Burghotel Auf Schönburg 55430 Oberwesel / Rhine − Germany
High up on a hill overlooking the Rhine river, close to where the Lorelei rock used to lure sailors onto the rocks, there is the Castle Hotel Auf Schönburg, a middle aged romantic castle, built in the 10th century, one of the most expressive German castles on the Rhine river. Behind its ramparts and towers the Schönburg is the perfect castle hotel, intimate and elite.
The façade is a fairy tale picture of towers and battlements reached by crossing a narrow wooden bridge. Many of the original features, the stone walls and pillars, archways and old beams have been carefully restored so that history and luxurious comfort are both in evidence. Outside, vineyards slope down to the Rhine river and ivy clings to the castle walls. The bedrooms are shaped by the unusual castle buildings with fairy tale drapery over the beds, lovely traditional furniture, and splendid views through lead-paned windows to the beautiful Rhine river valley, the terraced vineyards and the medieval town within an impressing town wall. Tower rooms sit atop steep winding staircases and several rooms have balconies overlooking the Rhine river. The bathrooms are tastefully renovated and offer all modern comfort. In the evenings guests gather for a drink in the magnificent salon with stone walls, a handsome fireplace, crossed swords old pictures in antique frames and shelves of leatherbound books before dining on specialities of the Middle Rhine river valley or indulging themselves with the gourmet menu. Dinner is served either in the knights' dining room or, if the weather permits, on the Rhine terrace with its spectacular view of the river. Prestigious wines are listed. This is a marvellous base for exploring this part of Germany and to start off for tours of the Rhine river valley and its surroundings.
Welcome to our Castlehotel Schönburg
We warmly welcome you to Schönburg Castle in Oberwesel, one of the most romantic and beautiful castle hotels in Germany! Spoil yourselves in our special world of pleasant rest, cultural diversion and culinary delights, - a real vacation.
The Mantelmauerkemenate is located on the 3rd floor of our castle (accessible by lift) and is approximately 20m². The modern bathroom offers a shower and toilet. From the room have direct access to the surrounding walls, the former defense wall of Schönburg. From here you can enjoy beautiful view of the Rhine Valley and the Pfalzgrafenstein castle at Kaub. Bed Size: 1.60 m x 2.00 m.
The Rheingoldkemenate is a cozy double room with 22m², located on the 3rd floor of our castle (accessible by elevator). It offers a modern bathroom with shower and from the balcony you can enjoy the beautiful view over the Rhine river. Bed Size: 1.80 m x 2.00 m.
Our Kleine Hofkemenate is our small, but cozy single room on the third floor of the castle (accessible by elevator). From here you have a view to the courtyard. The bathroom offers shower and toilet. Bed Size: 0.95 m x 2.00 m, one bedside is located to the wall.
The small but nice Liebensteinkemenate, located on the second floor (accessible by lift), offers romantic view over the Rhine river. The room size counts 12,5m² and there is a private bathroom with shower. Bed Size: 1.60 m x 2.00 m.
Our Stolzenfelskemenate is suitable for 1 person and offers everything you need for a pleasant stay. The room counts 11m², is located on the 2nd floor (with elevator access) and has wonderful view over the Rhine river. The room includes a bathroom with shower. Bed Size: 0.90 m x 2.00 m, one bedside is located to the wall.
Our Rheinsteinkemenate is 19m² big and offers a fantastic view over the Rhine river. The room is located on the 2nd floor of our hotel (with elevator access) and has a nice bathroom with bathtube and shower. Enjoy time at Schönburg and enjoy view of the ships from your balcony. Bed Size: 1.80 m x 2.00 m.
The cozy Burghofzimmer room is 10m² in size and equipped with a French doublebed. By elevator you will reacht the 2nd floor. This room offers views over the courtyard. Bed Size: 1,40 m x 2,00 m, one bedside is located to the wall.
Our Gutenfelskemenate on the 1st floor (with elevator access), is 22m2 big and offers a bathroom with bathtube. From the room you have wonderful view over the Rhine river. A balcony overlooking the castle courtyard invites you to lay back. Bed Size: 1.60 m x 2.00 m.
Our "Sieben Jungfrauen Suite" is located on the 1st floor of our hotel (with elevator access). The suite is 32m² big so very spacious and offers a beautiful bedroom, a living room and an elegant bathroom with bathtube. The large terrace with stunning view over the Rhine invites you to relax. Bed Size: 1.80 m x 2.00 m.
Our Pfalzgrafenkemenate is located on the ground floor and 24m² big. The room offers a wonderful view over the Rhine river. The bathroom offers a bathtube and separate toilet. Bed Size: 0.90 m x 2.00 m.
The Rheinfelskemenate is 21m² big, located on the ground floor and offers view over the Rhine and a balcony overlooking the courtyard of the castle. The bathroom has a bathtub. Bed Size: each 0.80 m x 2.00 m.
A very special room is our Turmzimmer with ca. 13m². It is located in the round tower of our castle (up to the 3rd floor by lift, then by stairs) and offers a modern bathroom with bathtub, toilet and bidet. The balcony offers a breathtaking view over the medieval Oberwesel and the Rhine Valley. Bed Size: 1.40 m x 2.00 m.
This beautiful double room is our highest tower room, located on the 5th floor! (Elevator to the 3rd floor). It is 19m² big and includes a bathroom with bathtub. The view from the small balcony over the Rhine is very unique! Bed Size: 1.60 m x 2.00 m, the alcove bed is accessed by 3 steps.
The Falkensuite offers 27m²! You will find a stylish one bedroom with a canopy bed and a cozy living room. The suite is located on the 4th floor (to the 3rd floor accessible by elevator) and offers a wonderful view of the Rhine river. The bathroom offer a bathtub and separate toilet. Bed Size: 1.60 m x 2.00 m.
Our Hochzeitssuite (Bridal Suite) to everybody who wishes extra space and more comfort. It's located on 2 floors and has a size of 55m². On the ground floor you will find the bathroom with double tub and shower, and there is a small reception room. The first floor with living room and bedroom with four-poster bed is stylish and cozy. A special extra: the small walk-in closet with a lot of storage for your clothes! The suite is big enough to accommodate families with up to 4 adults and 2 children easily. The suite has a separate entrance and is situated on the lateral wall of the castle. The higher-lying hotel entrance is only few steps away. Bed Size: 1.80 m x 2.00 m.
Our in 2015 newly designed Burgherrenkemenate with 17sqm, offers a bathroom with shower and a separate toilet. You will enjoy the quiet location, with view into the Engehöller Valley, the most from the private, spacious, in-room terrace with gazebo. Bed Size: each 0.80 m x 2.00 m.
Also redesigned in 2015 is our Schönburgsuite. The Residence Suite has a size of 41m² and is located on the ground floor. It offers a bathroom with shower, a toilet and a large bedroom. On the upper floor it features a spacious living area with lots of possibilities to relax after a busy day. The suite is accessible from the reception via a staircase and overlooks the courtyard and Engehöller Valley. Bed Size: 2,00 m x 2,00 m.
Our Barbarossa Suite is around 50m² big and located on the 1st floor (without lift). It offers a nice bedroom, big living room and an extra room. The stylish bathroom includes a bathtub and you can enjoy a romantic view over the courtyard. In the extra room you will find two small additional beds (0,8m x 1,8m), so perfect suitable for families with children. Bed Size: each 0.80 m x 2.00 m.
Our Chapel Suite is like the name sugestes right on top of the castles chapel. It is 33 m² big and is located on the second floor without elevator. It offers a nice bed room and a living room. The stylish bathroom includes a bathtub and you can enjoy a romantic view over the rhine river as well as the castle courd yard. Bed Size: 1,80 m x 2,00 m.
Our Wehrgangkemenate is approximately 30m² and offers a beautiful view of the Rhine valley. The room offers a bathroom with modern shower and separate toilet. The room is located on the first floor, you reach by stairs, and the old battlements of the castle. Bed Size: 1.60 m x 2.00 m.
Our Rhinelanderzimmer has generous 44m² and can accommodate families of up to 4 people with pleasant comfort. A highlight will be, beside the romantic view over the rhine valley, the nice bathroom behind the bookcase with bathtub and toilet. The room is located on the second floor (no elevator) of the quadrangle tower. It is named after the former owner of the castle, the German American Mr. T.I. Oakley Rhinelander, who acquired the castle late 19th century. Bed size: 2,00 m x 2,00 m.
On the 3rd floor of our quadrangle tower (reach with stairs), you will find our cozy double room with a size of 18m². The room offers a stunning view of the Rhine valley from the balcony at dizzying heights. The modern bathroom includes a shower and toilet.
On the 3rd floor of our quadrangle tower (reach by stairs), you will find our cozy double room with size of 18m².From the balcony you have a stunning view over the Rhine valley on dizzying heights. The modern bathroom offers a shower and toilet. Bed Size: 1.80 m x 2.00 m.
Our Hoftorkemenate with separate entrance is accessible from the courtyard of our castle. The room is approximately 21m² in size and has a nice, wide view into the Engehöller Narrow . A sofabed can be put extra for up to 2 children, perfect for families. The bathroom offers a shower and toilet. Bed Size: 1.80 m x 1.95 m.
Our beautiful Wächterhäuschen (Guard House) offers 18m² and everything you need for a romantic getaway. In the bathroom you will find a beautiful, brick bathtub. The room is located in the inner castle area, right on the mantle wall and just a few steps to the higher-lying hotel entrance. Bed Size: each 1.40 m x 2.00 m.
Our Castle Hotel offers 25 comfortable non-smoking rooms and suites. Each room is individually and lovingly decorated. Our rooms offer a balcony or terrace with amazing view over the Rhine river.
The importance of the Rhine can hardly be overestimated. Throughout recorded history the Rhine has served as Europe's leading waterway. While not the longest river in Europe, it has been the main river-trade artery between the heart of the Continent and the North Sea.
High up on a hill overlooking the Rhine river, close to where the Lorelei rock used to lure sailors onto the rocks, there is the Schoenburg, a middle aged romantic castle, built in the 10th century, one of the most expressive German castles on the Rhine river. Behind its ramparts and towers the Schönburg is the perfect castle hotel, intimate and elite.
The terrace view is superb, dropping steeply to the Rhine river below. In the evenings guests gather for a drink in the magnificent salon with stone walls, a handsome fireplace, crossed swords old pictures in antique frames and shelves of leatherbound books before dining on specialities of the Middle Rhine river valley or indulging themselves with the gourmet menu.
Because of the above and further else, the Castle Hotel Auf Schoenburg is a marvellous base for exploring this part of Germany and to start off for tours of the Rhine river valley and its surroundings.
Short History of Schönburg Castle
Schönburg Castle was first mentioned in history between the years 911 and 1166. Until the 17th century the castle had a very changeable and martial history with many tribe and family fights.
From the 12th century, the Dukes of Schönburg ruled over the town of Oberwesel and had also the right to levy customs on the Rhine river.
Schönburg Castle was one of the very few medieval castles in which after a duke’s death, all of the sons became heirs to the castle and not only the oldest one which usually was costumary at that time. At the height of its power in the 14th century, Schönburg Castle accomodated up to 250 persons of 24 families at the same time.
The most famous of all of the Schönburgs is Friedrich von Schönburg - a much-feared man known as “Marshall Schomberg” - who in the 17th century served as a colonel and as a general under His Majesty the King of France and Navarra in France and Portugal and who later also fought for the Prussians and for William Prince of Orange in England. He was buried in St. Patrick’s Cathedral in Dublin.
The Schönburg main lineage became extinct with the death of their last heir, the son of Friedrich of Schönburg.
The castle is burned down in 1689 by French soldiers during the Palatinate Heritage war.
Schönburg Castle remained destroyed and in ruins for 2 centuries until an American of German ancestry, Mr. Rhinelander, bought the castle from the town of Oberwesel in the late 19th century and invested two million Gold Marks into the restoration until 1914.
The town council of Oberwesel acquired the castle back from Mr. Rhinelander’s son in 1950.
Since 1957 the Hüttl family lives at the castle on a long-term lease (emphyteusi) and established a hotel and restaurant, now already in the third generation.
Myths and Legends: The Seven Virgins
It is said, that seven very pretty but rather prudish sisters, not willing to bow their tender necks under the yoke of matrimony, continued to live at the Schönburg castle. One day a group of suitors, who had met with a polite refusal for many years and endured much derision, delivered an ultimatum of marriage to be decided by drawing lots. The process of selection had been manipulated so that the most ugly, misshapen suitors won, and became the laughing-stock of all. The selection of the brides never occurred, because they hurried away like elves while singing loudly, using what today is called “Elfenley” rock to disappear down the river.
They had only gained the first bend of the Rhine River, where seven rocks (partly visible from the castle) jutting out of the river. Later, these rocks were considered to be symbols for the stony hearts of the prudish virgins. It should be added that even with the noted fertility of the Schönburgs, none of them produced seven daughters.
For your festivities like birthday parties or anniversaries, we have the ideal frames: the romantic wood-panelled Gobelin Room, the cosy Knappenstube (Squires' Room), the stylish Ritterstube (Knights' Room).
Our Rhine terrace and inner castle yard are the perfect places for receptions up to 40 persons if the weather permits.
We look forward to set up your festivity in our house.
The menus are being served for a minimum of 8 persons. We ask our guests to choose one menu for all. We cannot serve different menus for one group.
For the decoration with candles, flowers and menu cards, we calculate an additional Euro 5,00 per person. Our service employees are at your disposal until midnight. The exact number of participants should be announced latest 12 hourse before arrival.
In off season we can offer one of our restaurants as conference room. Please ask for our interesting meeting packages.
We are looking forward to your visit.
For your conference we offer meeting rooms for 6 to 22 people. During the months April, November and December we offer special conference rates, for example: Meeting room with audio-visual equipment, group rooms incl. facilities if desired -
We are happy to assist you to prepare your event or conference in our house.
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From Frankfurt airport
Take the freeway A 3, then shortly A 67 and then A 60, always direction Mainz. Stay on freeway A 60 direction Koblenz and take the exit St. Goar/Bingen to the highway B 9, – the road parallel to the Rhine river from Bingen to Oberwesel and Schoenburg castle.
From the North
Take the freeway A61 direction Ludwigshafen, exit Laudert/Oberwesel. After the exit take the second street to the right via the villages Perscheid and Dellhofen to Schoenburg castle, about 10 Kms.
Oberwesel (2 Kms.)
Frankfurt-Rhein-Main Airport (82 Kms.)
Köln / Bonn Airport (139 Kms.)
Luxembourg Airport (152 Kms.)
Dusseldorf Airport (198 Kms.)