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Ahrensburg Castle, Germany

Ahrensburg Castle

An Architectural Wonder

The town of Ahrensburg dates back to the 13th century and is notable for the beautiful Ahrensburg Castle built around 1580 during the Renaissance period. This stunning castle has now become a symbol of the town and there are lots of activities for visitors to enjoy. Known as a water castle, the landmark building sits on an island surrounded by a moat and is now used as a museum where you can see exhibitions of delicate porcelain, paintings and beautiful furniture.

The Splendour Of A Baroque Schloss

The Schloss Ahrensburg was remodelled in the Baroque style and the museum is a great attraction. You can participate in many events and when discovering the upper floors you are provided with a pair of slippers so that the exquisite Rococo staircase and parquet floors will not be damaged. You can enjoy a personal guided tour or use one of the hand held audio guides to learn more about the history of this amazing castle.

Gardens And Celebrations

Surrounded by spacious gardens, the Ahrensburg Castle is available as a venue for weddings and other celebrations. Wedding ceremonies are performed in either the garden hall or the library room. One of the many special events available for children is a themed birthday party that can involve dressing up in period costumes and exploring the castle. There are also handicrafts, hide and seek and fairy tale readings. During the summer months the castle has events such as the medieval market and music concerts and you can also book a room for a special event of your own.

Hotels Close To Ahrensburg Castle

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Park Hotel Ahrensburg

One of the closest hotels to the castle is the Park Hotel which is modern and has four stars. It is within easy walking distance of the town and rooms are available with a view of the castle. Featuring an award winning restaurant, you can enjoy local cuisine and fine wines and then pay a visit to the Rondeel Bar for a nightcap. The hotel is just 200 metres from the castle and boasts a wide range of amenities including a sauna and solarium. Free Wi-Fi is available in all areas and all the staff speak English.

Hotel du Nord

A little further afield at 5.9 kilometres is the Hotel du Nord, a small hotel situated in the northern Hamburg district of Volksdorf. With modern rooms and a close proximity to the U Bahn subway, you can reach the Ahrensburg Castle and also enjoy a visit to the vibrant city of Hamburg. At the hotel there is tasty Mediterranean cuisine and every day a rich breakfast buffet is available. Each room has a safe and a flat screen TV.

Hotel & Restaurant Alte Schule

Another four star accommodation is the family run Hotel & Restaurant Alte Schule which is 6.5 kilometres from Ahrensburg Castle. Occupying an old school building but offering all the modern amenities you could want, this hotel serves seasonal local dishes and has a fine range of wines. There is an in house bowling alley, free Wi-Fi and it is close to a riding school and golf course. This friendly hotel also accommodates pets by arrangement.

Travelling To Ahrensburg Castle

Travelling to Ahrensburg Castle and museum, you can choose to go by train or road and the main Hamburg airport is only 35 minutes drive away.


There are daily train journeys from Hamburg central station using the Deutch Bahn railway. The journey takes only 20 minutes from Hamburg to Ahrensburg station and then there is a local bus to the castle.

By Road

From Hamburg you can take the A24 motorway or leave the city using the A7 motorway heading in the direction of Hannover Kassel Schweinfurt and then turn off to Ahrensburg. The castle has plenty of free parking.


Hamburg is the closest airport to Ahrensburg Castle and the journey by car from the airport is around 35 minutes. Trains also run directly from the airport every day and the line goes straight to the town of Ahrensburg.

Activities Around Ahrensburg

Fun For Children

When you have had your fill of exploring the wonderful Ahrensburg Castle there are some other activities nearby that will provide entertainment. The Indoor Spielwerk is a great place for kids where they can run around and expend some energy. This indoor playground is just a five minute drive from the castle.

Parks And Nature Reserves

A 25 minute drive will take you to the Duvenstedter Brook, a nature reserve that covers around 780 hectares. The second largest nature reserve of Hamburg, the park has an ancient woodland with a bog and lots of room to roam around the moorland.

A City Sightseeing Trip

Hamburg is a fantastic city port where you can get your fill of sightseeing. There is a splendid hop on-hop off bus tour that takes you around the city or you can choose a cruise around the harbour which will give you a wonderful view of the architectural delights of Hamburg. Hamburg boasts more than 80 tours so there is plenty to choose from including the sensational night time illuminated city tour.

A Vibrant Nightlife

Everyone has heard of the vibrant nightlife available in Hamburg. You can visit bars, cocktail lounges, nightclubs and even go to see the club where the Beatles began their thrust for stardom. All tastes in music are catered for with jazz and disco on offer. Alternatively, you could choose a quiet wine bar and sit around on the pavement and do some people watching.

So Much To See And Do

The choice of extra activities in and around the Ahrensburg Castle is seemingly endless. After a visit to the stunning castle you will find yourself spoiled for choice and you may have to come to a compromise with your holiday companions about which places to visit.

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