Let me just say I’m not this well trained in living in castles. I’ve seen quite a few and stepped inside but sleeping in them? Having afternoon tea in the Knights Hall every day? Let’s just say it’s not always on my agenda (though it really should be). That did change for four spectacular days as Lukas and I traveled to Germany’s countryside and lived like royalty. It’s an adventure right on the property! And there is a lot of luxury adventure to explore here. If you’ve never thought about adding a castle stay to our bucket list, continue on this post and I think you’ll change your mind.
I am beyond excited to share this property experience. As Lukas and I are traveling down Germany’s fairy-tale route – what would be the absolute must do experience I thought? Aside from all the gorgeous small village architecture and charm to soak in – what would be the ultimate experience? Stay in a castle, of course! I’ve always wanted to do that and there isn’t a better place than Germany to have such an adventure. After quite a bit of research on various castles around, we ended up going with Schlosshotel Münchhausen in Aerzen – just two hours south of Hamburg.
Living In A Fairy Tale
Schlosshotel Münchhausen is a 5-star castle hotel that is now the home inside Schloss Schwöbber, originally constructed in 1570 by Hilmar von Münchhausen. It was only as early as 2004 where owner Friedrich Popkin opened it as a luxury hotel. With 68 rooms and suites, the extra large property makes everyone feel like they’re kings and queens of the castle. You can stay in the castle (as we did) or for the more budget friendly version of this experience stay in the property’s apartment “Kleine Muehle” or in their Tithe Barn, which houses 36 of the total rooms on the property.
is a 5-star castle hotel that is now the home inside Schloss Schwöbber, originally constructed in 1570 by Hilmar von Münchhausen. It was only as early as 2004 where owner Friedrich Popkin opened it as a luxury hotel. With 68 rooms and suites, the extra large property makes everyone feel like they’re kings and queens of the castle. You can stay in the castle (as we did) or for the more budget friendly version of this experience stay in the property’s apartment “Kleine Muehle” or in their Tithe Barn, which houses 36 of the total rooms on the property.
We booked a suite for four nights in the castle and it was the best decision we made. Our decision to stay inside was a suggestion from someone else and we are very happy that we took their advice and continue to recommend it if you can splurge for it! It became such a highlight our trip and we continue to talk about it often. Ahhh…fond memories of a simpler time at our castle. I knew staying here would be a treat but I didn’t expect to love it as much as I did. Neither one of us wanted to leave and by the end of it and we actually did get a bit lost in a fairy-tale land. It took us some time to get back to reality!
So we rented our car from Sixt, left Hamburg early on a Sunday morning and onto our castle we went. Even on our last full day L and I just discovered the narrow staircase that opens up to an amazing indoor pool on the other side of the property. Just another reason to come back! More hidden rooms I’m sure!
Our living room.
The breakfast parlor
Breakfast was included in our stay so a typical morning started with us heading to the breakfast room and eating in a sunny space or having it brought back to our suite for our late start mornings.
A positive side to the unpredictable weather in Germany…it’s ideal rainbow weather! We had this stunner while having our afternoon coffee and tea.
In the afternoon we would find ourselves in the Knight’s Hall or near the Schloss Bar for coffee and tea. This is where I really got used to the whole “Kaffee und kuchen” hour of the day.
The Knight’s Hall
The indoor pool and spa area.
We spent a full afternoon just touring the grounds of the property and walking around the gardens. As I mentioned before we’re never sure when it could start raining again so any hint of sun means we should run outside and enjoy it!
Dinner from the Schlosskeller, the more “rustic” one of the restaurants at the castle. The castle also has a Michelin star gourmet restaurant on property from chef Achim Schwekendiek.
A roaring fire in the Knights Hall after dinner.
We found ourselves having drinks here at night where Lukas tries to guide me on ordering gin & tonics. I think I’ll stick to my glass of wine and sweeter cocktails.
On a calm evening, we found ourselves ordering late night sandwiches to the room.
What really made our experience feel beyond real was the exceptional staff and the nearly empty property. At our arrival, the attentive staff checked us in and took our bags to the suite while another person escorted us into one of their Mercedes-Benz just to drive us from one end of the property to another where they were having a brunch event. Due to the location of the castle, the castle is the destination and unless there is an event or wedding happening, it appears to be ready for all guests. I mean, we really felt we had the entire castle to ourselves. On our first morning, Lukas strolls down to the front room in a bathrobe where they greet him by his first name.
The best deal on their website which allows you to stay in a suite for four nights with breakfast included (a great addition for our stay!) for only 1.000 Euro. We paid for dinner and drinks throughout (when the line “just add it to the room” becomes dangerous for our checking accounts!). But we really had a marvelous time and can’t wait to return once again.
Schlosshotel Münchhausen: Schwöbber 9, 31855 Aerzen | website | p: +49 (0)5154 70600