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San Antonio's German Heritage

Discover San Antonio's Incredible German Roots 

San Antonio’s culture is diverse. And yes, we have German heritage, too. In the 1840s, a group of German noblemen formed the Adelsverein group to protect German immigrants coming to Texas and secure land for them in the Texas Hill Country. Today, that land includes visitor favorites like the towns of Fredericksburg, Comfort, Boerne, and New Braunfels.

German immigrants also moved to San Antonio. One such immigrant was Carl Hilmar Guenther, founder of Pioneer Flour Mills. In 1860, he built an elegant home nestled between his mill and the San Antonio River, now known as the Guenther House — a favorite for brunch along the River Walk.

Also happening in the late 1800s, other prominent German merchants settled the King William neighborhood. Today, it is the state’s first zoned historic district and one of the most stylish residential areas in the city.

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