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Castle Hotel Auf Schoenburg shim John & Kristie

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travel :: Monday, August 24, 2009
Castle Hotel Auf Schoenburg
EUROPEAN VACATION DAY 12 :: OBERWESEL, GERMANY :: While vacationing on the romantic Rhine River, an enchanting land of legends and fairy tales, we decided it was well worth the splurge to stay two nights in a real-life castle!

The Schoenburg is perched high above the town of Oberwesel, and has watched over the river valley since the 12th century. The castle was half-destroyed by the French in 1689, but was restored over several decades and at a great expense in the late 19th century. Since 1957, it has served as a hotel and restaurant for tourists wanting to experience the romanticized life of medieval nobility.

We had an incredible view of the Rhine River and two other castles from our room, along with a private balcony overlooking the gorgeous courtyard. There was also an original toilet off the balcony. I lifted the lid and saw it emptied onto a bare patch of ground about thirty feet below. A roll of toilet paper next to the seat invited me, but I preferred to use the toilet in the bathroom with modern plumbing and privacy instead.

The staff was always very kind and they were dressed in period outfits. The included breakfasts were amazing, but there wasn't much on the expensive gourmet dinner menu that appealed to Kristie. We dined in charming Bacharach instead, enjoying the opportunity to make another scenic drive across the castle's bridge and down the steep, narrow, twisting road into town.

From atop the castle's stony ramparts, the sunset view of the Rhine River snaking through the vineyards and villages was absolutely beautiful. Definitely a prime smooching spot! We loved our stay at Schoenburg Castle - a very memorable highlight of our trip!

Next post: Burg Eltz!

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