New Braunfels (brounˈfəlz) [key], city (1990 pop. 22,334), seat of Comal co., S central Tex., on the Guadalupe River; inc. 1847. Portland cement, consumer goods, crushed limestone, furniture, and leather goods are produced. Cattle, sheep, goats, hogs, and exotic animals are raised; corn, wheat and sorghum are grown; and there are wineries. New Braunfels was founded (1845) by Prince Carl von Solms-Braunfels and settled by thousands of German immigrants, whose heritage continues to flavor the city's culture. Local attractions include historical and children's museums; the Schlitterbahn waterpark; Landa Park, which contains Comal springs, river, and lake; and the nearby natural bridge caverns.
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