schlosshotel althornitz

Photos courtesy of Schlosshotel Althörnitz








Never a defensive castle, this graceful schloss was built between 1651-1654 for the Zittau Bürgermeister, Dr. Christian von Hartig.

One of the more illustrious personages to be associated with the castle was Walter von Tschirnhaus, a physicist whose research contributed to the discovery of making true porcelain, a secret always kept by the Chinese. Unfortunately, he died before he saw the fruits of his work. Meissen porcelain was the first to appear in Europe.

Pamela’s Perspective

You’re not isolated at this property; there are additional restaurants nearby if you like to mix it up.


Schlosshotel Althörnitz

A 17th-century palace


Zittauer Strasse 9
02763 Bertsdorf-Hörnitz
Tel: ++49 (0) 3583 5500
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Fast facts

74 rooms

Inside castle:
Double rooms: from 59–89+ euros
Suites: from 114 euros
Single rooms: 54–62 euros
Double rooms: 70–86 euros

Open: all year

Getting there

The schloss is just west of Zittau. Follow S137 west.

What to do

Nearby: bicycling; hiking; Zittau Mountains National Park


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Schlosshotel Althörnitz is an easy-going castle hotel with an exceptionally friendly staff and relaxing atmosphere.

Located in a small park, adjacent to a village, the castle grounds are quiet with only the occasional duck from the pond breaking the tranquility.

Guest rooms inside the historical castle are the best ones, while a modern annex holds additional rooms. All rooms vary in size and configuration with either a shower or bath in the en suite bathrooms.

Rooms are brightly decorated with a combination of restored period pieces—reflecting the castle’s origins—and contemporary design. Some rooms have balconies.

A multi-course, candlelight dinner is presented at the Hörnitz Schlossstube restaurant, or for more informal fare, you can try the Winter Garden bistro, which overlooks the park. On weather-friendly days, meals are served outdoors on the terrace.

Wind the day up at a cozy bar called the “Havana Club,” with Mr. Rico pouring your drinks.

Something special

curlicueLocation on German, Polish, and Czech border makes excursions into all three easy.