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Braunfels
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Braunfels


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Name: Braunfels
Location: Braunfels
Country: Germany

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The original castle of the counts of Solms dates back to 1250. After many remodeling the castle acquired its present form in 1885. It is an excellent representative of the archaizing tendencies of the late nineteenth century. It houses a wonderful collection of art that is open to the public.


Visitor Accounts


Sonny Carter, from Digital Imaging Cammie G. Henry Research Center Northwestern State University of Louisiana, wrote:
I was leaving a meeting in Solms, about to return to Wetzlar where I was staying, and made a wrong turn. I had a few minutes, and decided to see where the road led. As I drove up a hill, and rounded a turn, Braunfels Castle loomed above me. I had lived in Wetzlar many years before, just a few kilometers away, and was unaware of this Castle. I went back to town, snatched my wife away from shopping, and we toured the castle that afternoon. The collections inside of antique furniture, paintings, armor and memorabilia from the Braunfels Counts is striking. Later, throughout our tour of that region, we found other connections to the castle, including one daughter of the family who gave up everything and worked for the poor. Another fascinating charater was “Texas Charlie,” the Count who moved to Texas to build New Braunfels, the famous German Community. Braunfels is worth the visit. It's off the beaten track, but an easy drive from Frankfurt. I have a nice picture of the castle on my website.
Ruthe J. Peterson, 64, from Farmington Hills, Michigan, wrote:
I visited The Kaiser's castle in 1982 and enjoyed it immensely. The floors were all smooth hardwood. There were bedrooms of soft pastel colors, with the drapes and bedcovers, carpets matching to bring a fine look to all the rooms. The Kaiser's Throne was well-worn. He must have been a very tall man because he had a bronze bathtub about 7'-8' long. His gardens were lovely also. If I have the chance to go back, I will because, I know I will get a greater appreciation of it. I also have had the privilege to visit Windsor castle in Britain, castles in Sweden Switzerland, Norway & Denmark They all were wonderful experiences except Windsor.
Sue Tate, 40, from Orlando, Fl. Originally - Abilene, Tx. wrote:
During an oversea tour with the Army, my family spent 3 years in Germany. We lived in Giessen and Hanau. One of our favorite “day trips” was to the Braunfels castle. This castle boasts an impressive weapons museum and tour through the castle proper. It's hardwood floors and rooms are wonderful to walk through and imagine how life might have been. One of the items in the castle is a planning map of the city of New Braunfels, Texas. The owners of the castle and their family are the founders of the Texas city. Which explains the city's German influence, like its celebration of “Oktoberfest. “The castle sits between a wonderful park and small village. The village is so quaint with warm natives who make their visitors feel welcome. This is an absolute “MUST SEE” if you're anywhere in the area.
Milli Ochs, 64, from Northern California, USA, wrote:
I, too, visited Braunfels Castle, with my son-in-law while he and my daughter were both stationed in Geissen while serving in the US Army. It was a wonderful experience, which I hope to repeat one day. This was in 1978. My daughter, her best friend, her friends mother, and myself also visited three of King Lugwigs Bavarian castles. What a fantastic experience. Germany is truly a gorgeous country, and a land of which fairy tales are made. I enjoyed every minute of the entire month I spent there.
Sonny Carter, from Northwestern State University of Louisiana, wrote:
I was leaving a meeting in Solms, about to return to Wetzlar where I was staying, and made a wrong turn. I had a few minutes, and decided to see where the road led. As I drove up a hill, and rounded a turn, Braunfels Castle loomed above me. I had lived in Wetzlar many years before, just a few kilometers away, and was unaware of this Castle. I went back to town, snatched my wife away from shopping, and we toured the castle that afternoon. The collections inside of antique furniture, paintings, armor and memorabilia from the Braunfels Counts is striking. Later, throughout our tour of that region, we found other connections to the castle, including one daughter of the family who gave up everything and worked for the poor. Another fascinating character was “Texas Charlie,” the Count who moved to Texas to build New Braunfels, the famous German Community. Braunfels is worth the visit. It's off the beaten track, but an easy drive from Frankfurt.
C.D. Kinsey, 36, from California, wrote:
I first visited this castle as a girl in the mid-1970's. It is not the fantasy-castle that is Neuschwanstein, but more representative of what medieval castles may have been like. I was very impressed. I revisited the castle in 1992, with my husband. Both then and now I enjoyed the countryside, the artwork, the armor, the history attached to this wonderful place. My favorite painting would be of the herd of elk. I don't want to give away the surprise, but if you do go and tour the castle, look for this large painting. I highly recommend this castle to visitors.
Deborah Byrd, 32, from Liberty Mississippi, USA, wrote:
My mom and I visited this castle the first time in 1991 as part of a tour sponsored by the Germany Army for the families of American Soldiers serving in the Gulf War. It is a beautiful castle and the surrounding countryside is also. After my husband returned, I took him there and he was very impressed with the beauty of the place and the history of it. It was really awesome– we especially liked the tour of the old weapons and all. I think this is a must see if you are in the area. We lived in Geissen at the time, and it was a pleasant drive from there. The surrounding town is also a very pretty place and the food is good at the little cafe just outside the main entrance of the castle. Hope you get to enjoy it!!


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