Everybody dreams of spending the night in a castle. But it’s easier to do this in Germany, because this European country is home to over 20,000 castles! We’ve researched the best 8 castle hotels in Germany so that you don’t have to. From spectacular castles straight out of a fairytale to five-star fortresses, here are the best castle hotels in Germany.
8 Best Castle Hotels In Germany
Burg Colmberg Hotel
The Burg Colmberg Hotel has everything that you need for a luxury getaway in Germany. This 14th century castle turned hotel was once home to Franconian kings. For a time, the castle was owned by the last Imperial Consul in Japan (1927-1964). However, it wasn’t until 1946, that the Unbehauen family of Colmberg bought the castle and reconstructed it into the hotel it is today. Four-poster beds? Tick. Antique furniture? Tick. Free Wi-Fi? Tick! Rooms at the Burg Colmberg pay homage to the heritage of the castle, whilst simultaneously including the modern touches that luxury travellers would enjoy. A complimentary buffet breakfast is included each morning at the restaurant. On an evening, the Burg Colmberg Hotel’s restaurant serves delicious Franconian cuisine. And, in between, guests can explore the town of Colmberg at leisure.
Everybody remembers the legend of the Pied Piper, but what many people forget is that the character was originally from the town of Hamelin in Lower Saxony. If you’re a fan of Medieval history, then a visit to Hamelin may already be on your bucket list. But when you finally go, make sure that you stay at Schlosshotel Munchhausen. This five-star castle hotel is just minutes away from the village. Schlosshotel Munchhausen castle dates back to the 16th century but was lovingly restored in 2004. Now, the five-star hotel boasts 68 luxurious suites and rooms and 3 restaurants – 1 with a Michelin star.
The five-star Schloss Lieser castle opened as a hotel in December 2016. This makes it one of the newest luxury hotels on this list. Originally built in 1885 in the Mosel Valley, Schloss Lieser was created for one of the most influential industrial families in Germany. It then became the private residence of Eduard Puricelli. It wasn’t until Schloss Lieser became part of the Marriott Autograph Collection, that it became the magnificent property that it is today. It is undoubtedly one of the prettiest castle hotels, as great pains were taken to save the intricate details in the interior, from gorgeous stained glass to marble mosaics. Modern amenities, including a spa, will make the stay so fantastic, you won’t want to leave to explore the pretty vineyards nearby. All rooms and suites are individually and tastefully furnished, and are boosted with modern amenities while respecting the authenticity of the property.
Romantik Hotel auf der Wartburg (Wartburg Castle)
The Romantik Hotel auf der Wartburg (Wartburg Castle) is a five-star castle hotel that was originally constructed in 1913. Located on the edge of the western part of the Thuringian Forest, the charming location is truly breathtaking. There are many sports and leisure opportunities in the surrounding area such as hiking and cycling. The numerous nature trails include Elster Pearls, Goethe hiking trail and the Hohenwarte Reservoir Trail. Inside, you can expect 37 individually decorated, en-suite rooms with great views of the forest, Wartburg Castle, or Eisenach. The centrepiece of the hotel is the 54 metre squared Wartburg Suite with views over Wartburg. At the hotel restaurant Landgrafenstube, guests can enjoy elevated Thuringia specialties. Treat yourself to the unique Wartburg cake made on-site at Burgcafé Gadem for a delicious afternoon delight.
Burghotel auf Schönburg (Castle Hotel Schönburg)
Built at some point between, 911 and 1166, Burghotel auf Schönburg (Castle Hotel Schönburg) was an effective fortress during fights and battles in its early history. After French soldiers burnt down the castle in 1689, it wasn’t until the 19th Century that the Castle was finally restored to its former glory. But since then, the castle has gone from strength to strength. Today, Burghotel auf Schönburg is one of the most romantic castle hotels in Germany. Ideally situated in the Rhine Valley, this unique castle hotel has an envious location in the Middle Rhine Valley – surrounded by wine vineyards, hiking trails, and lush countryside. This boutique hotel has just 25 guestrooms, an intimate library, and private balconies.
Schlosshotel Hugenpoet (Château de Hugenpoet)
The name “Hugenpoet” is derived from two separate words. Neither have anything to do with poetry! Hugen means “toad”, whilst Poet means “puddle” or “pool”. This might seem strange, but it makes sense, because the Schlosshotel Hugenpoet is surrounded by water. This enchanted moated castle is one of many 17th-century architectural gems of the Ruhr Valley.
Located close to the town of Kettwig, Schlosshotel Hugenpoet houses 18 elegantly appointed rooms, with a further 17 rooms and suites available in the carriage house and gatehouse. At all five-star hotels, gastronomy is something to be celebrated. The Schlosshotel Hugenpoet is no exception. There are two restaurants to choose from at this hotel. One option is HUGENpöttchen in the conservatory which boasts a Bib Gourmand from the Michelin Guide. The other – LAURUSHAUS, located in the former tithe barn, is renowned for the divine tasting courses that stem from the imagination of Head Chef Erika Bergheim.
The Schlosshotel Steinburg is ideally situated high above the Main (river). Since 1897, this luxury hotel has been welcoming guests to stay. However, the hotel’s look and feel has evolved significantly since then. This castle has largely been in a constant state of expansion for the last 90 years. As a result, the Schlosshotel Steinburg boasts a unique exterior, and houses more on-site amenities such as spa, sauna and swimming pool. Inside, the property has been renovated too, to meet the demands of discerning travellers. The elegant rooms of the ‘Country Manor’ were renovated in February 2009 and offer guests warm and inviting accommodation with Mediterranean flair. In 2010, further room renovations were carried out in the ‘Castle Manor’ main building and the oldest part of the hotel. So, if you’re looking for a hotel that has a charming exterior, but a modern interior Schlosshotel Steinberg could be the perfect pick for you.
Romantik Parkhotel Wasserburg Anholt
The Romantik Parkhotel Wasserburg Anholt is a picture perfect castle hotel. As you approach this hotel it will be hard not to be impressed by the castle’s fairytale-esque exterior with giant windows, drawbridges, and a moat. Set amongst 42-acres of land, the Romantik Parkhotel Wasserburg Anholt has just 31 rooms ranging from entry level single rooms to spacious suites. Each room and suite is full of traditional character and has been updated with modern facilities. On-site, the museum Parkhotel Wasserburg Anholt is home to a variety of 17th and 18th-century paintings from prolific artists such as Rembrandt. There is also an 18-hole golf course on the grounds and a biotope wildlife park.