Photos courtesy of Dornröschenschloss Sababurg
Tel: ++49 (0) 5671 8080
Fax: ++49 (0) 5671 808-200
Single rooms: 70–190 euros
Double rooms: 95–240 euros
Rates include tax and service
2-night stay requested on weekends and holidays.
Open: February through December
About 25 km northeast of Kassel, the best routing to get here is to take the N-7 north to the N-83 toward Hofgeismar. Follow the signposts to Sababurg.
On site: theatre performances
Nearby: hiking; bicycling; animal park
Yes. Inquire hotel for details.
For those of you whose knowledge of castles comes from fairy tales, Sababurg is the real thing. At least the Brothers Grimm, who were frequent guests, thought so; they modeled the castle in their story of Sleeping Beauty from Sababurg. (With due respect to Disney, that other “Sleeping Beauty” castle was inspired from Neuschwanstein in Bavaria.)
The first glimpse of Sababurg, as it appears through the magnificent oak forest, is exciting. Two massive towers and broad turrets have an almost ethereal quality. On closer inspection, you’ll see that one of the towers and an addition contain the hotel.
Period-style decor furnishes some of the guest rooms, with many having excellent views of the countryside. A spiral staircase up the tower leads to the most charming rooms.
The restaurant enjoys a good reputation. Be sure to reserve a table upon arrival.
Known as the “original” Sleeping Beauty castle
The adjacent park is the oldest animal park in the world, dating back to 1571.