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Castle Steinau

Castle Steinau

A Memorial To The Brothers Grimm

Like many other German castles, the Castle Steinau is really a palace that dates from the Renaissance period but what makes this one so special is that it is the site of a memorial to the Brothers Grimm (of fairy tale fame).

The castle is closed during January and February and every Monday throughout the year. The opening hours for March to November are 10.00 am to 5.00 pm.

The Fairy Tale Route

Part of the fairy tale route of Germany, the Castle Steinau was built in 1525 and is one of the best preserved Renaissance palaces. It has long been the secondary residence of the Earls von Hanau and was enlarged in the 16th/17th centuries into a pentagonal shape. The castle parlour and the kitchens are often used for presentations.

The Brother Grimm Memorial

Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm were and still are the most famous publishers of fairy tales to come out of Germany. There fantasy fairy tales have been translated into almost every language in the world. Everyone has heard and thrilled with delight to the scary tale of Hansel and Gretel and the romantic tale of the Frog Prince and these are just two of the hundreds of fairy tales that were collected and published by the Brothers Grimm.

The importance of their contribution to history and the myths of Germany and wider parts of Europe has been memorialised in the statue that was erected at the Castle Steinau.

A Medieval History

Parts of the wall of the Castle Steinau remain from the early medieval structure and the tower which has a square base and dome in the Baroque style dominates the architecture of this fine building.

Surrounded by a moat that is between 4 and 5 metres deep and between 18 and 25 metres wide, the castle is really a fortified palace and inside the Hirschgraben is a children’s playground.

Guided Tours

Locals who know the complete history of the castle and the unique stories about the Brothers Grimm will take you on a guided tour around the Castle Steinau. Interesting for both adults and children the tours offer a unique insight into a castle where the Grimm family resided from 1791 to 1796.

Richly decorated and with picturesque grounds, the Castle Steinau is one of the German castles that should not be missed.

Where To Stay Near Castle Steinau

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Gasthof Hausmann

A three star hotel, the Gasthof Hausmann is 5.97 kilometres from Castle Steinau. Managed by one family, the hotel has a tradition of welcoming guests that goes back for some 450 years.

Situated in the heart of the old city of Schlüchtern, the hotel has comfortable rooms with free Wi-Fi, a restaurant and staff that speak English.

Akzent Hotel Stadt SchlüchternAkzent Hotel Stadt Schlüchtern

A superior three star hotel that is 6.15 kilometres from the castle, the Akzent Hotel Stadt Schlüchtern has 60 beds in comfortable rooms with contemporary furniture and fittings. Rooms are equipped with a telephone, TV and there is a choice of single or doubles. One room with wheelchair access is available. You can have breakfast in your room and there is a restaurant for evening meals.

KIShotel am Kurpark

Close to the spa gardens and situated 7.81 kilometres from the Castle Steinau, the KIShotel am Kurpark hotel is rated three stars and has a spacious garden for relaxation. Free Wi-Fi and parking are just two of the services that is on offer from this hotel which is an ideal base for visitors who want to explore the Spessart, Rhön and Vogelsberg mountains.

Travelling To Castle Steinau

By Air

The closest International airport is Frankfurt and it is 79 kilometres away. However, there are regular trains and buses and the route by car is a simple one.

By Train

Trains from the airport are the S7, S8 and S9 or you can take the RE with Deutsche Bahn which goes directly from the airport to Steinau. Journey time by train is two hours.

By Road

Using the motorway A66 from Frankfurt, proceed to exit 48 marked Schlüchtern-Süd. Take the direction of Steinau-Ost and then follow the signposts for the castle. Journey time is around 1 hour by car.

Other Places To Visit Close To Castle Steinau

Something Different

The unique and original Steinau Puppet Theatre is a wonderful place to visit for both adults and children. The Marionettentheater Die Holzköppe puts on shows of the Grimms fairy tale stories with which everyone is so familiar. The theatre has been run by the same family for many years and shows are featured every day. Fun to watch and interesting to see, the fairy tales come to life in this theatre that offers something completely different.

Spa And Wellness Centre

If you are searching for somewhere to recharge your batteries then the spa and wellness centre at Spessart-Therme Bad Soden-Salmünster is the place to try. Hot springs, a sauna and a diverse range of treatments are available and you will thoroughly enjoy the feeling of well being that you get after a visit to the Therme.

The Fairy Tale Road In Germany

Steinau Castle is one of the most famous of castles on the fairy tale road in Germany. Renowned for its beauty and its association with the Brothers Grimm, the castle has a great appeal for families. Children will love seeing the part of the world where many of the fairy tales that they know and love were originally told.

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