Here is the Manor Castles definitive guide to the very best luxury castle hotels in Germany, hotels that provide accommodation which no other type of luxury hotel can match.
Its convenience to Frankfurt makes the town, and the castle, a popular place both for overnight stays and for day trips.
There is plenty of history around here and you’ll find other castles and historical sites around but none quite like Schönburg Castle Hotel.
Its location is stunning; it is a real towering fortress overlooking the lush, green Rhineland countryside. The building itself is beautiful, a classic German fairytale like castle that has an abundance of medieval atmosphere and mystery.
The rooms are opulent and charmingly old fashioned, but lack nothing in terms of modern comforts. There is a fantastic restaurant at Schönburg, one of the best in the region, and you can enjoy some sumptuous meals in the suitably lavish Knight’s Hall dining room.
The grounds outside are wonderful for evening strolls with winding pathways through the beauitfully tended gardens with little surprises around every corner; giant chess boards, old fashioned swings, art installations, little secret hideaways and more.
Schönburg Castle has a history going back around a thousand years in this always very important region of Europe, the Middle Rhine Valley. The town of Oberwesel and the castle, was, from the 12th Century, the property of the Duke of Schönburg who amongst other things made a huge amount of money taxing traders moving goods up and down the Rhine to and from various parts of Northern and Central Europe.
It remained the main residence of the Schönburgs for centuries and the family would produce some distinguished figures over the years. The most well known perhaps being Friedrich von Schönburg, a very famous military man he served in some of Europe’s most important battles for various belligerents including the Prussians, the Portuguese and the French. He was also to involve himself with King William of Orange’s many religious struggles in the Britain and Ireland of the time, including the infamous Battle of the Boyne in 1690 where he was to lose his life.
1689’s Palatinate Heritage War saw the castle destroyed by fire and not repaired. It would stay like that for over two centuries until an American family with obvious local origins by virtue of their surname Rhinelander bought the castle and did a tremendous job of restoring it. The Rhinelander family would make a home of Schönburg until 1950 when it was sold to the local Oberwesel town council. They leased it in turn to the Hüttl family, the third generation of which is still at the castle today helping it to become, undoubtedly, one of the best castle hotels in Germany.
WHAT TO EXPECT:
The building is spectacular from the outside, especially when viewed from below, but has a romantic medieval charm on the inside. They have 25 rooms and suites on offer, all B&B and all of which have balconies or terraces from which to enjoy some stunning views over the river, the vineyards and the gentle green hills of the surrounding Rhineland countryside.
All of them are spacious and with seating areas, and they are thoroughly elegant from top to bottom, with the beds being either the coronet or four poster type. They all have modern facilities of course; WiFi, cable TV and mini bar for example but nothing is allowed to distract much from the medieval ambience.
You can expect a fantastic breakfast and enjoy some sumptuous multi course evening meals in the relatively formal atmosphere of the Knight’s Hall, a splendid main room befitting such a splendid building. There are lounges and reading rooms around the building too and you can wander up through the lovely winding staircases to admire the views from traditional leaded windows. Outside the gardens are also lovely to wander around, with flowers beds, various statutes and art installations dotted about. T
he views from here too are fantastic of course and you can take a stroll down to the lovely village of Oberwesel below which sits on the banks of the river and has a few nice traditional restaurants, shops and cafes. If wine is your thing there are many wineries and vineyards in the surrounding region and you can arrange visits and tours direct from the castle. In terms of location, Frankfurt and Mannheim are around an hour’s drive away with Mainz being just a half an hour.
A work in progress; more castle hotels in Germany to be added soon…