Fredericksburg is a smile on the face of central Texas. This community (approximately 11,500 residents) was founded by German immigrants and settlers in 1846 to serve the surrounding Texas Hill Country. This perfect blend of a traditional German village and a small Texas town – seamlessly combining cactus, tumbleweeds and biergartens – sits peacefully in the midst of rolling hills, bluebonnets, live oaks and fresh Texas air. Independently, the town made its own peace treaty with the local Native Americans. That treaty remains unbroken, is still in force and is reaffirmed annually. The rich land around Fredericksburg supports ranches, farms, wineries, lavender and herb fields, as well as multiple artist and craft studios. In the spring, blue bonnet fans come from around the world as the area abounds in Texas wildflowers.