Castle Hotels, 9 of Germany’s Most Romantic Castles

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Castle Hotels in Germany’s Most Romantic Regions

Germany is home to some of the world’s most romantic castle hotels. Having lent its landscape of dark forests, rolling emerald hills, and sleepy valleys to the fairy tales we have grown with, you might be inclined to think of regions like Bavaria and Hesse as “Ever After”. The “Fairytale Route” and “Romantic Road” highlight centuries of Germanic folklore and Renaissance history -a history that has left a footprint of medieval times, echoing legends of monsters, knights and princesses…and maybe even a prince charming. Here are 9 of Germany’s most romantic castle hotels.

Baden-Wurttemberg, Germany

Schlosshotel Gotzenburg – A Knight’s Castle

Gotzenburg Castle

Gotzenburg Castle

Step inside this medieval 15th century castle hotel named after the famed German Knight, Götz, remembered by his Robin Hood type legend of stealing from the rich to give to the poor. He is also known as Götz of the Iron Hand, (due to a prosthetic he wore after losing his hand at the siege of Landshut). Every room here is unique with antiquated furnishings.

Getting there:

Jagsthausen is northeast of Heilbronn. From the A-81 autobahn, exit at Möckmühl and follow the signposts

Special package: Celestial Castle Dreams

Single rooms: 79–89 euros    Double rooms: 130–165 euros    Suites: 155–165 euros
Rates include breakfast, tax, and service

How to reach:

D-74249 Jagsthausen
Tel: ++49 (0) 7943 94360
Fax: ++49 (0) 7943 9436-200
Hotel website

Schloss Eberstein – The Dark Forest

Eberstein Castle

Eberstein Castle

This 13th century castle hotel overlooks the black forest, home to Hansel and Gretel’s evil witch, Little Red Riding Hood’s terrifying encounter with a toothy wolf, and believe it or not the cuckoo-clock. With two famed restaurants serving the region’s finest cuisine, you get Gothic castle ambiance with culinary delights. Take a romantic stroll on the nearby trails or check out the castle’s vineyards for some special couple time.

Getting there:

Jagsthausen is northeast of Heilbronn. From the A-81 autobahn, exit at Möckmühl and follow the signposts

10 rooms and 4 suites    Double rooms: 158–175 euros      Suites: 198–248 euros

How to reach:

76593 Gernsbach
Tel: ++49 (0) 7224 995 950
Fax: ++49 (0) 7224 995 550
Hotel website

Bavaria, Germany

Hotel Burg, Colmberg – Romantic Road

Colburg Castle

Colburg Castle

Just like a page from a storybook, this 13th-century castle hotel recalls Germany’s medieval and baroque period, commanding attention upon it’s hilltop and wrapped in the Bavarian Alps. This castle and it’s fairytale location on the Romantic Road is a perfect stay for exploring Rothenburg.

Getting there:

Colmberg is about 20 km east of Rothenburg. The nearest rail station is Fussen (5 km), a car is needed to get around.

24 rooms; 2 suites  Single rooms: from 49 euros  Double rooms: 99–155 euros Suites: 185 euros

Rates include breakfast, tax and service. Open: March through January

How to reach:

An der Burgenstrasse
D-91598 Colmberg
Tel: ++ (0)9803 91920
Fax: ++ (0)9803 262
Hotel website

Hesse, Germany

Hotel Schloss Waldeck – The Fairytale Castle

Waldeck Castle

Waldeck Castle

Hotel Schloss Waldeck is that picturesque castle hotel you  imagine from fairy tales, set high above the land commanding attention from high upon a massive rock. This  12th-century fortress is the perfect place for a romantic weekend, with candlelight dinners and medieval styled banquets in a modern contemporary appointed atmosphere. It’s the perfect blend of antique and modern with breathtaking views of the Edersee. A room inside the old castle will bring you back in time.

Getting there:

40 km southwest of Kassel, along the eastern shore of the Edersee, car hire is a must.

40 rooms     Double rooms: 98–256 euros    Rates include breakfast, tax, and service.

How to reach:

D-34513 Waldeck
Tel: ++ 49 (0) 5623 5890
Fax: ++49 (0) 5623 589-289
Hotel website

Burghotel Trendelburg – The Rapunzel Tower

Trendelburg Castle, Rapunzel's Tower

Trendelburg Castle, Rapunzel’s Tower

Located on Germany’s Fairy Tale Road, this 13th-century castle hotel has a tower that has been nicknamed “Rapunzel’s Tower”. It’s authentically adorned with shining armor, antiques and wood-beamed ceilings making this experience exciting and interesting. Hotel Burg Trendelburg is serious about their fairy tale, and even holds special Rapunzel events, making your experience like none other.

Getting there:

North of Kassel on route B-83. The nearest train station is at Hofgeismar, 10 km away.

Special package: Rapunzel Days

Single rooms: x4 –  105–135 euros    Double rooms: x15 – 155–175 euros    Suites: x3 – 235–265 euros
Rates include breakfast, tax and service

How to reach:

Steinweg 1
D-34388 Trendelburg
Tel: ++49 (0) 5675 9090
Fax: ++49 (0) 5675 9362
Hotel website

Dornröschenschloss Sababurg – The Sleeping Beauty Castle

Sleeping Beauty's Castle, Sababurg Castle.

Sleeping Beauty’s Castle, Sababurg Castle

If you ever dreamed of sleeping in the real “Sleeping Beauty Castle” then pinch yourself, this is it. Part of Germany’s Fairy Tale Route, this castle hotel was frequented by the famous Brothers Grimm. It was in fact the castle that influenced their version of Sleeping Beauty. This stunning 14th-century fortress is wrapped in a deep forest and boasts two commanding towers. Storybook rooms are appointed with antiquated furnishings and the dining has a great local reputation.

Getting there

About 25 km northeast of Kassel, take the N-7 north to the N-83 toward Hofgeismar. Follow the signposts to Sababurg.

Double rooms: 68–170 euros    Tower room: 230 euros
Rates include tax and service    2-night stay requested on weekends and holidays.

Open: February through December

How to reach:

D-34369 Hofgeismar
(Sababurg)
Tel: ++49 (0) 5671 8080
Fax: ++49 (0) 5671 808-200
Hotel website

Rhineland-Palatinate

Hotel Burg Liebenstein – The Haunted Castle

Liebenstein Castle

Leibstein Castle

If you really want a romantic weekend filled with quality time and scenic views, then this is your spot. Perched upon a hill with stunning views at every window, this 14th-century castle hotel was made for romance. Get unplugged and cozy and trade the TV and internet for medieval ambiance. Sunsets here are simply amazing. There is even a resident haunt, the Baroness of Liebenstein has been said to appear at night on the spiral staircase!

Getting there

From the train station or the cruise boat landing stage, it’s about a 5-minute walk to Hotel Garni Café Nickenig Rheinischer Hof, and from there a transfer service will take you to the castle hotel.

8 rooms and 1 suite

Double rooms: 125–240 euros     Suite: 165 euros

Rates include breakfast     Cash payment preferred.

Open: 3rd week of March through December; closed Mondays

How to reach:

56341 Kamp-Bornhofen am Rhein
Tel: ++49 (0)6773 308
Fax: ++49 (0)6773 7686
Hotel website

Romantikhotel Schloss Rheinfels – Legend of Lorelei

Rheinfels Castle

Rheinfels Castle

This romantic fortress and ruins are located on one of the most stunning spots on the Rhine. Appointed with modern furnishings this 13th-century castle hotel is easily one of the most romantic in Germany. It is tied to a cool legend with views of the Lorelei Rock. Lorelei is known by locals as a flawlessly beautiful siren who would lore fisherman with her song and beauty and ultimately crash their boats onto the famed rocks. Pump up the romance with a dinner for two in one of the alcoves of the Auf Scharfeneck Restaurant.

Getting there

St. Goar is a stop on the Koblenz-Bingen line and a stop for the many Rhine cruise boats. You’ll need a taxi or the tram (charge) to get up the hill with luggage. Steep path as well.

61 rooms with 4 suites

Single rooms: 90–150 euros    Double rooms: 115–210 euros    Suites: 225–280 euros
Rates include breakfast, tax, and service

How to reach:

Schlossberg 47
D-56329 St. Goar
Tel: ++49 (0) 6741 8020
Fax: ++49 (0) 6741 802-802
Hotel website

Burghotel auf Schönburg – Rhine River Views

Schoenburg Castle

Schoenburg Castle

Exceedingly romantic with stunning views of the Rhine, this castle hotel is rich with medieval architecture and comfortable modern touches. Many of the guestrooms have window seats and balconies, most with a view of either the river or the rolling vineyards.

Getting there

Rhine boats stop at Oberwesel and trains along the Koblenz-Bingen line as well. Take a taxi up the hill to the hotel.

Single rooms: 120–170 euros    Double rooms: 260–340 euros    Suites: 310–360 euros

Rates include 4-course dinner, breakfast, tax, and service.

Open: mid-March until mid-December

How to reach:

D-55430 Oberwesel/Rhine
Tel: ++49 (0) 6744 93930
Fax: ++49 (0) 6744 1613
Hotel website


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Christa Thompson is the Founder and Senior Editor of The Fairytale Traveler. Christa has been traveling the world since 2003 when she attended a summer abroad study at the University of Cambridge in England. Since then, her wanderlust has been fierce. Her three passions in life are her son, traveling, and being creative. The Fairytale Traveler brand gives Christa the opportunity to do all of these things and to live intentionally every day. "It's never too late to believe in what you love and to pursue your dreams." -Christa Thompson

49 Comments on this post

  1. I love these hotels! I still need to go to Germany and a fairytale castle is definitely on the list now. Stunning photographs and I absolutely love Brothers Grimm and Hans Christian Andersen stories so this blog is right up my haunted, bewitched, magical street :)

    Kate / Reply
  2. So gorgeous! I saw a lot of castles in Scotland when we lived there for 2 years yet I’d love to see these castles in Germany too! Thanks for the information about the castles and how to get there. Such a wonderful post.

    Helen G. Dickerson / Reply
  3. Oh wow, I must stay one of these next time I’m visiting friends in Germany! They are pretty affordable too. Love it. Thanks for sharing!

    Happy travels :)

    Lauren (@BonVoyageLauren) / Reply
  4. Staying in a castle is a must on my list now. Thank you for the inspiration!

    Jessica / Reply
  5. Germany is definetely great for castles. We went to see Neuschwanstein last summer but it was sooo crowded … not sure if you can stay there but it certainly looks beautiful.

    Antonette Spaan / Reply
  6. So glad everyone has really enjoyed this so far xx Happy Valentine’s Day!!

    Christa Thompson / Reply
  7. I want your job…. I would love to travel and see a REAL Castle… I want to share that experience with my children… Right now we’ll just keep following the Fairy Tale Traveler for all the beautiful pictures and educational chats…

    Chasitylyn / Reply
  8. I would love too visit some of these hotels x

    pamela morgan / Reply
  9. I love this blog about the castles <3 thank you so much for sharing them with us since I havent been able to get there myself yet :)

    Deb Meissner / Reply
  10. The pics are do beautiful, thanks for sharing! Would Love to stay there when we go vacationing there.

    Michelle C / Reply
  11. Amazing that these castles actually are fairy tail destinations. Perfect ideas for lodging

    Introvertly Bubbly / Reply
  12. I really want a mandrake doll!

    33pxels / Reply
  13. I agree.

    Priscilla P. / Reply
  14. Omg which one to pick???? All of them please!!!!!

    Debbie / Reply
  15. Why have I never slept in a castle before…? I must correct this heinous error in my ways :P

    Chasing the Donkey / Reply
  16. What a lovely way to spend time with your loved ones xx

    Lisa / Reply
  17. These look seriously beautiful!!

    James Clark-Grimshaw / Reply
  18. I would love to get lost on a castle tour..with my camera in hand of course! I bet it’s a magical experience!

    Chantell Reid / Reply
  19. All of these are going on my bucket list!

    Stephanie Trowbridge / Reply
  20. We were just discussing how wonderful it would be to stay at a castle. Magical opportunity! Dreaming is good!

    Crystal / Reply
  21. I’d love to visit some of Germany’s fairytale castles, maybe one day I’ll be luck enough to go.

    J Simons / Reply
  22. Truly awesome and beautiful. X

    Jenny / Reply
  23. Oh.. thnaks for this Tips.. I just want to go to one of it <3

    Anne / Reply
  24. Mhmmmm…..I’m going to Germany this summer, and those are fantastic ideas for spend a night with my love. Thanks for the suggestions!

    Eilinor Rigby / Reply
  25. These are so amazing, absolutely gorgeous!!! Thankyou for this post :)

    Shaila Fairbanks / Reply
  26. My mother allways called me “The Princess and the Pea”, i’d like to be the real one in one of this castsles :)

    Svetlana Colibaba / Reply
  27. Yes, please! ALL of them are incredibly beautiful!

    Jessie Voigts / Reply
  28. Lovely !! The haunted castle looks spooky yet amazing…Would love to go there <3

    Tiffanie F. / Reply
  29. Well, you have managed to make me want to travel to Germany even more than I already did! <3 Great post. ^_^

    dawnkealing / Reply
  30. I would like to go to there… all of there…

    Em / Reply

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