This is the castle hotel experience that makes one feel like royalty, from the entrance reception, to the rooms, dining, and service. Situated on a hill, or burg, overlooking the Rhein River, this must be the one that the river cruises photograph the most.
My room, #20, had a small balcony overlooking the Rhein, and it was appropriately furnished for a castle and full of all the amenities one would want in a room, and even more, including a CD player with CDs. While the room was terrific, it was hard not to spend time in the library – full of books – with its welcoming fire place. After dinner, I would sit here by the fireplace, a good book, and a glass of Cognac, thinking, or play acting like I was the lord of the castle.
There are at least three dining rooms, and all are also appropriately furnished and decorated as a castle should be, or at least as one thinks they might/should be. The rooms come with half-pension, typically with a prix fixe 4-course meal, but choosing a la’ carte is also an option.
The first evening I could not handle the 4-course dinner, so I just had the Salmon-pike-perch terrine with chive sauce and orange-celery salad as an appetizer, and this was, for me, an unusual salmon presentation, but the mixture of flavors made it a delight. The main dish was the Roasted breast of pheasant with savoy cabbage, morel cream sauce and bohemian dumplings, which was another very pleasant presentation, but I found the pheasant to be a little on the dry and tough side, with little flavor. I admit to liking and eating a lot of game on these trips to Germany, but it has been a long time since I last had pheasant, so maybe this was ‘normal’.
On the second evening I decided on the 4-course menu, substituting a mixed garden salad for the 1st course prawns (allergy). The rest included:
• Sorrel cream soup with roasted almonds
• Stew of lamb and white cabbage with thyme and straw potato
• Chilled plum soup with homemade Riesling ice-cream
All extremely well presented, but the flavors were missing; the previous castle hotel restaurant had set the bar quite high with regards to flavors, and the Schönburg Castle just did not make it, in that sense.
The service here is about standard – nothing exceptional – with more than enough wait staff on hand to provide service, but maybe the excess wait staff takes away the personal experience of dining.
The castle grounds and the castle itself are fantastic and they are well visited by tourists.
If you want a true castle (hotel) experience, this is the place to stay.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- We warmly welcome you to Schönburg Castle in Oberwesel, one of the most romantic and beautiful castle hotels in Germany! Spoil yourselves in our special world of pleasant rest, cultural diversion and culinary delights, - a real vacation. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Castle Hotel Oberwesel