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Highlights of the German Heritage Trail

A German heritage walking or driving tour through Austin, Texas. Follow in the footsteps of some of the first brave settlers of Texas - who came all the way from Germany for a look at the New World, and a chance at a better life.

  • 1.

    Turner Hall

    Turner Hall

    A Recorded Texas Historic Landmark, the building blends mission style architecture with Arabian accents.

  • 2.

    Walter Tips Building

    Walter Tips Building

    Originally a hardware store, the Tips Building has presided over this street since before 1872.

  • 3.

    Hannig Building

    Hannig Building

    The Hannig Building is a City of Austin Landmark and contributes to the Sixth Street NR district.

  • 4.

    Henry Hirschfeld House and Cottage

    Henry Hirschfeld House and Cottage

    Built in 1885, this home supported the hard-working, high-rising, 8-child Hirschfeld family.

  • 5.

    German Free School

    German Free School

    Education was a primary concern for German immigrants arriving in Texas in the 1840s & 1850s.

  • 6.

    Sholz Garden

    Sholz Garden

    Scholz is the "oldest tavern continuously operating at one location" in Texas.

  • 7.

    About the German Heritage Trail

    About the German Heritage Trail

    Wander the paths first taken by German settlers in the early 1800s as they tried to eek out a living.

  • 8.

    Joseph and Susanna Dickinson Hannig House

    Joseph and Susanna Dickinson Hannig House

    Remembering Susanna Dickinson, "Messenger of the Alamo."

  • 9.

    F. Weigl Iron Works

    F. Weigl Iron Works

    The son of an iron worker in Bavaria traveled across the globe to find his fortune.

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