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Sababurg - castle of the Sleeping Beauty

View of Sababurg in Northern Hesse, Enlarge picture
View of Sababurg

With its rose garden, Sababurg Castle – home of the Sleeping Beauty – appears to come right from a fairytale.

As early as 1334, the archbishop of Mainz ordered the then “Zapfenburg” (“tenon castle”) to be erected amidst the Reinhardswald Forest in order to protect the pilgrims of the pilgrimage village of Gottsbüren. Roughly 160 years on, landgrave Wilhelm I. ordered the “Zapfenburg” to be extended to a sumptuous hunting lodge and horse stud. What followed were eventful years of history, in which the castle decayed and fired people’s imaginations. Not least because of the long and high thorn hedge (ca. 1571 – 1591) at the foot of the castle, which was last used to protect the own stock from wild animals, the vernacular gave the picturesque ruin the name “Castle of the Sleeping Beauty”.

Today, the more than 675-year-old castle houses a romantic hotel, a restaurant and a café, as well as a civil registry.

The medieval vaulted cellar and the open air stage in the inner court of the castle are regular locations for theatre plays, lectures, concerts etc.

A highlight in the outside area – in particular during the rose flowering from the end of May to August – is the historic castle garden, which was refurbished a few years ago.

The outside area with castle garden, spice garden, fairytale round tour “Sleeping Beauty”, ruin of the great hall and the ascent of the tower is accessible daily from April to October between 10:00 and 17:00.


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Download the fairytale "Sleeping Beauty" in German (PDF, 86 Kb)


Dornröschenschloss Sababurg:
Im Reinhardswald
34369 Hofgeismar
tel: +49 (0) 5671 808 0
fax: +49 (0) 5671 808 200

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