1910 – The Planned Amusement Park

In 1910, Biesenbach sold the property to Egbert von Simon, a retired cavalry captain, whose plans soon surpassed the mild touristic ambitions of his predecessor. The idea was that Schloss Drachenburg become a leisure park, pull in masses of visitors and turn into an economically attractive proposition. Von Simon planned a huge festival Theatre, a hotel building and a hangar for an airship that could be used for short pleasure flights. Ultimately, though, he was unable to finance these features. He arranged only garden and art exhibitions and run a nature theatre. In 1915, he fell during combat in the First World War.