Schloss Hirschgarten

Borken-Nassenerfurth, Hesse, Germany

Hirschgarten Palace is a place of quiet and work, surrounded by a courtyard, old walls and a moat. The approximately 60 different medicinal plants that grow on the premises and are processed in the castle determine the generously protected atmosphere.

A small community lives at the castle and has been running the Bioland-certified herb nursery since 2018. They love the simple, self-sufficient life and invite guests to take inspiration from this place. For hosts Bettina Hauenschild and Otto Kukla, Northern Hesse is a fairytale land that makes the magic of the place in and around the castle come alive. They recommend that guests visit the herb show garden and explore the unique, nature-protected Lake Borken.

The moated castle was first mentioned in a document in 1332. Parts of the building were added, removed or rebuilt up until the 18th century. The castle consists of a main building, which houses a library and the castle kitchen in addition to private rooms, an adjacent half-timbered wing that houses the castle café, among other things, and the Schweizerhaus, which houses the bed and breakfast. The rooms in it are different, designed with old and antique furniture.

Rooms + Rates

per night
Single roomfrom60 €
Double roomfrom90 €
Family roomfrom120 €
entire housefrom500 €


ArchitectureThe ancient walls of the castle, which were extensively ecologically restored in the 1990s using historical building materials, stand for the special architecture of the castle. Not only wooden windows were used, but also historical recipes for the clay plaster were used.

FoodThe ingredients of the served breakfast either come from the hotel's own garden or are bought in organic quality from neighboring farms. The own chickens provide the eggs for this. On Sundays there are homemade cakes, some of which are vegan, and other homemade delicacies in the castle café. The Habermus based on Hildegard von Bingen and the vegan "Lebenswurst" based on the cookbook of the chateau lady Bettina Hauenschild are particularly popular with guests.

The employees of the B&B are allowed to use all the facilities of the castle, including the sauna, the meditation and the massage room. You will also receive affordable accommodation and the team will eat together. The hosts support several associations (Homeberger, Landrosinen Kulturnetzwerk and the SoLaWi) with financial donations.

EnvironmentEcologically degradable detergent is used in the lock. Cleaning is mainly done with vinegar essence. As an organic farm, we pay attention to correct waste separation and avoidance, and we have our own composting facility. The nursery is Bioland-certified and the accommodation is self-sufficient and is a member of the neighboring solidarity agriculture (SoLaWi).

Well-BeingAt Schloss Hirschgarten, guests can enjoy massages, naturopathic advice, and yoga classes. In addition, herbal tours, herbal seminars "herb school" and various seminars are offered.


  • Small, family-run B&B in a listed 14th-century moated castle
  • Experience a fairytale atmosphere in a castle with history
  • Own Bioland-certified nursery with 60 different medicinal plants
  • Regular events on the castle grounds: herbal school, seminars, yoga, meditations, readings, and much more
  • Chickens and a cat live on the premises
  • Many excursion destinations in the area: protected lake landscape around Borken, nature park and national park Kellerwald-Edersee, Fritzlar with cathedral and beautiful old town (half-timbered), festival in Bad Hersfeld, Kassel with documentaries, Landraisinen events
  • Also ideal for events and celebrations

B&B8 roomsBreakfast + coffeeChildren welcomeWi-Fino disabled accessno PoolPets allowed


  • Bed & Breakfast with 8 single, double and family rooms
  • Breakfast + castle café (Sundays)
  • Various function rooms and ballrooms
  • Sauna, meditation and massage room
  • Massages can be booked on request
  • Horse accommodation possible
  • Also bookable as an ensemble, incl. castle kitchen
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Rooms + Rates

per night
Single roomfrom60 €
Double roomfrom90 €
Family roomfrom120 €
entire housefrom500 €

Location + Directions

By car

Hirschgarten Palace is about half an hour south of Kassel (45 km). It takes about 2 hours (148 km) from Frankfurt, about 3 hours (239 km) from Cologne, about 3 hours (297 km) from Leipzig, about 2.5 hours from Hanover ( 209 km) and from Berlin it takes just under 4.5 hours (422 km). The exact address can be found on the website.

With public transport

The nearest train station is in Borken (Hessen). You can be picked up from there or you can take a taxi. The journey takes about 8 minutes (5 km).