German Texans Heritage Society | Kids Out and About Austin

German Texans Heritage Society

507 East 10th Street
Austin , TX , 78701
Phone: (512) 467-4569
30° 16' 12.3708" N, 97° 44' 10.9932" W
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Located in the heart of the Red River Cultural District you will find one of Austin’s best kept secrets, a historical building and terraced gardens. The German Free School was built in 1857 and today is Austin’s 3rd oldest building. After having served as German based school for about 30 years in the mid-1800s, today it comprises the headquarters of the German-Texan Heritage Society (GTHS). GTHS is a nonprofit organization committed to the preservation of the history and heritage of German-Texans with an eye towards present day German culture and language. It is known for its festivals and programs. Per the Austin Chronicle 2018 - “the German-Texan Heritage Society certainly brings the most authentic Oktoberfest game in town”. Want to learn more German words? GTHS can help. We offer German language programs for both adults and children based on worldwide recognized standards set by the Goethe-Institut, Germany’s cultural institute. Join us for OKTOBERFEST in the fall and get to know its Little Sister, MAIFEST, in the spring. Come back in winter and enjoy some Glühwein and real German holiday cheer at our - CHRISTMAS MARKET. All events are held on the grounds of our historical German Free School. Wander back in time and experience live music, food, and Gemütlichkeit in our beautiful gardens. Gemütlichkeit, you ask? It’s a German word used to describe a state of belonging, warmth, and friendliness.
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Sunday: Closed
Monday: Closed
Tuesday: Closed
Wednesday: 12:00 pm-3:00 pm
Thursday: 12:00 pm-3:00 pm
Friday: Closed
Saturday: Closed
We offer beginning, intermediate and advanced German Language lessons for ages 3 – 5 (who are potty trained) up to 13 years of age. Our native German teachers playfully teach your children through arts and crafts, simple lessons, guided play & more.

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