Kommende Ramersdorf Castle

Bonn, Germany

Kommende Ramersdorf was established in 1230 as one of the over 300 commanderies of the Teutonic Knights following the crusades. The Georgian chapel , which had been preserved, was built between 1220 and 1230. In the 13th and 14th centuries the commanders of the Ramersdorf were mostly Rhenish nobles, ministerial and urban patricians. After a fire in 1842, the entire complex was rebuilt in Neo-Gothic style. Today Ramensdorf is a hotel.


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Founded: 1842
Category: Castles and fortifications in Germany
Historical period: German Confederation (Germany)


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Daniel Leon (2 years ago)
Really impressive in xmas and at night time.
Emilian Gospodinov (2 years ago)
DON’T EVER VISIT THAT PLACE!!! I booked a room for a business trip. My room is nothing as the pictures shown here. They put me in a room which is in the tower next to the gate of the yard it is a horrible horrible place. It is cold and noisy from the Motorway outside. It is the worst hotel I ever stayed in Germany. I am not quite sure if it is legal to give out such rooms. If you choose this hotel you will be ripped off. I am appending some photos to see where can they put you when you book over there.
Mr B. (2 years ago)
Beautiful place, but be prepared for quite a walk if you're not arriving in a car. The Italian restaurant there deserves a visit, the rooms however could use a bit of renovation.
Yana Berkovich (2 years ago)
I only wanted to get inside for a quick coffee and take some pictures. I had to pay 3 Euro for the parking but it was closed for a wedding event. I was not informed at the gate. I drove down and told the guard that i want my money back because it is closed for a wedding. The guard started yelling at me said no way and talked in Italian being racist towards me presumably due to my Russian accent in German English and Spanish. I said I will call the police, he yelled that he is the police and called his friend/relative complaining about me loudly and asking for reinforcement of Italian thugs yelling that his bodies control the area and the parking is paid regardless if the place is open. i am a solo female traveler around the world, for 3 Euros i have left but let me feel so frightened, so humiliated and so deceived by a person that thinks he owns this land was a first experience for me. I hope that the whole region gains some real police and citizens control rather than this Italian mafia style of treating people. I am shocked and appalled to be treated like this. It left a bitter taste of my time in German, i usually enjoy begin a tourist in Germany but I would think twice before coming and giving my hard earned money to people who insult me, take my money without providing any service, and being racist and offensive. I was scared and insecure traveling there just avoid until the local friendly population can clear those parking thugs that lure everywhere in the region it is unsafe for solo female or anyone with an accent or not Caucasian appearance.
Dominic Siedhoff (2 years ago)
Great hotel when you like castles
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