There’s something magical about hitting the road and heading to a small Texas town on a Saturday morning, and Fredericksburg has the magic of Texas and Germany combined. Wine tasting rooms, beer halls, shops, eateries, and attractions line the streets of Fredericksburg, which sits just west of Llano and just far enough from Austin to feel like it’s in another world.
Make the most of your day trip with this tips and afterthoughts from my own experience!
Get your alcohol first. Since it’s legal to walk around the streets and wander into shops with a drink in hand, head to a tasting room or for a quick lunch first!
Pop into every shop. There were a few stores that are more tucked away than others, but those stores are the most fun to pop in! One of our favorites was store called T-Shirts, Etc. where we found plenty of hilarious cat tees and shirts with fun sayings.
Park and walk. Most of the sights, shops, and eateries sit on or just off Main Street, so parking at one end is the way to go. Main Street spans roughly 8-10 blocks.
Walking into Auslander feels like walking into a beergarden in Germany. It’s dark, cozy, and smells simply amazing! You can’t go wrong with anything on the menu, but I loved the Chicken Schnitzel with Sauerkraut and Spaetzel. They have tons of German beers on draft as well!
This cute little Italian haven is a local favorite! Walk through its cherry red doors with a big appetite for lunch, as the food is cheap and you'll want to try one of everything.
Pie, quilts, and "vintage treasures"... What more do you need? This family-owned rustic pie house has everything from cream pies to fruit and pecan pies by the slice, by the half, or by the whole. Get there early, since they close once they sell out!
This brand new development is half tasting room half lavender shop... An odd mix but an amazing one nonetheless! Multiple tasting options are available from the vineyards. Fredericksburg Winery is just down Main Street, but this tasting room has a much more enjoyable atmosphere.
In the heart of historic downtown Fredericksburg is a restored 1890's building with a dining space and air-conditioned biergarten, with the upstairs dedicated to "Bed & Brew" rooms which can be rented out and enjoyed by visitors.
Bottled in the Italian Hill Country and shipped from Tuscany to Fredericksburg, these wines were once only available in Italy and are now available for tasting on the streets of this old Texas city.
Grab a cup of Joe at Ranch Road Roasters, which boasts roasts inspired by Texas Hill Country roads. They roast on the bed of a 1946 Ford Truck that was once used to get goods to market.
Enjoy a colorful haven of sweet and savory baked goods just off Main Street. Take your pick of a sandwiches and pretzel or opt for a cookie or muffin instead.
Homemade comfort bites, decadent French macarons, and a wide tea selection make this cozy cafe the perfect place to caffeinated and grab a bite to eat for the road.
If you are a dog person, this shop is for you! Dedicated to four-legged friends of the puppy type, this store has everything from leashes and sports team jerseys for your dog to breed artwork, greeting cards, and caps.
All the old-time candy you can possibly think of and toys that exude overwhelming nostalgia line the shelves of the Fredericksburg General Store. Consider this your go-to spot for Fredericksburg paraphernalia as well!
This store CANNOT be missed! Pickles, jams, butters, sauces, salsas, and every Texan food you can think of can be found at Rustlin' Rob's. The best part? Everything can be sampled! If you need to sober up before your drive back to Austin (or just need a snack), this store is your go-to.
Originally built in the 1800s, the Pioneer Memorial Library is one of the most gorgeous buildings on Main Street. The first floor houses the library itself, and the second floor functions as a community hall. This would be a gorgeous backdrop for family photos as well!
This gorgeous garden is America's only museum centered on World War II's Pacific campaign, and sprawls across 6 acres on the edges of downtown Fredericksburg. Be sure to take a look at the George H. W. Bush Gallery, a 33,000 sqft exhibition with over 40 media installations, 900 artifacts, and more.
In the center of Main Street sits the Vereins Kirche Museum, a beautiful iconic landmark of Fredericksburg known as "Society's Church." Inside is a collection of artifacts and photos from throughout the town's history.
Fredericksburg takes the best of small Texas towns and combines it with a little hint of German culture to create the most picture-perfect small town west of Austin. There are tons of other wineries near Fredericksburg to enjoy before or after visiting Main Street, as well as Enchanted Rock State Natural Area. If you're planning on visiting Enchanted Rock and Fredericksburg in the same day, be sure to plan on visiting downtown Fredericksburg second. Enchanted rock fills up fast and you won't want to hike after eating and drinking in town.
I hope this guide is helpful! DM me on Instagram and tell me if you've been, what your favorites are, or what you're looking to get out of the experience and I can share even more info with you.