SPORTHALLE is more than the German word for Gym. To us, it’s a mindset. An attitude. A community.
The inspiration behind the SPORTHALLE is founded in the German tradition of “Turnvereins.” First opened in 1855, the New Braunfels Turnverein was originally a gymnastics club from the German word Turn (gymnastics) Verein (club). These clubs popped up all over Texas in the 1850s, including turnvereins that were established in Galveston (1851), Houston (1854), New Braunfels (1855), San Antonio (1855), and Comfort (1860). The German founders of these clubs included many original settlers of New Braunfels and Comfort. Civic leaders, teachers, artists, and scientists, such as Ferdinand Jacob Lindheimer, Friedrich Hermann Seele, and Peter Ingenhuett, helped form Turnvereins’.
These centers were so much more than gymnastics centers. They focused on social issues and had a commitment to charitable work. One of the main focuses of the movement was the placement of physical education in schools. They were also a hub of social life.
SPORTHALLE is a tribute to these communities, and it is our goal to not only help people on their journey to health and fitness but to give back generously and to grow bonds between members and the community.
When you walk into Sporthalle you can feel that its more than a building. Its a community.