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“A Truley Authentic Baron's Castle”

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Schloss Sommersdorf
Lafayette, Louisiana
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“A Truley Authentic Baron's Castle”
Reviewed November 13, 2012

While planning our 6-week, self-drive tour of Europe, we decided that we wanted to stay in a real castle somewhere along the way. We were flying into Frankfurt, Germany and going to be driving along the Romantic Road. I searched the internet for lodgings along the way and I came across the 2009 article in the NYT of Schloss Sommersdorf and was impressed. We booked a 4-day stay at the Schloss with Baron Von Crailsheim and he emailed us with much information and driving directions to the castle. All was perfect. The article and website are EXACTLY as presented. Our stay was everything we envisioned, all was so authentic. We felt that we could have been living in medieval times (with modern conveniences). The moat and grounds were impressive all with beautiful views from our windows. We had breakfast with the Baron and Baroness and they were extremely hospitable. I cannot say enough about our stay at Schloss Sommersdorf, it was one of the highlights of our trip. We hope to one day return.

  • Stayed May 2012, traveled with family
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Reviewed September 25, 2010

Schloss Sommersdorf fits the image of a medieval castle. It has a moat, a keep, a crypt - even a real baron! Baron von Crailsheim was a very gracious host and gave us a fascinating tour of the castle. The castle is in a lovely rural area with lots of wildlife - we saw a stork! - but is only a few minutes away from interesting towns like Ansbach, Rothenburg, and Dinklesbühl. We had a wonderful time at Schloss Sommersdorf!!

  • Stayed June 2010, traveled with family
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Detroit, Michigan
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Reviewed October 19, 2009

Just back from a wonderful week in Schloss Sommersdorf, a real 800 yr-old castle. It has been brought into modern times with electricity and water and microwave ovens but the bones are truly old (including the mummies in the cellar).

More like a B&B than a hotel but you're on your own for most meals. We had breakfast with the Baron and Baroness our first morning at which time he also gave us an overview of the castle's istory and grounds and a package of materials to help us find our way aound the region. (Maps were a help but GPS is better). Also were invited to tea later in the week after which we were givien a tour of the castle's turrets and catacombs andthe Baron's car vintage collection.

Very nicely appointed apartment with living room, bedroom, bath and small but complete kitchen. Fresh flowers from the gardens were on the table. Furnished with antiques and oriental rugs (as any castle woth its name should be) and flat screen TV. View from the bedroom of the courtyard, from the living room of the moat and ponds beyond.

There's no business center but for those who can't live without a daily internet fix, there is a laptop available for use. They indicate a daily charge -the funds generated are forwarded to a children's charity in Tanzania. There is also a fridge with local beers and wines available on honor system. Very reasonably priced - not like hotel mini-bars! There is a large very modern kitchen available if you want to REALLY cook.

No organized activities but lots to do - walking within and outsisde the castle walls, carp ponds, bicycles. Beautiful gardens - you're welcome to pick the flowers and fruits - we had wonderful pears and grapes for breakfast each day and with some of the suoer Franken wines of the region.

We were greeted by the owner, Baron von Crailsheim, bringing us a fresh apple strudel made by the housekeeper. There was a small supply of food (eggs, bread, butter, coffee, tea, wine, sausage) to get us started until we could stop at the market in the village to purchase our own foods. Nearest market was about 4 km away. We could walk to the Gasthof in the village for a meal with the locals. Good, hearty local specialties.

Nearby larger towns include Ansbach, Wurzberg, Nurmburg, Dinkelsbuhl.

Not a typical place at all but fun, special, easy. Check out the NYT Travel section from 9 August 2009 - photo and info about this and other German castles taking in overnight guests.

  • Stayed October 2009, traveled as a couple
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Additional Information about Schloss Sommersdorf

Property: Schloss Sommersdorf
Address: Sommersdorf, 91595 Burgoberbach, Bavaria, Germany
Location: Germany > Bavaria > Franconia > Middle Franconia > Burgoberbach
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 1 Specialty Lodging in Burgoberbach
Number of rooms: 8
Also Known As:
Schloss Sommersdorf Germany/Bavaria

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