South of downtown San Antonio lies a clue into the ancient cultural context of Texas thanks to the 25-block King William Historic District, a popular attraction for history buffs, architectural aficionados and curious travelers alike. The neighborhood has seen many changes since it was originally owned by the Mission San Antonio de Valero, including the prominent German influence after the large immigration in the 1840s — the neighborhood was once affectionately nicknamed ‘Sauerkraut Bend.’
Today, visitors can explore the quaint village, complete with impressive mansions designed in Greek Revival, Victorian and Italianate styles. The preserved residences have since been reimagined into shops, cafes and museums for all adventurers to enjoy.
The King William Historic District is located south of downtown San Antonio. Admission to the neighborhood is free and open daily, though the cost and hours of activities and shopping within the district may vary.