CONTRIBUTED BY SARAH FORTE
In Europe a hotel stay doesn’t have to mean cookie cutter rooms in a boring hotel. On the contrary, it’s not hard to find yourself a room in a castle! Castle stays can range from castles that have been transformed into hostels to luxurious digs fit for royalty.
My husband and I met in Nebraska; not too many castles there! Our next stop was Okinawa, Japan and although Asia has castles too they aren’t the kind with turrets we might typically think of. When we found out we were coming to Europe, staying in a castle was something topping our European to-do list.
Our first castle get-away was for my birthday weekend and we reserved ourselves a room in Berg Schnellenberg in Attendorn in northern Germany. The beautiful pictures online of the castle, grounds and the surrounding area, attracted us. We booked online through Hotels.com. It seems like they are not currently taking reservations through Hotels.com, but you can book directly by calling them (number below) or online.
Arriving at the castle hotel is pretty dramatic. After exiting the autobahn, we drove through thick forests and steep hills. After a final turn, we could see the castle ahead. We parked outside the now dry moat and walked into the castle grounds. We found the reception hall and the cheerful front desk clerk greeted us, quickly switched to English, and then showed us to our room.
Our room was in the standard category or Speigel-Zimmer (Mirror room). It was a large room with a nice view of the small lake and nearby forest. The headboard of the bed was carved with the castle’s crest.
There are five categories of rooms from the small standard to the tower rooms and suites. The current prices for double occupancy range from €120.00 – €220.00 per night with breakfast and wellness center included. There are seasonal specials which can be found on the Burg Schnellenberg website.
We took a few hikes from the castle into the labyrinth of trails in the surrounding area. The first time we stayed nearby the castle and the second time we hiked down the hill into the town of Attendorn. We could have hiked for days, and the when they originally converted the castle into a hotel it was the owner’s intention to cater to those hiking on all the trails in the area.
We ended up using our time hiking instead of in the wellness center. Entrance into the wellness center, spa area, the sauna and the solarium are included with the hotel price. Extras like massages and facials are extra.
We enjoyed a beautiful dinner in the hotel’s Rittersaal or knights’ hall. The vaulted ceilings and candlelight reminded us that we were in a castle as we enjoyed a very tasty dinner. There were both set menus and a la carte choices. I had a set menu with a pumpkin soup, Asian flavored fish main dish and a torte and fruit dessert. My husband enjoyed a steak with a potato side dish. We reserved a table for dinner when we checked in and then billed it to our room and paid for the dinner when we checked out.
In the morning we enjoyed the breakfast included with our room price. I have to say that German-style hotel breakfasts are one of my favorites! Lots of bread, cheese, meat, eggs, coffee, tea and juice! Lecher!
The Burg Schnellenberg website has the tag line “Wohnen wie die Burgherren” or “Live like the lords.” So if you want to get your royal life going, check out a castle hotel!
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Schnellenberg 1, 57439 Attendorn
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