Welcome to a real fairytale castle! The castle Schloss Lieser was built in 1884 on the Moselle River. Today it is one of the most romantic hotels in Germany, where you can feel and see the pomp of the 19th century at every corner. In this hotel review, I’ll give you all the details about our stay at Schloss Lieser and whether the hotel is the right choice for you!
Location & Arrival
The hotel is located directly on the beautiful Moselle River in the west of Germany. Only about 35 minutes away from Trier or 1 hour 45 minutes from Frankfurt. Since the castle is located in the small sleepy village of Lieser on the Mosel Road, it is best reached by car and is ideal for a weekend getaway or as a stop during a longer road trip through the region.
Surrounded by vineyards and overlooking the Moselle River, it has a very romantic view, which is at its best from spring until the golden autumn. During this time you can also do great hiking or biking in the area. Either to various wineries or to the castles in the region. Also a visit to the suspension bridge Geierlay (about 50 minutes by car) is very worthwhile!
Despite the historic building, the hotel has been modernly renovated and equipped. Thus, under the castle garden is an underground garage for cars, which is not visible to the naked eye. Upon arrival, we are kindly welcomed with a glass of sparkling wine from the region and get a small tour of the castle.
The rooms & suites at Schloss Lieser
Since the architecture of the building was preserved true to the original, no rooms at Hotel Schloss Lieser are alike. Each of them is individually furnished and built.
Introducing them all is beyond the scope of this post, however, we were allowed to take a look at different room categories and here are my favorites:
Our room: Deluxe guest room with a Moselle River view
Our room was one of the few corner rooms with one window overlooking the Moselle and a second one overlooking the vineyards and Cottage House.
Like all the rooms, it is decorated in a historic ambiance with beautiful furniture & art. But at the same time very modern with a TV, coffee maker as well as air conditioning. Our bathroom unfortunately had no window, but a large shower and a bathtub. We were welcomed in our room with fruits, sweets and a bottle of sparkling wine from the region.
Guest Rooms in the Cottage House
The castle complex also includes a Cottage House. It is an old stone house with a courtyard and fountain, which today houses an event hall, but also guest rooms. Even though they are not located directly in the castle, these rooms are just as beautifully furnished and have a special advantage: they look directly onto Schloss Lieser! For this reason, this room category also has a special charm and is – besides the guest rooms in the castle – the most affordable option in the hotel.
In addition to the rooms, Schloss Lieser also has four junior suites, three suites and ONE very special category, which is undoubtedly the most beautiful in the hotel: The Emperor Suite with three massive rooms and direct views of the Moselle River. The bedroom with a freestanding bed leads into the spacious bathroom, where there is a large whirlpool bathtub for two. But the heart is the living room in a truly royal ambience. There is a sitting area by the fireplace, a large dining table, and a winter garden with another seating area. Unfortunately, the fireplace can not be used due to fire regulations of the heritage building, but still gives the room a beautiful atmosphere.
By the way, the large living room can also be booked separately for meetings or wedding ceremonies.
The concept of Schloss Lieser
Both the building itself, as well as the interior of the hotel Schloss Lieser, have enchanted us directly and made me feel like in a fairytale. Everywhere you can discover beautiful details. For instance, the cozy library with numerous books or even an original chapel, to which guests have access at any time. But not only the ambience in the castle is royal, also the service is first class. The team is international, young and was always extremely accommodating and helpful. In Germany, we have rarely experienced such good service!
The Wine Cellar
Wine plays a major role throughout the Moselle region and is grown as far as the eye can see on the picturesque vineyards. For this reason, Schloss Lieser not only has its own winery, but also a wine cellar in the castle with an extensive collection of local and international wines.
Tip: On weekends, a wine tasting takes place in the wine cellar every Friday and Saturday evening, during which great wines from the region can be tasted. The price is 39,- EUR per person and includes not only the wines but also accompanying snacks. We liked the tasting so much that we directly ordered some bottles for home – maybe also due to the fact that we were already a bit tipsy after six different wines… 😀
Spa & Wellness
The old walls of the hotel even include a wellness area on the ground floor with a large pool and various saunas and steam baths. Ideal to relax a bit in the evening or during a rainy day. There is also a small gym with various equipment.
In addition, there is a small spa area where different massages and cosmetic treatments can be booked. Staying true to the wine motto, I opted for a peeling with grape seeds as well as a grape seed oil massage. It was super relaxing and the perfect way to end our stay.
Breakfast & Restaurant
Culinarily we loved the selection at Schloss Lieser so much that we, during the entire stay, have not even eaten outside the hotel once.
A special highlight was the dinner, … but more on that in a moment!
Breakfast is served in the Orangerie. There is seating indoors, but also on the sun terrace in the summer! A buffet of hot and cold dishes is offered in the restaurant, as well as sparkling wine. Additionally, egg dishes such as omelets or Eggs Benedict can be ordered from the menu. I found it especially great that breakfast was available until 11 am – that way you can sleep in and start the day in a relaxed way.
Now to my highlight: In the restaurant Puricelli, everything is just right for a wonderful evening: Both the taste and the ambience as well as the service make the Puricelli first class! The menu changes depending on the season and has strong French influences, but still draws inspiration from international cuisine. As much as possible, the ingredients for the dishes come from the region. Interestingly, there are no set prices per dish on the menu. Instead, you can choose between a 3 to 5 course menu price, while each course can be chosen freely! This means that dessert can also be ordered 5 times if you want 😀 For the main courses, there is a choice with meat, a fish variant as well as a vegetarian option. The menu can be additionally accompanied with a wine pairing for each course.
We were so delighted with our dinner at Puricelli that we returned again on the second evening. The prices are quite justified for the quality as well as the size of the dishes – a 5 course menu cost about 90 Euros per person.
The Puricelli Bar is open from 4 pm and offers not only great drinks, but also snacks and main course dishes. So if you just want to have a small meal in the evening without ordering a multi-course menu in the Puricelli restaurant, you can do that here as well. Otherwise it is the perfect place for a “nightcap” in the evening 🙂
Résumé of my review of Hotel Schloss Lieser
If you are looking for a very special stay in a royal ambience, you will love Schloss Lieser. Especially for a romantic getaway for two with good wine, food and wellness it is dreamlike. While children are also welcome at the castle, the hotel is designed more for adults.
Despite the pomp, the atmosphere in the hotel is not stiff and put on, because the employees in the hotel are very young and warm and you feel directly welcome as a guest.
We had a great weekend at Schloss Lieser, which we enjoyed to the fullest. In combination with exploring the castles and wineries in the area, a bike ride along the Mosel or a visit to the suspension bridge Geierlay, the hotel is a great getaway destination.
We had a sponsored stay at Schloss Lieser, but that does not affect my hotel review or opinion of our stay.