Discover Germany, Issue 34, January 2016

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Hotel of the Month Germany

Romantic castle getaway Amidst the picturesque UNESCO World Heritage Site of Upper Middle Rhine, one can find one of Germany’s most beautiful castle hotels. The Hüttl family who manages the Burghotel Auf Schönburg, already in the third generation, impresses with warm hospitality and ensures that each stay is something rather special. TEXT: NANE STEINHOFF I PHOTOS: HPM I GUIDO WERNER I GERD SPANS I LANDOLD I VOLKER LINGER

Situated on a small hill at the Middle Rhine, above the medieval town of Oberwesel, the Burghotel Auf Schönburg, with its big towers and an imposing shield wall, is the perfect place for relaxation and immersing oneself into a romantic time long gone. When one steps into the medieval castle, one can feel that the Hüttl family lives for hospitality here.“We are a family business that is run with loving attention. We seek to offer our guests a holistically pleasant stay through informal, friendly dealings. Whether one seeks a spring stroll through our enchanting garden or a hot chocolate in front of a crackling fireplace, guests can relax in our castle throughout the entire year,” smiles Herrmann Hüttl. The Schönburg castle charms with a thoroughly history-steeped past that goes back

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around 1,000 years. Family Hüttl made it their leasehold object in 1957 and today, their love for the castle can be felt in every little detail. All 24 hotel rooms are individually and lovingly equipped with antique furniture, canopy beds and selected fabrics without neglecting to include modern luxuries, such as TVs, minibars, Wi-Fi or stereo systems. The overall ambience of the historic castle can be described as homelike, authentic and cosy. While a fireside lounge, prison tower and small library invite for extensive relaxation, the hotel’s restaurants offer a high-quality, regionally coined cuisine with own creations.“We promise that every dish is freshly prepared and includes predominantly regional products,“ notes Herrmann Hüttl. Guests can enjoy a big breakfast on the romantic terrace with views across the valley, lunch on another

terrace with views on to the Rhine or a tasty meal in medieval and authentic ambience inside the castle’s affectionately decorated restaurants. Dishes, such as caramelised duck breast or beef fillet tartar with bread chips are sure to impress. The castle’s surroundings have a great deal to offer too: vineyard paths and forest and meadow trails with magnificent views for hiking and cycling enthusiasts, picturesque small towns, museums, the legendary Loreley and the Pfalzgrafenstein Castle are close by. Main image: The Burghotel Auf Schönburg. Photo: HPM Above, from top: The terrace with views across the Rhine. Photo: Guido Werner The fireplace lounge. Photo: Gerd Spans The castle’s tower room with balcony. Photo: Landold