Sauerthal, Rhineland-Palatinate, Germany
Asking Price: $6,273,406 US / 5.796.000 € EUR
This ruined 14th-century castle in western Germany is now used as a hotel for the picturesque region that is designated a World Heritage Site. Located on a hilltop overlooking the town of Sauerthal, fortifications at this site date back to at least the 13th century. In 1355, the Archbishop of Mainz granted Rupert I “the Red”, Count Palatine of the Rhine, “to built a castle which is called ‘Surburne'”.
The castle remained in the hands of the Counts until the 16th century, and after exchanging hands with other noble families, suffered a devastating blow in 1689 when troops of the French king Louis XIV set fire to the fortress, leaving it in ruins.
It was not until 1909-1912 that efforts were made to restore the castle, and in 2004 further renovations led to the site being used as a hotel. Events also take place on the castle grounds, including wedding receptions, medieval markets and classic car rallies.
Although in ruins, much of the 14th-century castle still survives, including a 6-storey tower that rises 22 meters high, the castle’s walls, and others buildings. Sotheby’s International Realty describes The Sauerburg as “freshly renovated, the impressive castle radiates the venerable splendour of bygone days. The great hall, a vaulted cellar, seminar rooms, the castle courtyard, a tower room, the castle chapel, a medieval skittle alley that is a protected historic feature and even its own registry office…the castle offers abundant space and rooms for every occasion amidst a one-of-a-kind ambiance.”