Known as the “Gateway to the Rolling Hills,” Schulenburg, Texas offers lively German culture, exciting Polka music, and fun festivals year round. Schulenburg is located about an hour and a half away from three of Texas’ biggest cities—Austin, Houston, and San Antonio—making it an ideal halfway point for travelers and road-trippers. It’s also a great place for families spread out across Texas to meet up for lunch, as my family did this past weekend.
My parents, my aunt, my cousins and I each live in different cities—Houston, San Antonio, and Austin—and decided to meet at Sengelmann Hall for lunch. This restaurant doubles as a dance hall and offers music and dancing until 11 pm, or until the last person leaves, Wednesday through Saturday.
After your feet are rested from the two-stepping and Polka dancing, check out the Painted Churches Tour. This acclaimed tour gives you the opportunity to see churches with beautiful stenciling, vibrant stained glass windows, European artwork, and writing in Czech. The churches have been in Schulenburg for generations and one, St. Mary’s Parish, has been around for more than 100 years.
Before your trip to Schulenburg, Texas is over, be sure to stop by Kountry Bakery. This family-owned bakery features Czech- and German-inspired pastry delights. Kolaches, pies, cakes, and breads—you might just have to try them all!
Whether you’re meeting family for a weekend lunch, dancing the night away at Sengelmann Hall, or enjoying some fresh baked treats, Schulenburg offers flavor and fun that’s sure to delight.
By Elizabeth Toedt