfitters

Gruene General Store: With its historic setting and ambiance of yesteryear, Gruene General Store ranks as one of the top 40 places to visit in Texas.

Cotton Eyed Joes: Steeped in Gruene’s rustic atmosphere, you’ll find a great collection of Texas and Gruene-themed gifts, souvenirs and of course, T-shirts!

Gruene General Store (and Cotton Eyed Joe’s next door)

Gruene Mansion Inn: The Gruene Mansion Inn has captured the drama and historical flair of Henry D. Gruene’s Victorian home and complimentary buildings in this premier Texas Bed and Breakfast. Not only is the property listed on the National Register of Historic Places, but it is also designated a Texas Historic Landmark.

Gruene Mansion Inn

Inferno’s Pizza, Gruene, Texas: Voted Best in New Braunfels, 2018, Infernos Wood Fired Oven & Spirits has been a Gruene, Texas local favorite since 2013. They are known for our wood-fired oven, hot artisan-style pizzas, flavorful sandwiches, signature drinks, fresh salads, and unique appetizers. We had a pulled pork, mac and cheese and jalapeno pizza, as well as an order of pizza chips – both were delicious!

Gristmill River Restaurant: Gristmill River Restaurant opened its doors in 1977 and offer an upscale casual dining menu along with popular South Texas fare such as chicken fried steak, fried catfish, grilled chicken, Texas-sized sandwiches, fresh fish and Gristmill’s secret specialties — tomatillo chicken and bronzed catfish. We’ve eaten there several times and it’s always delicious!

Gristmill River Restaurant and Bar

The Gruene Olive: The Gruene Olive Tasting Room is a beautiful shop located in historic Gruene, Texas. We offer fresh Olive Oil & Vinegar on tap, Gourmet Chocolates, Pastas, Pesto, Sauces & much more!

The Gruene Olive Tasting Room

Other Places of Interest in Gruene, Texas:

The Grapevine Texas Wine Bar

Gruene River Grill


Adobe Verde Restaurant

Cantina del Rio


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Shopping in Gruene, Texas

Map of Gruene, Texas

There are tons of other things to do in Gruene and the surrounding area!

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