When we are listing our favorite great escapes from Austin, Fredericksburg is always at the top of the list. Just an hour-and-a-half drive west from the Texas Capital— a gorgeous drive full of Hill Country scenery—this charming town is brimming with German heritage. You can shop on Main Street, explore the natural beauty of the area, and taste what’s new at the many wineries that are popping up all over the region.
We recommend staying for at least a weekend, but a day trip is never a bad idea. Here’s our guide to making the most of whatever time you have in Fredericksburg.
WHERE TO STAY
This charming Fredericksburg trio includes Stone Haus Ranch Haus, and Cottage, sleeping 10 total. The homes are located just one block from downtown Main Street, providing great access to shops, restaurants, wineries and more. Each has a private hot tub and patio.
511 West San Antonio Street, Fredericksburg TX 78624
This aviation-themed hotel features rooms designed to look like vintage aircraft hangars, a WWII-era diner, and a flight-themed bar.
155 Airport Rd, Fredericksburg, TX 78624
Hill Country Herb Garden
This bed and breakfast is excellent if you want the spa experience alongside your trip to the Hill Country! Guests can grab a bite to eat at the restaurant or indulge in deep-tissue massages, body wraps, or facials.
405 Whitney St, Fredericksburg, TX 78624
This charming bed and breakfast is located in the heart of downtown Fredericksburg and features cozy rooms, beautiful gardens, and a delicious breakfast each morning.
608 E Creek St, Fredericksburg, TX 78624
Fredericksburg Inn and Suites
This hotel offers a variety of accommodations, including standard rooms, suites, and cottages. It also features a pool, hot tub, and a complimentary breakfast.
201 S Washington St, Fredericksburg, TX 78624
Caliche Coffee serves small-batch coffee roasted in-house by Hill Country coffee pioneers Ranch Road Roasters. They have a spread of full breakfast menu items as well as pastries.
338 W Main St, Fredericksburg, TX 78624
Smack dab in the middle of Fredericksburg, Sunday Supply is a great place to get something simple and quick before you hit the shops, enjoy a curated picnic, or explore local Texas wines.
206 S Adams St, Fredericksburg, TX 78624
Hill & Vine
This is a homestyle venue serving classic burgers, small plates, and desserts—plus draft beer and wine.
210 S Adams St, Fredericksburg, TX 78624
Old German Bakery
This homey German bakeshop and eatery has a breakfast/lunch menu of potato pancakes, schnitzel, and more.
225 W Main St, Fredericksburg, TX 78624
William Chris Vineyards
This winery creates Old World-style Texas-grown wines. They have contemporary tasting rooms and a patio cafe, plus concerts on the weekends.
10352 US-290, Hye, TX 78635
Lost Draw Cellars
Lost Draw Cellars is committed to producing quality wines that highlight the unique terroir of the Texas High Plains. Explore Texas wines in a non-intimidating environment with their wine ambassadors.
113 E Park, Fredericksburg, TX 78624
As a new Fredericksburg estate, Augusta Vin is devoted to being a transcendent Texas Hill Country winery. Be sure to try the chef-inspired food menu to complement the exquisite wines in the two-story tasting room.
140 Augusta Vin Ln, Fredericksburg, TX 78624
Southhold Farm + Cellar
This vineyard prides itself on its thoughtful winemaking and has the best views of Texas Hill Country.
330 Minor Threat Ln, Fredericksburg, TX 78624
A boutique family vineyard that offers a tasting room, French country gardens, and farmhouse shopping at Joanna’s Market.
362 Livesay Ln, Fredericksburg, TX 78624
German-style beers are brewed on the premises at this large restaurant and pub with an Old World vibe.
6120 East, US-290, Fredericksburg, TX 78624
Chocolat (Quintessential Chocolates) specializes in liquor and wine-filled chocolates. Stop in for a complimentary piece!
251 W Main St, Fredericksburg, TX 78624
This airy eatery has local American breakfast-lunch fare, such as soups and sandwiches, plus wine and beer.
305 S Lincoln St, Fredericksburg, TX 78624
Tubby’s Ice House
Tubby’s is a creative burger and taco joint with no-frills indoor/outdoor seating, plus a playground for the kids.
318 E Austin St, Fredericksburg, TX 78624
Otto’s German Bistro
This cozy spot has fine German fare using locally sourced ingredients, with cocktails and a patio.
316 E Austin St, Fredericksburg, TX 78624
Here’s an unassuming food truck with limited outdoor seating and delicious 12-inch Neapolitan pizzas.
1180 US-87 South, Fredericksburg, TX 78624
Ausländer Biergarten and Restaurant
This German-themed restaurant and bar has a large selection of beers on tap and classic German dishes like bratwurst and sauerbraten.
323 E Main St, Fredericksburg, TX 78624
This unique restaurant and marketplace offers a fine dining experience and a gourmet grocery and gift shop. The menu features French-inspired cuisine with locally-sourced ingredients.
230 E Main St, Fredericksburg, TX 78624
This artisanal wine bar and market specializes in fine wines, cheeses, and charcuterie. This is the perfect spot to relax when you’re in between shops.
312 E Austin St, Fredericksburg, TX 78624
This is a charming spot for burgers, barbecue, and Tex-Mex, with indoor/outdoor seating, a full bar, and live music.
312 W Main St, Fredericksburg, TX 78624
Garrison Brothers Distillery
This is the first bourbon distillery outside of Kentucky. Come for a tour, and stay for the cocktails and pub fare.
1827 Hye-Albert Rd, Hye, TX 78635
The only speakeasy in Fredericksburg, this specialty cocktail lab is hidden in plain sight on a 10-acre orchard surrounded by blackberries, peaches, pears, plums, pecans, and grapes.
10091 US-290, Fredericksburg, TX 78624
National Museum of the Pacific War
Dedicated to all those who served in the Pacific War, the museum has expanded and gone under expansive renovation to make it the world’s premier museum about World War II’s Pacific Theater. In 2020, it was recognized as the fifth-best history museum in the United States.
311 E Austin St, Fredericksburg, TX 78624
This local shop sells custom hats, dresses, clothing, shoes, and jewelry.
339 E Main St, Fredericksburg, TX 78624
Simple Goods + Design
This home store brings you relaxed, modern home furnishings and accessories.
109 N Adams St, Fredericksburg, TX 78624
This is a must-see in Central Texas, a dramatic 425-ft. pink granite monolith and wilderness area offering hiking, climbing, camping & more.
16710 Ranch Rd 965, Fredericksburg, TX 78624