Schloss Weitenburg, a Castle Hotel near Stuttgart and the lovely old university city of Tübingen, Germany, has a history going back nearly a thousand years, a Michelin Star-awarded restaurant, and a stunning setting overlooking the Neckar Valley between the Black Forest and the Swabian Alps.
They have a selection of thirty single and double rooms with a mixture of rustic traditional and sleek contemporary styles. We imagine most of you would prefer the historical rooms which have some lovely touches, with four poster beds, and some choice antique furniture and art pieces. Check them out on the booking page here.
The different style rooms are not listed separately on the booking page though so if you want to be sure of getting a historical room, write a request on the after-booking form.
The rest of the hotel is suitably old-style, lavishly decorated, and with lots of historical features still intact. It is a delightfully atmospheric place and feels like a journey back in time.
Check out all the details – prices, reviews, and more photos – on the booking page here.
FACILITIES & THINGS TO DO:
The restaurant at Schloss Weitenburg is surprisingly unknown to foreign tourists in this part of Germany. It first opened its doors in 1954 and is still one of the finest restaurants around, now with a Michelin Star to its name.
It does creative and stylish takes on local, traditional Swabian cuisine (which includes a lot of game meat) in the lovely old dining hall, or on the terrace with tremendous views over the Neckar Valley.
Its wine list has a nice selection of local fine wines too mainly from Württemberg and Baden, and the breakfast, included in the room rate, is a generous, fresh feast.
One of the most beautiful golf courses in Southern Germany, Golf Course Castle Weitenburg, is just down the hill with guests being granted discounted access.
There is much natural beauty in this area with many lovely hiking trails and forest walks around the surrounding hills and you can also explore the famous Neckar River by boat or canoe.
A LITTLE HISTORY:
Weitenburg Castle was first mentioned way back in 1062 in documents discovered at the Hirsau Monastery in the Black Forest. The present building dates from later times, starting from 1583 when Jakob von Ehningen built the sturdy fortress building of the castle, much of which is still in evidence today in the enormous walls and staircase gables.
In 1681 the owner of the time, Jakob Christoph Rassler, was made a Baron by Emperor Leopold I of Habsburg, granting him, and all his descendants at the castle, the title of Baron or Baroness von Gamerschwang.
Slightly more colloquially they also became known as the Barons and Baronesses Von Rassler, and today the family still holds the same title, and ownership of the castle.
In 1730 much work was done on the castle including the removal of the moat, making it less of a defensive fortress and more of a manor house type residence. More was to follow in 1869 when the Baroque-style south wing and the old chapel were torn down and replaced by a Neo-Gothic style construction.
Up to that point, Weitenburg had always been a private residence but in 1954 Baron Max-Richard von Rassler opened first the restaurant, then the hotel, to paying customers.
Much success followed for both enterprises and to this day it remains in the hands of the von Rassler family, with Baron Max-Richard’s son, Baron Max-Richard von Rassler (Jr.), now representing the family in its 9th generation of ownership.
“Absolutely beautiful place. Honestly the pictures do not do it justice. We were wondering if it would be tacky or authentic and it was definitely the latter. Deco was sumptuous. Room was plush and luxurious for a steal of a price. Michelin star restaurant we didn’t even know about. Surrounded by beautiful countryside. This place was like a dream….”
“Spectacular views in a beautiful, historical setting. The rooms were lovely, and the dinner at the restaurant was the best we had on our two-week European vacation….”
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