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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.

For a time, it was used by Nazis as a secret base. Henry Jones, Sr. was captured and kept there. The castle held many fine tapestries as part of the Brunwald family's art collection.


Henry and Indy held at gunpoint.

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.

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.

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

Brunwald art collection[]

Items in the Brunwald collection in 1938 included:

Behind the scenes[]

During the development of Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, Menno Meyjes' second draft for his script featured the Krak des Chavaliers in Syria as the castle in which Henry Walton Jones, Senior was imprisoned by the Nazis.[1] During the writing of Jeffrey Boam's script, Castle Brunwald was called Grunwald. Writer Tom Stoppard changed the name in his revisions.

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.[1]

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.[2] Secluded in a forested valley in the Eifel Mountains near Burg Olbrück and Castle Nürburg, it still retains some of the oppresive aura seen in the movie, however, there are no fine tapstries 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.



Notes and references[]

  1. 1.0 1.1 The Complete Making of Indiana Jones, Chapter 9: "The Monkey King: July 1984 to May 1988", p. 184–203
  2. Around the World with Indiana Jones on (backup link on