Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Review of Wurstfest in New Braunfels, Texas

Sprechen sie fun?  Wurstfest just wrapped up last weekend but if you missed it and wanted to go next year this is what you need to know.

Wurstfest is one of the most popular festivals in Texas.   It is held each year in New Braunfels, Texas, which is between San Antonio and Austin and along the Comal River. (the same Comal River you can tube)  It is a 10 day festival held in November each year and will be on November 3 – 12, 2017. 

One of the many polka bands

Like you would expect there was lots of beer and sausage.   The beers come in a plastic souvenier wurstfest cup or pitcher.  Yes, you can get pitchers of beer and take them back to your picnic family style seating in one of the many pavilions with live polka bands.  There were many German beers to choose from as well as American beers plus wine, sodas and water.   The food was great.  Sausage on sticks, fried oreos, chocolate covered pickles, German tacos, sauerkraut, pretzels, cotton candy, snow cones, danishes and much more. 

There were stalls selling everything from crazy light up hats to full German dirndl and leiderhosen outfits, cuckoo clocks and art.   

My German hat that I purchased

We arrived around 3pm on a Saturday but if I go again I would try and go even earlier.   Less lines and less people.  By 6 PM it was getting crowded and dark.   You need drink tickets which is annoying as you need to wait in line for a packet of tickets and then again for drinks.  You can order tickets online but need to wait in line to pick up those tickets too.  You need cash and a lot of it as no one seemed to take credit card.  Why in this day and age they don’t take credit card is beyond me and really annoying.  Have they not heard of square?   How about linking the tickets to an arm band and to a credit card like ACL.   So with cash in hand we head on.   I purchased a book of drink tickets and 20 tokens for rides and we were off.   I quickly realized the $25 dollar wrist band would have been a better option as I went through $50 in tokens for rides and we only did a few.   The ride operators charge for adults to ride, which is annoying since they make kids who are under 42 inches need an adult.   I realized I spend 8 tokens / $8 dollars to walk through a maze and down a slide that took 1 minute.  With the arm band my kids could have gone over and over.   They also had carnival games and the good thing about this that one was $5 / 5 tokens and everyone was a winner.   This I liked.   My kids had fun, won prizes, rode rides, ate yummy food and saw a lot of crazy hats and we all listened to polka and tried to dance.   We all had fun.


Adults are $10 each but only $8 if purchased online.
Children 12 and under are free.

Mon – Wed - 5:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Thu – Fri - 5:00 pm - 11:30 pm
Sat - 11:00 am -  Midnight
Sun - 11:00 am - 9:30 pm.

There are lots near by by the cost between $10 - $30 dollars and you will need to walk.  There is also a shuttle service from area Park & Ride, local accommodations or for group pick-up from private locations. Check out Wurstwagon  

Final Recommendations:
  • Buy tickets for adults online
  • Buy drink tickets online too the line was way shorter
  • Go with a group so you have a home base in case you get lost and one or two people can wait in the drink line
  • Get the ride wrist bands for your kids they always are a better deal for kids rides
  • Bring cash
  • Go early

No comments:

Post a Comment

Note: Only a member of this blog may post a comment.