I found Auf Schonbug to be an amazing and unique experience. Upon arriving at the Oberwesel train station, we had to call a taxi. This was very easy as there was a phone booth and the taxi phone number posted on the building next to the booth. The operator spoke english and our taxi arrived within 5 mintues of calling. I highly reccomend having a taxi take you to the castle. The taxi ride is about 7 Euro for two people with luggage.
Upon arriving at the castle we decide to bring our own luggage in, as it not allot, however Auf Schonburg does have a porter who will bring your luggage up from the parking area if it is needed. When I walked in I was amazed at how beautiful the castle was and all of the antiques inside. The women that greeted us was dressed in the appropriate time period attire. She walk us up to our room and showed us where to find anything that we might need inside of our room. She handed us a blue scroll which outlined our information on our room and stay at the castle as well as providing a map of the castle. Our room key was affixed to a key chain which was a small metal knight. I thought that the level of details were incredible. Auf Schonberg really goes the extra miles to take you back to the days of living like a king in their castle.
We stayed in room 20, It was very spacious and spotlessly clean. There were chocoates on our pillows, a complimentary decantuer of Sherry, and some freash apples waiting in our room. There is ineternet service available in your room iof you have a laptop, there was a hairdryer, mini fridge, stereo with cd's,and a iron and board in the closet, and a tv which was hidden behind a picture on the wall.
We chose to have dinner at the castle both of the nights which we stayed there. The food was absolutly incredible. Each night you are given a complimentary appetizer compliments of the kitchen. The concierge was extremely accomadating and even took time to show us around the castle after his shift had ended. All of the waitstaff are multi lingual and very very accomadting, They were consistantly amking sure that we were happy. If you see something on the menu and you do not think you will like it, they will have something else prepared for you.
I urge you though to be brave and try new things while dining there. The staff takes the time to know what you had the night before such as apperitif, and will ask you if you would like it again before dinner or even something dinner. I was really impressed with the level of throughness with all of the staff. I s!!!ly reccommend the cream of poultry soup...It was delicious....
There is a path to hike down into town, it takes about 15 minutes, this offered us nice views of the river and castle, however it is a little steep at times in comparison to other castles in the area such as Burg Eltz in Moselkern. The hike back up the trail is not horrible but it is steep at times, if you are tired after a day of travelling I would reccommed waiting on the hike.
In regard to the previous negative post about Auf Schonburg, the trains are really not that loud and I did not find them to be distracting to the point were I couln'd sleep. In fact I slept better at Auf Schonberg than I do most nights at home, as I found the bed to be very comfortable, it actually rained and began to thunder and lighting and I found it to be beautiful. The decantuer of sherry allows for the wine to breath and develop flavour. And the decantuer is refilled each day of your stay, so that you may enjoy it in your room or on your balcony after dinner (make sure you drink it, it was delicious). Everything was very clean the shampoo was in a nice glass dispenser inside of our shower. I did not see hair conditioner, however many of the other places that I stayed in while in Europe only provided shampoo and soaps, no conditioner.
The breakfast is served buffet style however it is the traditional German Fair of fresh meats, cheese, crossaints, strudel, delicious fresh made jams, bread, and an egg with tomato and herbs, ceral, oj, coffee, tea, sparkling wine. Everything was incredibly good. Not to mentioned the nice silver serving platters, and sugar and creamer sets. We were not sure where to go for breakfast within the castle so we asked on the employees and they directed us to the appropriate room.
I have been many places and stayed at several differnt star rated hotels. Keep in mind that Europes' star rating is not necessarily the same as in the U.S. but if I had to rate Auf Schonburg I would give them 5 stars without question. It was an amazing experience and I cannot wait to go back again and again. Even if you are only there for 1 night it is well worth the splurge for this very unique and wonderful experience.
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- Also Known As:
- Castle Hotel Oberwesel
- Castle Hotel Auf Schoenburg Germany/Oberwesel