10 Beautiful Buildings Inspired by Famous Books

Lichtenstein Castle, inspired by Wilhelm Hauff’s Lichtenstein

Though it looks like it could have been inspired by any fanciful tale of glory in the Middle Ages, this castle was actually erected in homage to a specific tale. In 1840, Duke Wilhelm of Urach, inspired by Wilhelm Hauff’s then-popular novel Lichtenstein, a romantic and patriotic view of German chivalry, commissioned a castle to be built on the ruins of the rumored ancient stronghold of the knights of Lichtenstein. The castle itself, a rather lovely if crumbling neo-gothic confection, was created by the architect Carl Alexander Heideloff.