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Schloss Zeilitzheim

Marktplatz 14

97509 Kolitzheim-Zeilitzheim



barockschloss (at)



Why not spend part of your trip to Europe in a Baroque castle in one of Germany's top wine-growing and beer-brewing regions? We are located about halfway between Frankfurt Airport and Nuremberg, about 3 hours' drive from Munich.

Schloss Zeilitzheim (Zeilitzheim Castle) is a Baroque country estate near Volkach in Germany's winemaking region of Franconia in northwestern Bavaria. My parents began restoring the castle in the late 1970s. We have been running a small hotel here for the last twenty years. It is a family-run business tended to by my mother, Marina von Halem, and my wife Katalin and I, Alexander von Halem, as well as numerous helpers from the village.

The castle is situated in the center of the wine-growing village of Zeilitzheim (pop. 750). With its rose-lined cente courtyard, romantic castle garden and splendid halls, the castle is always popular with guests for family celebrations. The individually furnished guestrooms, some with four-poster beds, emanate an intensely private character. The jewel of the castle is the "Schönborn Hall" with its 18th century painted fresco walls. Guests can relax in the castle garden; cultural events also take place year round.

I, Alexander von Halem, the owner of the hotel am a native English speaker with dual citizenship (German / American). I have lived both in Germany and the U.S. for a number of years.

Feel free to contact me if you have questions regarding your European vacation or business trip! I would love to have more visits by my fellow Americans and by Canadians. Many of our hotel guests have become good friends who stay in touch over the years.


Hotel rooms

We have 18 double rooms at Zeilitzheim Castle, all of which can also be used as single rooms. Room rates are EUR 45,-- per person in a double room and EUR 65,-- in a single. There are also room combinations of two double rooms with a shared bathroom for up to 4 persons at EUR 150,--. These rates all include breakfast and taxes. Room and board is possible for groups of 10 and up. There are some great typically German restaurants in nearby Volkach. Please ask me for special tips on a restaurant.

Some of our rooms have four-poster beds. Here are a few pictures of just some of the rooms:

The "Maria Stuart" room has a four-poster bed originally from Balmoral Castle, Scotland. It has a narrow double-bed so it is suited primarily as a single room or as a double for a couple that wants to snuggle up!

This room overlooks the arcade courtyard of the castle with its central fountain.

All rooms have their own shower and WC. Bathrooms are equipped with hairdryers. In keeping with the flair and tradition of the country manor, there are no television sets or telephones in the rooms.


The "Balthasar Neumann" room is named after a famous architect of the Baroque period who was active in the region, most notably for being principal architekt of the Würzburg Residenz (Residence), a palace in nearby Würzburg. A visit to Würzburg with its Residenz and the fortified castle "Festung Marienberg" is a must for anyone traveling to Bavaria. This corner room is well-liked for its light and spaciousness, although the bathroom is rather small as it is built into the thick outer wall of the castle in what was the privy, 300 years ago.

The "Walther von der Vogelweide" room is named after the most celebrated of the Middle High German poets (c. 1170 - c. 1230). It is rumored that he lived very close to Zeilitzheim. This room is spacious and has room for an additional bed, if needed.





The Castle Garden

The castle garden is divided into a more formal, Baroque style garden, an herb garden and a lawn with shady areas for sitting outside and relaxing. A small pond with its frogs is especially attractive to kids. Smaller children will enjoy the sand pit I dug in 2008. With its various flowers and herbs, the castle garden is an attraction year round.

You'll find numerous pictures in this photoset on flickr.

There are some old rose varieties. My personal favorite is the lavender that lines the southern boundary of the Baroque garden.


Weddings and Events

In the summer months Zeilitzheim Castle is home to romantic weddings. Even Americans have celebrated their wedding here in Zeilitzheim!

But there are also numerous cultural events suited for leisure travelers to the region. In addition to concerts we also organize two annual markets at the castle: a traditional Easter market (Sunday, 3 weeks before Easter) and a German Christmas market (Sunday before the first Adventsunday). These are also popular among the American soldiers and theier families, stationed in nearby Schweinfurt and Würzburg.

Ask us about things that might be happening at the castle or in the area during your visit to Europe!


Administrative Stuff

You will not need to give us your credit card number to make a reservation for hotel rooms. We do ask, however, that you give us as much heads up as possible if you need to cancel or postpone your reservation for whatever reason. You can make a reservation by letter, phone, email or IM message.

You can pay us upon departing the hotel by cash or credit card (VISA or Mastercard). Of course cash is preferred and you will find that many small vendors and restaurants in Germany do not take credit cards.

You can check current exchange rates conveniently here.