What’s a more perfect way to celebrate your wedding than to spend your honeymoon in a fairytale castle, complete with a medieval vibe and picturesque scenery to keep you company. Spending your honeymoon in a (or several) castle hotel is nothing less than a dream come true for history fanatics and fantasy lovers. Europe offers the world’s best castle hotels to turn your romantic escapade into a lasting memory with dramatic entrances, luxurious services, and a romantic ambiance.
Here is a list of ten of the most famous castle hotels in Europe where you can live your dreams of medieval romance…
Amberley Castle, England
If you wish to enjoy an authentic English experience, then Amberley Castle Hotel is the perfect choice for you. Located in West Sussex, this 12th-century manor with its high curtain walls and stone fortifications is one of the architectural marvels from Norman times–complete with a functional oak portcullis, lowered every night. All the rooms of the castle are luxuriously furnished and include access to all the modern amenities and services you could want or need, including parking, bar-lounge, and room service.
Castle Mönchstein, Austria
Offering a luxury experience mixed with archaic vibes, Mönchstein Castle offers 24 spacious rooms and suites to choose from for the couple wishing to enjoy a Salzburg getaway. From the antique furnishing to the elaborate décor, with detailed floral arrangements and crystal chandeliers, Mönchstein Castle is sure to impress while the amenities leave nothing to be desired. You can enjoy your time with your lover in the infinity pool or relax in a hot tub while enjoying the beauty of the castle. In winters, the ambiance of the castle gets more romantic with outdoor fireplaces lit on the hotel terrace. The hotel also provides the option to have an intimate dinner with your partner in the tower spire.
Schönburg Castle, Germany
Located in the heart of the German Rhineland, this castle embodies a fairytale come to life. Castle Hotel Schönburg is believed to be one of Germany’s most romantic castles hotels, where you can enjoy modern amenities while getting transported to the medieval era. From offering a rich cultural experience to beautiful décor to a fine-culinary experience, Castle Schönburg is an experience of a lifetime to witness. Apart from enjoying this 12th-century castle complex, the beauties of the Middle Rhine Valley are within easy access, as are the vast castle gardens adjacent to the hotel.
Castle of the Bishops Sigüenza, Spain
Dating back to the 5th century AD, the Castle of the Bishops Sigüenza is indeed an ancient wonder with a contemporary touch to its interior décor. Elevated to the status of a hotel from an abandoned castle by the Ministry of Tourism in 1972, the hotel attracts thousands of couples worldwide every year. With its ambient location away from the hustle and bustle of the city, the castle is a perfect spot for couples to spend their romantic escapades. If you visit, don’t forget to stop by the magnificent banquet hall filled with banners and suits of armor, which adds a royal touch to the hotel.
Dalhousie Castle Hotel, Scotland
One of the luxurious hotels in Scotland, Dalhousie Castle Hotel, is about 1.5 miles from the city of Edinburg. This upscale castle hotel dates back to the 13th century; it has been converted to a modern-day guest house with rooms and suites filled with classically elegant décor. You can get a suite filled with period décor to make yourselves feel like Kings and Queens. Dalhousie Castle is a must-visit for spending a romantic honeymoon with your partner, from the marvelous sun-sets to the royal dining space offered by Dalhousie castle hotel.
Aria Hotel Budapest, Budapest
Aria Hotel Budapest takes you back to the renaissance period, with classical symphonies and light melodies filling out the hotel’s ambiance. The hotel is a classic blend of the mellow interior and impeccable service that attracts thousands of couples every year. Aria Hotel is a gift of luxury, set around musical themes with its rooms and suites complementing the hotel’s theme. Couples can even enjoy a fine-dining experience with a live orchestra. The hotel’s highlight–apart from music–is its High Note Skybar, where you can enjoy a romantic night with your partner while enjoying the panoramic view of the city.
Hotel Castillo de Castilnovo
Located in the depression of the San Juan River valley, Hotel Castillo de Castilnovo offers a panoramic view of the Spanish mountains and their natural beauty. The hotel offers multi-functional purposes from a business center to romantically-decorated sweets; there is no amenity lacking in this hotel. Especially for the lover looking forward to spending a romantic and peaceful honeymoon, Hotel Castillo de Castilnovo offers you a blend of ancient and modern ambiance. Period-style decorated rooms and hallways that will take you centuries back in time to enjoy an archaic experience. If you do feel like venturing out on an adventure, Castilnovo is only an hour outside Segovia, where you could visit another well-known Spanish castle, the Alcazar of Segovia
Lough Eske Castle, Ireland
Sitting on the shore of Lough Eske, a lake in County Donegal, Lough Eske Castle is one of the luxurious castle hotels in Ireland. Especially for the newlywed couples who wish to enjoy a romantic escapade away from the bustling noises of city life, the castle offers a blend of hotel and spa services where couples can spend a joyous and relaxing time while enjoying the historical architecture of the castle. Some of the prominent features of Lough Eske include its Victorian-style spa house, infinity dip pools, luxurious bathrooms with walk-in showers, and designer toiletries–offering you a luxurious experience.
Swinton Park Hotel, England
Another one of the prominent luxury hotels and spas in Europe, this 17th-century castle surrounded by 200 acres of parkland offers you a dreamy getaway with your partner. Offering traditional English hospitality with comforts of the modern times, the hotel is an impeccable blend of modern with archaic. All 31 rooms in the estate are filled with period décor, oil paintings, along with antique fireplaces harboring organic wood for burning, creating a romantic ambiance.
Hotel Savoy, Florence
A five-star hotel standing proud in the heart of Florence, Italy, Hotel Savoy is one of the city’s most luxurious and key attractions. Built-in 1893, the hotel’s interior is laced with traditional furniture and antiquities, which allow the guest an authentic experience of the nineteenth-century lifestyle. Located at a prime location, there are numerous fashion houses, art galleries, and other key tourist attractions within walking distance, offering a prime city experience for newly-weds to enjoy on their honeymoon.
We hope you’ve enjoyed this trip around Europe, with ten of the most famous castle hotels that you can opt for while planning your romantic escapade. Which one(s) made it into your dream wedding plans? Let us know in the comments!
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Dan graduated from Johnson & Wales University with an associate degree in Culinary Arts. Later he graduated from the University of Utah with a bachelor’s degree in International Studies with a focus on people and culture.