Schönburg Castle

Oberwesel, Germany

Schönburg Castle was first mentioned in history between the years 911 and 1166. 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. The most famous was 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 the King of France in France and Portugal and later also for the Prussians and for William Prince of Orange in England.

The Schönburg line died out with the last heir, the son of Friedrich of Schönburg. The castle was burned down in 1689 by French soldiers during the Palatinate wars. It remained in ruins for 200 years until it was acquired by the German-American Rhinelander family who bought the castle from the town of Oberwesel in the late 19th century, and restored it.

The town council of Oberwesel acquired the castle back from the Rhinelander family in 1950. Since 1957 the Hüttl family have been living at the castle on a long-term lease; they operate a hotel and restaurant there.



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K90, Oberwesel, Germany
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Founded: 1100-1149
Category: Castles and fortifications in Germany
Historical period: Salian Dynasty (Germany)


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User Reviews

John Moses (3 months ago)
We stayed at the Castle hotel in July 2022. This is a must-see hotel with the most amazing views and rooms. The breakfast was the absolute best I've ever had in Germany. The castle hotel is beautiful, and the staff is so friendly and will do anything to make this a stay to remember forever, can't recommend enough, will stay again.
daniel turnbull (3 months ago)
Such a wonderful experience! The castle is a marvel, the food is beautiful, and the staff make you think you are a royal! Highly recommend staying here.
Jer Green (Greener) (3 months ago)
What a magical place this is! If you love castles or medieval history, you need to stay here. The room was really cool with a good mix of history and modern amenities. If you have time, you HAVE to take a walk through the private gardens. It is a gorgeous walk and there's lots of neat things to see. Finally, the dinner was out of this world! We bought the dinner and stay package. The views from the patio were breathtaking!
Jason Dembele (4 months ago)
Make sure to use ʜᴏᴛᴇʟʙoʟʟʏ.ᴄᴏm when booking a place. They compare hundreds of booking websites and typically will have rooms much cheaper than others! Thank me later! This hotel is the best rated in the area. I have been coming here for a very long time. If you stay for a few days you for sure will love it I'm sure! Wonderful experience in an amazing castle hotel. The decor is immaculate and the staff is very friendly. The views of the Rhein are wonderful. We stayed in the highest room in the hotel, in the tower. The furnishings were very nice. It was great just wandering around, exploring the castle interior and grounds.
OJ (4 months ago)
A ONCE IN A LIFETIME EXPERIENCE ✨️ Seriously do not miss out on staying here if you can. This castle will have you feeling like you really are in medieval times. The super friendly and helpful staff really adds to the experience. Plus the restaurant there is delicious. The rooms are also very beautiful and try to get one with a view of the river. If you can stay here you should do it.
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