The Castle Hotel Colmberg in Bavaria is a picturesque stop on both the Castle Road and Romantic Road, two of the best scenic drives in Germany. Hidden away in the Bavarian countryside, it is best reached by car (although it is reachable by cab from the train station). The town of Colmberg offers plenty of medieval charm, idyllic surroundings, and a once-in-a-lifetime experience for couples and families alike.
History of Castle Colmberg
Once the hunting ground of Neolithic tribes, the area was first settled by the Celts. Franconian kings eventually moved in and continued to use the area as a hunting area. A primitive castle (Burg Colmberg) was built on the current site and extended as rulers and times changed. The castle's ancient stone towers still stand today and were constructed in the 13th century.
In 1318, it was sold to the Burgrave Friederich IV of Nuremberg. Eventually calling himself Friedrich Margrave of Brandenburg, he experienced several rises in status while he owned (and occasionally lived) the castle. When he died in 1440, the castle became known as Schön-Else’s and his descendants became kings of Prussia in the 1700s and German Emperors in 1871. The castle was the headquarters of the kingdom of Bavaria throughout the 19th century.
From 1927 until 1964 the castle fell under foreign ownership of the last imperial consul of Japan. The Unbehauen family acquired the castle in 1964 and since that time it has operated as a hotel. Three generations later, it is still family run.
Staying at Castle Hotel Colmberg
You can already see it from afar: The Castle Hotel Colmberg stands majestic on a mountain, overlooking the Franconia region. You drive up a wooded hillside, through a gate from the 16th century to reach the inner courtyard, surrounded by fortified walls.
The hotel still displays an authentic, medieval ambiance and rooms provide picturesque views of the Bavarian landscape. Among the 24 rooms and two suites there are several modern rooms but for the best experience request one of the historic rooms with dreamy four-poster beds, centuries-old paintings, antique furniture, and wooden ceilings.
No elevator or air conditioning are proof of the castle's authenticity; if you have problems walking upstairs, book a room on the hotel's ground floor. (And this may change in 2018.) There is wifi, but don't be surprised if it doesn't pass easily through 1,000-year-old walls. If you need to brush up on your medieval German, rest assured that much of the staff is English-speaking.
Castle Colmberg has it all, so go ahead and live like a king or queen. Have a cup of coffee in the courtyard, visit the chapel and the overgrown royal stables, and take a stroll through the large deer reserve adjacent to the castle.
Feeling famished? Feast on meals fresh from the hunt in the two rustic restaurants on-site. Eat like medieval times with plate loads of Hirschhaxe (knuckle of venison ), Wildsalami (wild game salami), and Hirschpastete (venison pâté). Be sure to order the dark, full-bodied Schwarzer Ritter (black knight) beer that is brewed exclusively for the castle.
For those planning a special event like a wedding, what could be a more elegant setting than a castle? Lucky couples can even say "I do" in the historic Colmberg Castle Chapel. Prefer the outdoors? The rose garden accommodates 110 guests.
Things to do Around Castle Colmberg
Visitor Information for Castle Hotel Colmberg
- Address: An der Burgenstrasse, 1598 Colmberg (about 2 1/2 hours from Munich, 2 hours from Frankfurt, almost 2 hours from Stuttgart)
- Phone: +49 (0) 9803 9 19 20
- Website: www.burg-colmberg.de (book online)
- E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Prices (including breakfast and private bathroom): double bedroom start at €129 to €220