Discover Germany, Issue 81, December 2019

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Winter romance and fairy-tale weddings in one of Germany’s most significant castles Many people across the world are already familiar with the Wartburg Castle in Thuringia, a castle as legendary as it is impressive. The castle premises, which were built from the 12th to the 14th century, are known internationally as a former refuge for Martin Luther. Today, the Wartburg is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and home to the beautiful five-star Romantik Hotel. This is where fairy tales really do come true. TEXT: MARILENA STRACKE  I  PHOTOS: ROMANTIK HOTEL AUF DER WARTBURG

The Romantik Hotel at the Wartburg opened its doors over 100 years ago, in 1914. The special location, right by one of the most prominent buildings in German history, and the view of the nature park Thuringian Forest, contribute to the unique atmosphere of the hotel.

every detail. Head chef Annett Reinhardt ensures the guests are well catered for. She follows a contemporary culinary philosophy, and thanks to her, you can even try the homemade Wartburg gateau.

Over the years, the charming hotel above the town of Eisenach has been renovated quite a few times, though without ever having to give up any of its special vibe. Today, the hotel merges history and palpable authenticity with romance and modern individuality at the highest level.

Visitors come from all over the world. Here, you will not only meet romantic couples, but also families, hikers and culture enthusiasts. Particularly during winter, the Romantik Hotel at the Wartburg presents itself as a fairy-tale location. After a chilly walk, you can warm up at the fireplace or in the spa area ‘Jungbrunnen’, complete with Finnish sauna.

Since this year, the traditional hotel has been led by Hannes Horsch, a passionate hotelier whose dedication can be found in

If you are looking for an unforgettable dream wedding location, you have found your spot. Hosting weddings and oth-

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er celebrations has been a long tradition at the hotel, and therefore, a great deal of attention is given to it. In the room ‘Jägerzimmer’, there’s an external branch of Eisenach’s registry, and every Friday, as well as every third and fourth Saturday of each month, some truly fabulous weddings take place here. The murals of the wedding room were painted by the artist Kurt Roquette from Weimar, during the 1930s. From sophisticated receptions to splendid dinners and wedding celebrations that last a few days in front of a historic backdrop – the skilled hotel team provides excellent service and is happy to advise in advance. Those who have always dreamed about becoming the lord of the castle for one night are also in luck – because you can rent the entire hotel exclusively. All 37 rooms and the historic coat of arms hall are available for one night. It can’t get more exclusive and enchanted than that.