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8 U.S. towns with a Bavarian twist

Fredericksburg, Texas, Christmas pyramid

Photo: Steve Rawls/Fredericksburg CVB

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Fredericksburg, Texas

Settled by German immigrants in the 19th century, Fredericksburg remains close to its roots with many of its original German-style buildings still in use and festivals like Oktoberfest and Weihnachten, a traditional holiday celebration. Brewhouses, wine bars, art galleries, and bed-and-breakfasts have taken up residence in the old buildings, many of which were constructed using local limestone. Fredericksburg also has 26-foot Christmas pyramid (shown here), which was made in Germany and dedicated in 2009. Aside from the authentic ambiance and delicious Bavarian cuisine, Fredericksburg is a haven for wine-lovers, who come to tour the nearby Hill Country vineyards about 75 miles from San Antonio and Austin.