Castroville is home to one of the oldest structures in Texas, the Steinbach House. This house, originally built in the 1600s in Wahlbach, France, was relocated and restored in Castroville as a gift to the city from the people of Alsace. Beautifully decorated in period pieces donated by numerous Alsatian friends, it’s a definite site to see and must stop in Castroville.
The village of Castroville is nestled along the emerald-green Medina River. It was founded in 1844 by Henri Castro. Castroville now is a mere 15 miles west of San Antonio. Known as “The Little Alsace of Texas” the town has mingled its Alsatian heritage of yesteryear with the flare of Texas.
Castroville is meant to be indulged slowly at your own leisurely pace. Slip on your walking shoes, follow the signs, and take a self-guided walking tour featuring over 60 historic dwellings from the mid 19th century. It’s truly a step back in time as you encounter Alsatian-style cottages and architecture of that era.
The Castroville Regional Park along the pristine Medina River was a great place for our hike. Beautiful pecan and cypress tree provided shade for our walk.