Fredericksburg is the heart of the Texas Hill Country. German farmers settled here in 1846, attracted by fertile soil and a mild climate. Much of Fredericksburg’s distinctive past remains in many native limestone houses, stores, public buildings, monuments and a square. Shops proudly featuring Texas and German art, crafts, antiques and culinary delights have made Main Street one of the state’s favorite destinations. Beyond, scenic spring-fed streams, reservoirs, caves and a massive granite dome provide all sorts of recreation opportunities in surrounding hills and valleys.