New Braunfels: Conservation Plaza

A large house for the time, the fachwerk construction makes the 1852 Baetge House one of Comal County’s important historic homes and a symbol of just how quickly the German colony thrived. Originally built 26 miles north of New Braunfels by German civil engineer-turned-farmer Karl Baetge, the home now sits on Conservation Plaza, where it is considered to be the plaza’s “crown jewel.” Visitors to the home can see up close the original hand-forged iron hinges, balcony, and doors, as well as numerous German-Texan books and pieces of furniture throughout the home.

Tours of the buildings and homes at Conservation Plaza offer a window into 19th century life in New Braunfels.

Conservation Plaza

  • Hours: Tuesday – Friday, 9:30-11 a.m., 1 – 2:30 p.m., Saturday – Sunday, 1-2:30 p.m.
  • Admission: None
  • 1300 Church Hill Dr., New Braunfels, TX
  • 830-629-2943
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  • National Register of Historic Places