The Texas Hill Country is a fascinating part of Texas. In 2016 we took our RV and journeyed into this pittoresque area that looks and feels so much different from what we knew or thought we knew about Texas: wide prairies, cattle ranches, oil production, flat and hm … boring countryside, and big cities like Dallas, Houston and the gulf coast and its beaches.
The hill country is different. Wine orchards, fertile fields and small towns west of Austin and San Antonio are embedded into a hilly countryside with oak trees, cacti or blooming meadows.
Here, a wave of immigrants from the 1848 Germany or the area around Germany built their new homesteads, doggedly withstanding heat, drought, Indian hostility, floods and other natural disasters to found towns like Fredericksburg, Comfort and others of these quaint (now) tourist towns. Fredericksburg is probably the one that shows its German heritage the most. Everything seems to be German, bakeries, restaurants, hotels, museums … you name it, it has a German name (although the bakery and the restaurant may well be run by a family from South America or Mexico.)