Texas Lakes Trail Region

Participant in the Texas Historical Commission's
Texas Heritage Trails Program


Photo by TXDOT

Three land agent brothers--Anton, August and Emil Flusche--attracted German immigrants to farm fertile blacklands along lines of the Missouri, Kansas & Texas Railroad. A Catholic mass on December 8, 1889 marked the birth of Muenster, named for the capital of Westphalia, Germany. Several family-owned restaurants serve that German heritage as plates of bratwurst, Reuben sandwiches and homemade pies. Muenster’s culinary claim to fame, Fischer’s Meat Market and Grocery, opened in 1927 and still serves more than 30 kinds of smoked-on-site sausages, plus 100 kinds of dressings and pickles, preserves and syrups, relishes and sauces. The market’s Glockenspiel chimes the hour with animated characters—including a milkmaid, butcher and cow—rotating from a 45-foot-tall clock tower. There’s a German-style winery in town, with another tasting room in nearby Forestburg. There’s even a convenience store on US 82 known for Viennese strudel. The Muenster Museum chronicles local German heritage, featuring an 1870s pump organ from Sacred Heart Catholic Church, an 1890 Edison Victrola and a recreated 1940s kitchen. Each spring, GermanFest offers three days of German food, entertainment, fun run and bike rally.