photograph by Michelle Dapra   Michelle Dapra

Best Neighborhood Castle

Elisabet Ney Museum

It's a beautiful day in the Ney-borhood. And who wouldn't love this personal-scale castle/studio, built by the late German sculptress after emigrating to Texas in the mid-1800s? View her works amid the cool hush of the main rooms, then climb the turret or wander the grounds where, in Ney's day, a small lagoon afforded boating. Each June, the castle hosts a series of children's story hours, culminating in a fairy tale costume party where small princesses and dragons consume cookies made from Ney's cook's original recipe. Some enchanted evening, indeed.

Elisabet Ney Museum
304 E. 44th, 512/458-2255
www.austintexas.gov/elisabetney

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