The world-renowned Sleeping Beauty castle Sababurg was founded in 1334 as "Zappenborgk" by the Archbishop of Mainz for the protection of pilgrims to the nearby pilgrimage town of Gottsbüren and from 1490 developed into a splendid hunting lodge by the Landgrave of Hessen. At the beginning of the 19th century, the beautiful castle was given up as a residency. The castle grounds rapidly decayed into that wild romantic condition which, after the appearance of the "Tales of Children and the Home" by the Brothers Grimm, soon was regarded as the location where the history of "Sleeping Beauty" must have taken place.

The impressive "sleeping" castle, entwined by ivy and hidden deep in the Reinhardswald, is surrounded by a large wall which once was supposed to have been a dense and impenetrable thorn hedge, was kissed awake for the visitor about 100 years after the "sleep of Sleeping Beauty ".... Today, a romantic castle hotel is located on the famous grounds, a café with its own confectionery and a restaurant with gourmet cuisine, a civil registry office, as well as the SabaBurgTheater.

Opening times

From April to October the outdoor facilities with castle garden, herb garden, fairy tale round tour “Sleeping Beauty”, palace ruin and tower ascent daily from 10 am to 5 pm can be visited without a guide.

Guided tours

Historical and enchanting guided tours

April - October: Wednesday 2:30 pm, Sunday 11 am and 2:30 pm

Garden and herbal guided tours

April - October: every 3rd Friday 2:30 pm, June - July: every Friday 2:30 pm

Consultation hour with the castle gardner

April - October: every Monday 12 noon (except on public holidays and with unfavourable weather);

Evening guided tour on the history of the Sababurg along the silhouette lanterns

November - March: every Saturday 5:30 pm.

Also private guided tours possible.


Audience with Sleeping Beauty and the Prince: April to October every Sunday 4 pm (also private audiences possible); theatre, lectures, concerts at the open air theatre and in the mediaeval vaulted cellar


Restaurant and café Sleeping Beauty Castle Sababurg

premium cuisine with newly interpreted regional specialties.

Warm meals continuously from 11 am to 9:30 pm, from 12 noon to 1 pm midday menu, from 6:30 pm to 9 pm evening menu.



Tourist-Information Naturpark Reinhardswald

Marktstraße 18 (neben der Stadtbücherei)
34369 Hofgeismar
Phone: +49 5671 - 999 222
Fax: +49 5671 - 999 200

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