Hohenstein Castle

Coburg, Germany

The first documented mention of Hohenstein Castle was in 1306, which at the time was owned by Countess Jutta von Henneberg. During the Peasants’ War the castle fell victim to a devastating attack. It was subsequently burned to the ground and rebuilt after. The new castle was designed in the Renaissance style. During the Thirty Years’ War, Hohenstein Castle again suffered severe damages, but was once again restored.

The castle chapel was built in the second half of the 17th century. The jewel of the chapel is the chancellery with a magnificently carved sound cover, which is dated 1688. Today the castle chapel is owned by the Imhoff family and is available for church weddings of both denominations.

In 1763 Philipp Ernst Freiherr von Imhof acquired Hohenstein Castle. He and his descendants gave the castle, as well as the property belonging to it, its present appearance.

Up until the 20th century, there were several changes of ownership. Eventually, a private citizen, Oskar Hacker from Munich, acquired the castle in 1976 and had it thoroughly restored – introducing a castle hotel with a restaurant. Today Hohenstein Castle is owned by the non-profit Oskar Hacker Foundation.



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Hohenstein 1B, Coburg, Germany
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Founded: 14th century
Category: Castles and fortifications in Germany
Historical period: Habsburg Dynasty (Germany)


4.5/5 (based on Google user reviews)

User Reviews

Klas Olsson (12 months ago)
The ambience is great, great rooms and the cooking is outstanding. I particularly enjoyed the wine pairings with very interesting introductions by the hostess. Will stay here again.
Yavor Adel (2 years ago)
Fabulous place, wonderful staff, top notch fine dining, amazing value for money! Warmly recommended, can’t wait to visit again!
Tobias Hertel (3 years ago)
This is a review of the hotel AND restaurant. Hotel first: we had a wonderful stay in this romantic and remotely located castle-hotel. The rooms come in different shapes and sizes from modest in the annex next door, to spacious and castle-like in the main building. Bathrooms are modern and spotless clean. The hotel itself is located on top of a small mountain in a forrest with a wonderfully romantic park. The location is also very quiet. Few other sounds than the birds chirping. Breakfast served at the table was of excellent quality and quantity. I probably never had such good quality bread in a hotel. The restaurant: we had a 3 course menu. Each and every dish was somehow unique or interesting in terms of composition, tastes and visuals. We were absolutely blown away. The same can be said for the wines so competently selected and served with regional Franconian as well as Austrian and other wines on the menu. Conclusion: The price for value in both hotel and restaurant was absolutely stellar. The experience was exceptional and we hope to come back for a special occasion like a wedding anniversary or just if we feel like treating ourselves to a great and memorable dinner. I think 5 stars are well deserved in every category. P.S. The team currently running hotel and restaurant apparently started in the fall of last year (2020). Older reviews might thus not properly reflect the current service.
OC S (5 years ago)
Just had a lovely dinner at their restaurant. Quiet and comfortable atmosphere with attentive service. Dishes are certainly aspired to offer an experience of fine dining. So long you're not expecting a michelin star level, you'll be reasonably satisfied. One of best restaurants in the area.
Ried Schott (6 years ago)
If you're unfamiliar with the area, traveling at night, and don't have mapping service on your phone or car, this place can be difficult to find. We didn't see any signage coming in from the south until we were basically at the property, and took a few wrong roads before then. Once we arrived, the room was very small and at the far end of the castle. However, the friendly staff upgraded us to a very spacious room closer to the restaurant for a nominal fee. We had an enjoyable visit and parking was convenient. The main drawbacks were that room was not well heated and the restaurant service at breakfast was poor. We were charged the full cost of breakfast for just a cup of coffee for a guest and the breakfast food at the buffet was scarce when we arrived and only replenished as we were leaving.
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