Discover Germany | Issue 19 | October 2014

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Fairy-tale accommodation and fantastic wines On the banks of the famous river Rhine and yet almost hidden in-between lush vineyards, Hotel Kronenschlösschen is a true insider tip. The enchanting elegance of the historic building and the excellently stocked wine cellar make this a wonderful holiday destination. TEXT: MARILENA STRACKE | PHOTOS: PRESS IMAGES

Hotel Kronenschlösschen instantly entices with its remarkable building and idyllic private park. Its view of the legendary Rhine, which meanders gently through the green valley, invites long walks, taking time off and regaining energy. Built in 1884, the beautiful mansion was the setting for an important chapter of German post-war history. It was here in 1947, in the hotel's tower suite, that Germany’s first chancellor, Konrad Adenauer, discussed the new German constitution with Theodor Heuss and Carlo Schmidt.

boutique hotel.” The tasteful interior design changes in each of the eighteen rooms and suites. Stucco ceilings and four-poster beds meet modern features such as marbled jacuzzi's and plasma TV’s. Thanks to Ullrich, the hotel merges history and comfort to perfection.

Responsible for today’s success is hotel owner Hans B. Ullrich. He explains his priority is to preserve its historic character: “The hotel was in a very bad condition back in 1990 and it would have been easier to demolish it. It took two years to completely renovate it but it was worth it. The result is a wonderful little country hotel, a so-called

A well-known highlight is the exceptional variety of wines. The 2,600-strong wine list has been recognised as the Best German Wine List by prestigious Gault-Millau while the Metternich Guide awarded the hotel as Best Riesling Wine List of Germany. From blind tastings to world rarities, this is heaven for wine lovers. “Our cellars store

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Culinary delights can be enjoyed in the gourmet restaurant (which received a Michelin star) or at the rustic bistro. “If weather permits, guests can also dine on our exclusive terrace,”Ullrich adds.

around 50,000 bottles, including the rare 1811 Château d´Yquem,” Ullrich expands. Every spring the hotel becomes the pulsing heart of the Rheingau Gourmet & Wine Festival. During two weeks around 50 events take place and some of the best International chefs and vintners share their secrets. “All together there are around 50 Michelin stars present during the festival,” says Ullrich. Certainly reason enough to pay the Kronenschlösschen a visit and enjoy a glass, or two. www.kronenschloesschen.de