If food, wine, history and romance are important factors in choosing a hotel, but you prefer the modern over the rustic, then Stromburg Castle near the Hunsrück mountains and the River Rhine is a solid choice. It is owned by one of Germany’s most famous TV chefs, the Michelin Star award winning Johann Lafer and is something of a place of pilgrimage for food lovers in the north west of the country.
The castle, which dates back to the 11th century is located above the tiny village of Stromberg, at the edge of the mountains, and has sweeping views over the surrounding countryside. It is a boutique hotel with a small number of modern, contemporary style rooms, and a classy, refined atmosphere throughout.
There are only 14, very sleek, rooms and suites at Stromburg and so booking ahead is well advised. Take a look at your options on the booking page here.
The style of the rooms is best described as contemporary, minimalist chic so if you want the feeling of waking up in the 16th century then this isn’t the place for you. They have all the comfort and facilities (smart TVs, ipod docks, espresso machines etc.) of modern luxury hotel rooms but transplanted into a medieval castle.
Most of the rest of the hotel follows suit; it’s only really when you talk a walk around the grounds that the historical aesthetics of the place become apparent. From the grounds too the views over the village and the surrounding wooded hills are really quite stunning.
FACILITIES & THINGS TO DO:
Though a lovely hotel in many aspects Stromburg is really only famous for one thing, well ok two things; its food and its celebrity, Michelin Star winning, chef owner, Johann Lafer.
It has two restaurants, Le Val d’Or and Bistro d’Or both of which are very highly rated. Le Val offers a formal, fine dining experience, with some extravagant taster menus to be particularly recommended, while the Bistro is a more laid back, traditional venue with some hearty old style German food on offer. The wine collection at Stromburg includes over 200 locally produced Nahe wines as well as hundreds of international, particularly French.
Stromburg sits on a hill above the scenic village of almost the same name, Stromberg, in the heart of Rhineland-Palatinate’s Bingen Forest (Binger Wald), and close to the Rhine River.
The area is famous for its wines and is beautifully rural and scenic; a land of wooded hills, ancient vineyards and castles. The hotel, as well of course as being a castle itself, is close to two of Rhineland’s most famous; around 20 km from Rheinstein Castle and and slightly more from Reichenstein Castle. The nearest major airport is Frankfurt international just under an hour to the east.
WHAT OTHER GUESTS SAY:
“Exceptional. What an amazing place. Felt 5 stars as it just has had new owners. Amazing decor, comfiest beds, perfect breakfast. Really close to Bingen and the Rhine….”
“A wonderful value and quality stay. We were greeted with champagne and beautiful sunset views. Rooms are polished and high end. Dinner (saffron risotto & white fish) and included breakfast (omelette, rolls, fruit, latte) was excellent. Wonderful way to end our trip!…”
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