City insider: Fredricksburg

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City insider: Fredricksburg


Fredericksburg is a city in central Texas, known for its wineries. Fredericksburg was founded in 1846 and named after Prince Frederick of Prussia. Old-time German residents often referred to Fredericksburg as Fritztown, a nickname that is still used in some businesses. The city’s German heritage is on display at the Pioneer Museum, which features settlers’ homesteads and artifacts. In the nearby town square, Marktplatz, the Vereins Kirche is a replica of a 19th-century German church that once stood in the city.

Fredericksburg is the birthplace of Fleet Admiral Chester Nimitz. The city is home to the vast National Museum of the Pacific War featuring WWII exhibits, including a recreated combat zone.

Hidden away amidst the quaint German community is one of the most bustling wine industries in the United States. With over 45 vineyards and wineries around Fredericksburg and the surrounding Hill Country – the area is a prime destination for lovers of wine. Wine production in Fredericksburg dates back to the original settlers who used the native mustang grape to produce their wines.

To learn more, visit the City of Fredericksburg website or Visit Fredericksburg TX website.