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"Ah, Brunwald Castle. I don't know how I'm going to find Dad in a maze like this, but I'll think of something..."
Indiana Jones[src]

Situated just north of Salzburg, Castle Brunwald lay the Austro-German border.


"Your father is being held in the Castle of Brunwald, on the Austrian-German border."

Henry and Indy held at gunpoint.

A medieval castle[1] used by Nazis as a secret base, Castle Brunwald was where Henry Jones, Sr. was kept after being captured in Venice. The castle held many fine tapestries as part of the Brunwald family's art collection.[2]

Indiana Jones and Elsa Schneider entered the castle to rescue his father, and knocked out the Butler who didn't believe Jones' cover story. Jones located his father's room and entered through the window. However, when they exited, he was confronted by Vogel who pretended to have captured Elsa; Indy, to save her life, surrendered the Grail Diary to him, after which Elsa revealed her true affiliation.[2]

The two Joneses were re-captured, and met Donovan there, who also turned out to be a Nazi. The Joneses were tied on a chair and unintentionally burned down a portion of the castle before escaping on a motorcycle with sidecar.[2]

After that, they traveled to Berlin to retrieve the Grail Diary.[2]


By 1938, items in the Brunwald art collection in 1938 included:[3]

Behind the scenes[]

During the development of Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, Menno Meyjes' second draft for his script featured the Krak des Chevaliers in Syria as the castle in which Henry Walton Jones, Senior was imprisoned by the Nazis.[4] During the writing of Jeffrey Boam's script, Castle Brunwald was called Grunwald. Writer Tom Stoppard changed the name in his revisions. Indiana Jones: The Pinball Adventure, released four years after the movie, uses Grunewald.

The idea of a castle in the third film was carried over from Indiana Jones and the Monkey King, an ultimately rejected script written by Chris Columbus. That story began in a Scottish mansion that was haunted by a ghostly baron named Seamus Seagrove III.[4]

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Schloss Buerresheim, near the city of Mayen in Rhineland-Pfalz

The real castle used for the film, Schloss Bürresheim, lies in Rhineland-Pfalz, in the Mayen-Koblenz district.[5] Secluded in a forested valley in the Eifel Mountains near Burg Olbrück and Castle Nürburg, it still retains some of the oppressive aura seen in the movie, however, there are no fine tapestries hanging on the walls. The castle was also used in the 1994 made-for-television film Prince Brat and the Whipping Boy, which is based on a story by Sid Fleischman.

Castle Brunwald was also featured in the video game Maniac Mansion, which was produced by Lucasfilm. A painting of a castle is featured in the living room, to which the player remarks "That is Castle Brunwald".

One historical error in the movie is showing Austria as a distinct country in 1938, past March: The Nazis annexed Austria in March 1938, following a mockery of a referendum.



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