Experience German heritage in New Braunfels, a popular tourist town tucked into the hills between San Antonio and Austin. Vacation rentals in this charming small town place you near lovely historic districts, annual festivals, and adventurous outdoor activities. Spend a day tubing down the Comal River, cool off at the Schlitterbahn water park, or take a historic walking tour. On the weekends, start your morning with a trip to the New Braunfels Farmers Market and close out the day at one of the city’s many live music venues. Whether you’re looking for an active vacation or a relaxing trip, these are the 12 New Braunfels vacation rental locations.

1. Downtown New Braunfels

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Hit the ground running with a vacation rental in Downtown New Braunfels. With its unique collection of shops and restaurants, this buzzing neighborhood is the social center of the city. Get a feel for the area with a walk around the Main Plaza, and be sure to check out local hot spots The Downtowner and the Alpine Haus.

2. Prince Solms Park

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You’re never far from an exciting activity in the neighborhoods near Prince Solms Park. Pack your bikes for a trip around the park’s trail system, or bring the whole family for a day of fun at the nearby Schlitterbahn New Braunfels water park. Alternatively, rent a tube from a local outfitter for a relaxing trip down the Comal River.

3. Gruene

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Experience the rustic charm of the Old West in Gruene. Look for vacation rentals near the Gruene Historic District, which features well-preserved buildings and Victorian-style homes. Be sure to stop by the General Store and Gruene Haus for souvenirs, and pop into the Gristmill River Restaurant and Bar for a meal in a restored cotton gin.

4. Hinman Island South

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Stay steps from the popular Comal River in the area south of Hinman Island. Bring your swimming gear and water shoes, and head straight for the river for lazy days of tubing and kayaking. If you dare, try out the wild City Tube Chute, or brave the Warnecke Rapids. If you don’t want to be on the water, head for Hinman Island for picnicking and playgrounds.

5. Landa Park Southwest

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Experience New Braunfels’ best-loved outdoor space in Landa Park Southwest. Quiet and relaxed, this residential neighborhood is an excellent choice for families. Make the short walk to Landa Park, and take your little ones on the miniature train that winds through the greens. Explore the William and Dolores Schumann Arboretum, rent a paddle boat, or escape the heat in the park’s many shaded areas.

6. Landa Park Northeast

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Enjoy the slow pace of life in Landa Park Northeast. With its beautiful old-growth trees and well-maintained streets, this peaceful area lends itself well to walking and biking. A few minutes from your vacation rental, the Landa Park Golf Course offers picturesque fairways and 18 challenging holes. Rent a kayak for a leisurely paddle down the Comal River, or hike the scenic Panther Canyon trail.

7. Cypress Bend Park

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Start your day with views of the Guadalupe River in the areas around Cypress Bend Park. Just a short walk from New Braunfel’s bustling tourist center, this elegant neighborhood features spacious homes and tree-lined streets. While you’re visiting, be sure to spend an afternoon strolling by the water in Cypress Bend Park; bring your fishing pole and join local anglers on the riverbanks.

8. South New Braunfels

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Come home to peace and quiet in South New Braunfels. Comprised largely of residential streets, this lovely area makes it easy to get a restful night’s sleep after a long day on the river. Rental properties range from large homes to compact apartments, so you can find a comfortable fit for your family. Downtown is a comfortable walk away, and nearby Highway 89 houses a variety of large shopping centers.

9. Guadalupe River North

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Spend your trip surrounded by the stunning Texas hills in the area around the northern section of the Guadalupe River. Homes in this area are generously spaced, so you can enjoy a private getaway and provide ample space for kids to play. Bring your bike for long, challenging rides along the rolling streets, and make the short drive into New Braunfels for river tubing and excellent dining.

10. West Gruene

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Stay amid the farm fields in West Gruene. Here, cultivated land extends as far as the eye can see, creating a welcoming sense of serenity. Spend entire days on your vacation rental property without seeing another soul, or drive a few miles into Gruene or New Braunfels for the buzzing social scene. If you’re craving modern comforts, opt for a home in one of the area’s developments.

11. Canyon Lake East

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Make the most of the Texas heat in Canyon Lake East. Choose a vacation rental high in the hill country for the best views, or choose a condo close to the lake to be within walking distance of the water. Bring your speedboat or kayaks to explore the large lake, which is popular with visitors and locals.

12. Canyon Lake South

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Indulge in a private waterfront retreat in Canyon Lake South. Here, cottages and luxurious homes line the shoreline, delighting visitors with panoramic views and quiet beaches. Rent a Jet Ski or a canoe from a local outfitter, or simply spend your days splashing in the refreshing waters. If you’re staying inland, head to Overlook Park for easy public water access.