Where do I start. I am left breathless by this place. We came from the Frankfurt Airport by car which took an hour maybe a little more...but I don't think so. You can also get there by train...it pulls up right into Oberwesel and you just need to figure out how to get up the hill. It is a steep and winding road up there. If you are taking the train, check with the hotel about suggestions for transportation up there. It is not far up the hill, just winding and steep. We drove and upon reaching the castle we were already left speechless. It was beautiful. We parked the car per their instructions before the bridge. We left our bags in the car and walked up to the castle. They were expecting us and gave us a warm reception. Including a beautiful welcome letter that was rolled up in a scroll of sort with a seal from the castle. It was done in beautiful writing with a picture of the castle. It told you information about your room, and the hotel. But it is obviously meant to be kept and possibly framed. It is on heavy paper and was a nice touch. Once we checked in, they asked for our car keys and said they would get our bags for us and bring them to the room. The check-in area was beautiful and I had not seen anything else yet. Old wood, old solid furnishings...beautiful carpets and tapestries. I was enchanted. They gave us our room key which as I recall was a knight....very heavy thing...don't want to carry that around:). Then someone came and escorted us to our room. We stayed in Room number 12 which had a gorgeous view of the Rhine River. It was a large room with a comfortable four poster bed. The bathroom was sizable. Off of our bathroom was a balcony facing inland where we sat every night before going to dinner. This was elegance and then some. On top of that, the way they treat you....every t is crossed and every i is dotted. She showed us around the room and then pointed out the large carafe of sherry and fresh apples that they left for us. What a nice touch. The windows were beautiful and could be opened for fresh air. There was a settee at the end of the bed. Honestly, if we did not have so many things to see and do in the area...I could have just stayed in this hotel 24/7. Sigh.
Dinner is included, at least it was with your room and I would highly recommend it not only for the incredible feast you will experience...but because that long winding road down from the castle is not lit at night....don't want to end up in the Rhine! But who would want to go anywhere else for dinner??? It was the best meals I think I have ever had! The politeness of the seating. Then the choice of wine.....lovely selection of local German wines. By the way....that area is covered with vineyards. At dinner, when looking inland, there are vineyards right there. They had a great wine selection of local wines and made excellent choices for us every night. First, the amuse-bouche...different every night and delightful. Then, hard to remember there was so much good food...I think a salad and then maybe soup...probably both. Also, wonderful bread and butter (that butter was good) with each meal. Then the meal. Then cheese I think, then dessert. I lost track after awhile with so much good wine and food. I am telling you...this was one of the best experiences I have ever had anywhere. They were meticulous about everything.
Before dinner or after dinner....several places to sit in the castle to have a drink. But the best is the outdoor terrace overlooking the Rhine. When we were there, it was cold and yes a bit rainy...but we sat out there anyways! It looked like in nicer weather, they might even serve food out there. The view of the Rhine with a great glass of Riesling is something you cannot miss. And, it is sort of like going on a cruise. Everyone that is there eats there at night...so before and after dinner is great conversation with fellow travelers. They have rooms where you can read or play chess, etc. They have free wifi in certain rooms of the hotel. I could just go on forever.
Breakfast....fantastic. I huge buffet of everything imaginable. But my favorite was the little glass dish which held a cooked tomato topped with half of a soft boiled egg....oh, just that alone I thought I had died and gone to heaven. Any food you wanted at breakfast and....they will also cook you eggs and bacon (eggs anyway you want) if you ask...for no extra charge. Yum!!! Of course, they had champagne at breakfast too...what a great way to start your day!
Okay, clearly you can see that this is a fantastic destination not only from my reviews but from others. You just cannot pass this place up.
From here you can visit many things...take a cruise on the Rhine...we visited Burg Eltz which is a wonderful castle and still in fantastic condition. Mainz is a cute little town worth visiting and Rudesheim.
Castle Hotel Auf Schoenburg....I can't thank you enough....we will come again gladly!
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