Falkenstein Castle: A Texas-Sized Fairy Tale in the Hill Country

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The director of the museum at Neuschwanstein went on to explain that because of disagreements over his construction projects with his uncle, King Ludwig had kept the Falkenstein project secret and had hidden the drawings in Neuschwanstein. Even more intrigued now, the Youngs asked the director to see the drawings in question. The director regretfully explained that the previous director, Wilhelm Kienberger, had taken the drawings with him to work on a book about King Ludwig. He did, however, give them the former castle director’s address in Lechbruch, Germany, and a complete tour of the remaining unfinished sections of the castle normally closed to the general public.

The Youngs departed and went to Lechbruch to locate Mr. Kienberger.  After hearing the passion and interest of the Youngs, Mr. Kienberger went so far as to make copies of Christian Janks artist rendering of Falkenstein Castle along with other detail sketches. Terry and Kim left with the ineffable feeling that they truly had something special. Upon their return flight home, Mr. Young looked at Mrs. Young and boldly asked, “Sweetheart,  what would you think about spending the next ten years or so, building our own Falkenstein Castle,  in Texas?”  To which Kim smiled and replied, “Why not!” And so they did.

The Youngs returned to the town of Burnet, Texas, and began the process of building their very own Texas-sized fairy tale castle. Today, Falkenstein Castle is a popular wedding and event destination. The grounds are teeming with the beauty of the Texas Hill Country and new people every day share in the magic inspired by the “mad King of Bavaria.”

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