by Andrea Guthmann
Overlooking the Neckar River Valley, you’ll see knights in armor in the lobby and restaurant, and some of the bedrooms do come with four-poster beds, but not much else throughout the Hotel Burg Hornberg will feel regal. Some of the furniture is a bit dated, and as is often the case in Germany’s castle hotels, there’s no air conditioning. Hot summer nights in this castle hotel can be absolutely sweltering.
The largest room is a two-bedroom suite, which can fit four people. It has a TV in each bedroom, but there is no communal sitting area. The bathrooms are modern and include showers, but no baths.
The highlight of Burg Hornberg is the restaurant. The regional Schwabian specialties featured on the menu are world class, and the views overlooking the Neckar River Valley are equally delicious! You can eat either on the outdoor patio or inside, surrounded by historic paintings and portraits, knights in armor and murals reflecting the local shields and family crests. Menus are provided in both German and English, and there’s a children’s menu as well. A lavish buffet breakfast is included with overnight stays. You’ll find a wide variety of cold cuts, smoked salmon, cheeses, fresh bread, pretzel rolls and croissants, as well as fresh jams, cereals, fresh fruit and yogurts.
Burg Hornberg abuts a vineyard and the hotel/restaurant makes its own riesling wine. The hotel also rests at the foot of a forest, allowing guests the opportunity for a nice hike. If it’s a peaceful retreat you seek, you’ll enjoy overnighting at Burg Hornberg.
Our Editor Loves
- a knight in armor stands guard in the lobby
- lavish complimentary buffet breakfast
- hiking in the nearby forest
by Carol S
Makes this place worthwhile! So charming to be able to go see the 13th-15th century ruins. Room clean but very sparse. One almost threadbare towel in each size and no real amenities. Shower leaked all over the floor. Our dinner was very nice and breakfast was fine. A nice stop but glad we were only there for 1 night.
This is the third time we have stayed here as it is on our route home. We stay in the annexe as the rooms are quiet, comfortable and have a balcony overlooking the woods. There are 11 steps up to the annexe and some rooms are up more stairs on the first floor, there is no lift. I noticed that the carpet on some of the stairs is beginning to fray. The ensuites in these rooms have a shower cubicle, some toiletries and are on the small side but adequate. The rooms are carpetted but there are not enough sockets nor was there a USB socket. Our twin room contained a wardrobe and two chairs, and each bed had two huge pillows which needed to be folded over, but the beds were comfortable.
Breakfast is in the restaurant and fish, meats, cheeses, breads, pastries and cake were available along with two fruit juices and one kind of milk. Neither the milk nor the yoghurts were labelled. There is nothing wrong here but I always find myself thinking 'Good but ....'; himself likes it though.
This time while we were here we paid E4 each to enter the castle and E3 for a guide which is in German but you can have an English translation for a small fee. The paths are uneven in places but are not unsafe. There are 131 steps to the top of the tower but there is nothing to see up there. The huge hall is the most impressive part and the carvings.