HOTEL SCHLOSS SCHARFENBERG
„Enter, shed your sorrows, here you’re allowed to be silent.“
Confession. Certainly an unusual invitation from a hotel. Since this is already an unusual place, it needs few words. Everything here speaks for itself; the patina on the age-old walls, the halls and rooms, our garden. These things are for our visitors’ curiosity; it’s a place to bore or to enjoy. The quiet, the light, the whisper of the forests or the crackling fireplace. You find nothing superfluous here but what one needs to feel well.
As one of the oldest castles in Saxony on a granite and wooded cliff, together with Siebeneichen, Neuhirschstein, and Strehla, Scharfenberg Castle ranks as one of the most significant landmarks on the western bank of the river Elbe. The castle originally served as a fortification base of the colonizing Slavonic settlement. The base was founded by King Heinrich I presumably in the year 938. Only the fundament of the powerful settlement during this time remains as a circular stone outline in the middle of the courtyard. The first documented mention of the castle dates back to 1227. Beginning in the 14th century, Scharfenberg was in the possession of one of the earliest Saxonian noble families, those by the name of Miltitz. After the conquest and partial destruction of the castle by the Swedish during the Thirty Years War, extensive alterations and modifications in Renaissance style were made by Haubold von Miltitz in 1654. Most of these changes have survived the ages and can be seen today; but unfortunately, in August 1783 the stately, Elbe-facing great hall was completely burned during a lightening storm of that year. In the first quarter of the 19th century, Scharfenberg briefly became a blooming center of the German Romantics. Dietrich von Miltitz and later, Karl Borromäus von Miltitz gathered together leading figures of the era (1800-1824). Novalis, Friedrich de la Motte Fouqué, Johann August Apel, E.T.A. Hoffmann, Theodor Körner, and other contemporaries found themselves together in Scharfenberg, Siebeneichen, and Batzdorf for the so-called “Scharfenberger Circle.” Perhaps because of its wildly romantic site, Scharfenberg Castle was also always a particular attraction for artists and painters. Ferdinand Oehme (“Scharfenberg Castle by Night”, 1827, Berlin National Gallery), the Norwegian painter Thomas Fearnley, Christian Clausen Dahl, and Caspar David Friedrich were just a few of the frequent guests of our house.
The castle has no restaurant in the usual sense of the word. Buffets and course meals are prepared fresh per order in the castle kitchen from our personal catering service. Whether they’re local or international specialties, your wishes can be assembled and staged as you desire. Come to us with your own ideas or allow us propose a few.