Texas Couple Builds Bavarian Castle

Decked out with turrets and fortified walls, a Bavarian castle on the outskirts of Austin, Texas, is turning heads. The mind-boggling estate is the brainchild of architect and developer Terry Young and his wife Kim. The couple ventured to Bavaria in 1995 and came across plans for an unfinished castle imagined by King Ludwig II — the monarch who commissioned the fairytale Neuschwanstein Castle — and decided to bring his flight of fancy to life back in the U.S. The Youngs spent around a decade constructing King Ludwig II's never-built Falkenstein Castle out of chunks of limestone and granite, and today their stately 6-bedroom abode is available via Airbnb for $1,518 per night. The castle can accommodate up to 16 guests at a time, and on-site amenities include a pool table, ping pong table, 1,000+ DVD collection, a 40,000 gallon koi pond, and a gazebo with a charcoal grill. The kitchen is well-equipped with everything guests might need, and the master bedroom comes with an en suite bathroom that boasts a tower shower. The castle is set amid 133 acres of state park with a labyrinth of hiking trails to explore, while the city of Austin is just a 45-minute drive away.