Austin: Downtown German Heritage

By the late 1800s, German-Texans played an important role in the formation and growth of Austin and shared their old-country traditions, foods, and songs with the wider population.

“Many highly educated men, who had first adopted the strenuous life of the pioneer farmer when they came to Texas… gradually left their farms for the more congenial life and employment in the city,” wrote historian Moritz Tiling, “and the Germans of Austin have forever been a prominent social, political and industrial factor of the capital of Texas.”

A 19-point walking tour showcases sites downtown that tell the German-Texan story in Austin: from Bertram’s Store on Guadalupe to the old German Free School to the beautiful mansions of various businessmen and politicians.

Downtown Austin Walking/Driving Tour

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