Castle Hotels on the Rhine River

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A view of an old castle in the Rhine River Valley
A view of an old castle in the Rhine River Valley (Image: old castle. rhine river valley, germany image by donkey IA from Fotolia.com)

The Rhine River is known as one of Germany’s most picturesque regions with its rich history and architectural heritage. The numerous historic castles and forts along the river offer proof of these prosperous times when knights and duchies collected tolls, welcomed travelers and merchants from lands far away, and were entertained by jugglers and jesters. Today, many of the medieval castles are hotels, allowing visitors to experience the spirit and charm of medieval times firsthand.

Burghotel “Auf Schoenburg”

Hotel “Auf Schoenburg” resides in a castle over 1,000 years old that overlooks the Rhine River and the medieval town Oberwesel, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Surrounded by rolling hills and vineyards, this castle hotel provides guests a perfect location to explore the Rhine River Valley. The hotel’s interior boasts antique chandeliers, tester beds, open fireplaces and wooden furniture. The 22 rooms and suites feature private balconies and standard amenities such as a mini-bar, hair dryer and high-speed Internet access. Hotel amenities include two restaurants and a terrace cafe serving regional cuisine. The hotel organizes Chevalier dinners for groups of 12.

Burghotel “Auf Schoenburg” Auf Schoenburg 55430 Oberwesel am Rhein Germany 011-49-6744-93930 hotel-schoenburg.com

Schloss Rheinfels

Schloss Rheinfels sits right at the Lorelei Rhine River Valley, a UNESCO World Heritage Site famous for its Lorelei Rocks; according to legend, a beautiful siren mesmerized passing sailors, causing their boats to crash into these rocks. The Romanesque castle features an elegant interior of contemporary and modern design with large panorama windows. The 63 rooms and suites are decorated in country home style. Hotel amenities include a spa area with indoor swimming pool, sauna and steam bath and a private sunbathing lawn with water basin in the castle park. Two restaurants, a pub and a cafe serve regional cuisine and traditional German pastries and the hotel provides a complimentary breakfast buffet.

Schloss Rheinfels Schlossberg 47 56329 St. Goar Germany 011-49-6741-8020 schloss-rheinfels.de

Castle Liebenstein

Nestled in the rolling hills of the Middle Rhine River close to the Lorelei Rocks, the medieval Castle Liebenstein provides its guests with a magnificent panorama over the Rhine River Valley. Its historic facade opens to a rustic interior in country home style. Guests sleep in nine rooms and suites--some even in the castle's tower--that feature a nostalgic design of tester beds, ceiling beams, wooden furniture and plush carpets. The on-site restaurant and a terrace cafe serve seasonal cuisine. Guests can book knight’s meals and medieval banquets. The hotel offers boat tours along the Rhine River to other castles and historical sites.

Castle Liebenstein Familie Nickenig 56341 Kamp-Bornhofen am Rhein Germany 011-49-6773-308 castle-liebenstein.com

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