CONTRIBUTED BY ALEXIS TUCKER
Have you visited a lot of castles? I have visited about 30, and one thing I always take notice is how they are built on large hills. Mespelbrunn Castle is not, however. The castle was built in a remote valley within the Spessart Forest. Due to this fact, many never noticed it, and it was never ruined like so many other castles. It goes against the theory of building your castle on high grounds for protection. This medieval castle is moated and quiet, hidden in the middle of the town.
We parked in a huge lot for €4.00, and then walked on a path to the castle that led us past a restaurant and hotel.
When we walked up to the castle we took notice of a delightful smell coming from the cafe in front of it. We were then mesmerized by the shimmering water that reflected the castle so perfectly off of the water. It illuminated the castle as if it were ablaze.
Once on the tour we were given an English brochure. We found out that in 1412, the archbishop of Mainz donated Mespelbrunn to his forest keeper, Knight Haman Echter, who erected a small castle. In 1648, the castle came to the count of Ingelheim through marriage, and it is still the primary residence of the family.
I thought it was really neat that the family still resided in part of the castle. As a result, only the north wing of the Schloss Mespelbrunn can be seen on the guided tour. The tour includes the chapel and a number of rooms that show off a variety of swords and trophies, offering a view of what life in this castle must have been like.
This castle really is a gem. I haven’t seen another castle exterior like it before and it is only about a 2 and a half hour drive from Grafenwöhr. If you’re looking for that magical fairytale feel, visit Mespelbrunn and you will be dazzled.
Dogs are not allowed on the castles grounds, but can be left on your own responsibility leashed in front of the gates.
Easter – mid-September:
(For exact dates see the Schloss Mespelbrunn website; Reopened March 19, 2016)
Daily: 0900 – 1700
€3.50 and includes the guided tour
63875 Mespelbrunn, Germany