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

JC Schmid (11 months ago)
Great Location. Very good service! And great restaurant!
Ben Wickham (12 months ago)
Faultless. Kid friendly, warm engaging staff, excellent bedrooms, superb food with local wines from the vineyard that the castle overlooks and a garden that you could get lost in for hours. We'll be back.
Jump NYC (13 months ago)
visiting this castle is like entering heaven! just entering, you are immediately greeted by friendly angels (in the shape of young, beautiful & friendly hostesses) who will show you around the wonderful castle. upon reaching your room, you will be astonished by how perfectly the rooms have been modernized and outfitted while still maintaining the castle-ish noble atmosphere. somehow i felt like i was actually in an Orient Express train, everything was so well laid out and luxurious. There even was a bottle of sherry waiting for me in the room, to be taken full advantage of. which i didn't. but i could have! and then ... the castle itself and the views ... O M G ... unreal! and the food: try the tasting menu, it is a bargain! really a fantastic once-in-a-lifetime experience. again, all perfected by the wonderful staff. thank you again everyone - should i ever die and enter heaven, i hope it will be just like your castle! (god, did you hear this!?)
Martijn Schreurs (13 months ago)
Wow. What a great place to stay. Amazingly beautiful castle with spectacular views. High recommended.
Henrik (14 months ago)
Beautiful castle hotel by the river Rhine. Great choice for a weekend getaway.
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