Thorn Castle

Schloß Thorn, Germany

Schloss Thorn is a former castle, that has been turned into a stately home. The history of the castle dates from the ancient times. Due to the existence of a ford here, the Romans built a guard tower on a protruding rock here to protect and observe the crossing. This tower would give the later medieval castle its name, the Latin 'turris' meaning 'tower'.

Schloss Thorn was built on the ruins of the probably rectangular, medieval castle guarded by round corner towers. Until the 16th century it was a fief of the lords of Rollingen (hereditary marshals of Luxembourg) to the lords of Bübingen. Then it passed to the ownership of the lords of Musiel, where it remained until the end of the 19th century. It had become decrepit by the end of the 15th century, and was rebuilt in 1536 by the new owner apart from two towers and a part of the defensive wall. In 1800, it was rebuilt by the owning family into more of a stately home and the old defensive buildings were turned into garden terraces.

One of the two towers left after the 16th century renovations, the round tower at the south-eastern corner was destroyed by bombardment in 1945. The second, a rectangular tower that used to be inhabitable, is now a gate tower.

Due to the rebuilding and renovation work carried over hundreds of years, the castle now shows characteristics of the architectural styles of the Middle Ages, through to the Renaissance, Baroque and Empire styles.

Schloss Thorn is still in use as a residence today, owned by the Barons von Hobe-Gelting. The wine is produced from the surrounding vineyards, which have been family-owned since 1534. It is the oldest castle vineyard on the Moselle and also has the only preserved tree wine press of Europe.



Your name


Founded: 16th century
Category: Castles and fortifications in Germany
Historical period: Reformation & Wars of Religion (Germany)


4.6/5 (based on Google user reviews)

User Reviews

Hermann-Josef Spegt (11 months ago)
Very nice location Interesting and educational wine tasting. Nicely ridden winotek. Very friendly landlord. It was the first time there but definitely not the last time
Oldenburger Hannes (2 years ago)
Hello Mr. Baron. We would like to thank you for the great wine testing in 2019. Our customers were totally happy and would like to organize something like this after Mal. We are there and hope that the year 2022 will be better and that we can come to you again. Thanks.
-- (2 years ago)
Mega well, very well maintained and nice staff
Sonja Hecht (2 years ago)
Beautiful and quiet, good wines ....
Ulrich Schreiber (3 years ago)
A real castle, and also a real baron, a very friendly welcome, good middle-class, you can of course also taste the wine, at moderate prices. Also simple rooms at very moderate prices and a very noble breakfast, also at very moderate prices. A tip for motorhome enthusiasts: the most exclusive location for the small mobile home parking space, you can't get any closer to the Moselle, but no infrastructure, a short walk to the castle across the street, register in advance, 'noblesse oblige', a real Moselle experience.
Powered by Google

Featured Historic Landmarks, Sites & Buildings

Historic Site of the week

Château du Haut-Koenigsbourg

The Château du Haut-Koenigsbourg is situated in a strategic area on a rocky spur overlooking the Upper Rhine Plain, it was used by successive powers from the Middle Ages until the Thirty Years' War when it was abandoned. From 1900 to 1908 it was rebuilt at the behest of the German kaiser Wilhelm II. Today it is a major tourist site, attracting more than 500,000 visitors a year.

The first records of a castle built by the Hohenstaufens date back to 1147. The fortress changed its name to Koenigsburg (royal castle) around 1157. The castle was handed over to the Tiersteins by the Habsburgs following its destruction in 1462. They rebuilt and enlarged it, installing a defensive system designed to withstand artillery fire.

The fortification work accomplished over the 15th century did not suffice to keep the Swedish artillery at bay during the Thirty Years War, and the defences were overrun.