Have you ever had the fantasy of living in a fairytale palace? A stay at the Schlosshotel Kronberg im Taunus, Germany can fulfill that dream, at least temporarily.
This magnificent property is located outside of Frankfurt. However, the grounds and surrounding environs are so bucolic you will feel much further away.
This magnificent property is located 20 minutes away from Frankfurt. The sole reminder of your proximity to the city occurs as you drive the winding hillside roads and an occasional break in the forest provides a stunning view of Frankfurt's skyline in the distance. Our family had the privilege of spending 6 heady nights here in the summer of 2016.
This is a 19th century palace, designed by the royal architect, was built by Emperor Frederick III's widow, Victoria.
|(Victoria Adelaide Mary Louisa 1840-1901)|
|Palace Reception Foyer|
He was suspicious of his mother's politics and rejected her request to retire to the Sanssouci palace in Potsdam. Using an inheritance of her own, Empress Victoria built her retirement castle, Freidrichshof, which is the present day Schlosshotel Kronberg boasting original furnishings, artwork and 62 rooms.
|Wilhelm II, German Emperor|
The golf has its own fascinating history. During the occupation of Germany after World War II, the US army turned the castle into an officer's club with a 18 holes golf course and driving range.
Supreme Allied Commander Dwight D. Eisenhower reportedly played the course.
In 1954, the castle opened it's doors as a full service hotel-spa and golf resort.
OOur visit was in August which was a perfect time to see all the Hydrangeas in full bloom. And they were abundant. Not just on the property, but all over Kronberg.
|On the driving range|
Not all American forces improved the property. US Army Captain Kathleen Nash(club manager), Major David Watson and Colonel Jack Durants (The Hesse Jewel Heist) discovered a safe in a hole of the basement floor of the castle.
|Victoria balcony lounge|
|The outdoor lounge was the daily locale of card games between Papa and Daniel as I napped or explored the castle.|
|Enroute to the breakfast buffet|
|Main Dining Room|
Our international traveler hopelessly scouring the menu for anything with cheese and pommes frittes. The wait staff accommodated his off the menu request.