Unique Stay in Germany’s Castle Hotels
A beautiful and scenic country where the old world meets the modern world in a wondrous mix of ancient and present culture, Germany, or Deutchland, is a place of rolling hills and high mountains, small towns with cobblestone streets and homes accented with colorful flower boxes. It is also a place where the chance to stay in a centuries old castle really is bringing the experiences of the ancient world into the present.
With more than 20,000 castles throughout the country, many have been transformed from historical monuments to castle hotels where visitors can stay in a tower room or take in the landscape from high above a valley below. Many of these include fascinating museums and wonderful restaurants for a complete luxury experience, so here are what can be considered the top five castle hotels in Germany where one does not have to be a king to live like one … at least for awhile.
5. Castle Hotel Liebenstein. The highest castle located in the picturesque Middle Rhine Valley, between Marksburg and sitting atop the Lorelei cliff, at Liebenstein rooms cost North of 105 Euros, but the breathtaking views of the surrounding landscape certainly make it worthwhile .
Located near Kamp-Bornhofen across the way from the Sterrenberg Castle, the two castles are known as the “hostile brothers,” mainly because legend says that the Liebenstein Castle has been built for the younger of two brothers who was feuding over a woman, causing a permanent split in the family.
Images by Castle Liebenstein
4. Castle Auf Schoenburg. An UNESCO World Heritage site located above the medieval town of Oberwesel and dating back as far as the year 911, the Auf Schonburg Castle impresses with the stone tower room where the wooden balcony overlooks the Rhine River, a restaurant lit by candles or a library to spend some quality time with a glass of red wine.
Images by Hotel Schoenburg.com
3. Castle Sababurg. The setting for the legend of Sleeping Beauty (where she slept for 100 years before a kiss saved her), the Sababurg Castle is located along the German Fairy Tale Road which leads to the towns and countryside that inspired the Grimm brothers fairy tales. Surrounded by a gorgeous park with tall, ancient oak trees, that would make walking an amazing thing, the 650-year old castle also offers wonderful outdoor theater performances in the summertime.
2. Castle Hotel Hugenpoet. Located near the city of Dusseldorf, the Hugenpoet Castle is rated as a five star hotel thanks to its luxury amenities, gourmet cuisine or the extensive spa facilities it packs inside of a 17th century chateau. Surrounded by a moat and located on the Ruhr Meadows, visitors can stay in a tower room or one of the villas located on the castle grounds, but be advised it’s not for the budget traveler as room prices start from 225 Euros per night.
Images by Hugenpoet Hotel
1. Castle Hotel Colmberg. Located on a mountain overlooking the Franconia region, the fortified 1,000-year-old Castle Hotel Colmberg of Bavaria has managed to create a perfect blend between its antique charm withÂ four-poster beds and ancient paintings, and the lavish furnishings a luxury hotel has on offer.
The Castle Hotel Colmberg attractions include walks on the Castle RoadÂ that leads to other castles and the Romantic Road that will take you through the wine country to the foothills of the German alps. Eat fresh hunted game and enjoy the Bavarian scenery from every room.
Single rooms are 42 Euros, while double rooms range between 79 and 130 Euros depending on what you choose.
Images by Burg Colmberg Hotel