1971 – Decline and a New Beginning / the Spinat Era

For the next ten years, from 1960 to 1970, Schloss Drachenburg stood empty, visibly disintegrating. Although demolition as planned was prevented in 1963, it was not until 1971 that the property gained a new private owner – Paul Spinat, who had the complex maintained and refurbished. Young artists helped to freely reconstruct the missing mural paintings. In 1973, Spinat opened Schloss Drachenburg to the general public. Until his death in 1989, the eccentric castle-owner, about whom numerous stories abound, resided in the Drachenburg or in the Burghof.