Photos courtesy of Althoff Grandhotel Schloss Bensberg
120 rooms and suites
Double rooms: 195–265 euros
Suites: from 325 euros
Open: all year
Bensburg is just east of Cologne (Köln) and reachable by KVB rail U1 and bus. The subway stop is only a 3-minute walk away.
By car, from the motorway junction of A3/A4, follow the A4 east and take the 4th exit (Moitzfeld), turn left in the direction of Bensberg Centre. At the next intersection with lights, turn right (Am Stockbrunnen) and left on Kadettenstrasse. Follow around Bensburg Castle and turn right into hotel drive.
On site: spa; swimming
Nearby: golf; hiking; Cologne
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As soon as you drive up to the front door of this opulent palace hotel, you’ll feel every bit the prince or princess. Everything here is grand, spacious, and first-rate, from the service to the guest rooms.
Elegantly appointed guest rooms are decorated in neutral colors. A menu offers different kinds of pillows that room service will bring up. Terrific views can look out over the gardens or inner courtyard. From some of the suites on the second floor, you can spot the dome of the cathedral of Cologne (Köln) in the distance. Bathrooms—lined in marble with gold touches— hold showers.
The palace is a popular venue for weddings and special events. Its renowned restaurants—the 3-starred Michelin restaurant “Vendôme” and the Italian restaurant “Trattoria Enoteca”—attract a following, so make sure you reserve a table far in advance. Afternoon tea is served in the Lobby Bar.
The hotel also operates a full day spa to smooth away all your travel stress.
Awarded 3 stars by Michelin, Vendôme is considered one of the best restaurants in Germany.