SCHLOSS SOMMERSDORF 2018-06-21T10:23:50+00:00


Welcome to Schloss Sommersdorf!

Vacations on Germany`s Romantic & Castle Road conveniently located near the Romantic & Castle Roads, Schloss Sommersdorf is a sensational mediaeval castle with all the ingredients of a proper fairy tale. Complete the magic of Germany with a stay in your own private moated castle!


Living History

The origins of Sommersdorf are obscure. In the early 13th century, a noble family named de Sunnemannesdorf settled here and presumably gave its name to the village.

The castle is rich in history and was built in the late 14th century by Ludwig von Eyb. His grandson Albrecht von Eyb, born at 1420 at Sommersdorf, became Germany’s first humanistic writer https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Albrecht_von_Eyb 

The Crailsheim family owns the castle since 1550. Wolf von Crailsheim brought the Protestant reformation to Sommersdorf in 1551, and his son Ernst enlarged the family holdings by purchases and grants.

During the Thirty Years War (1618-48) between the Catholics and the Protestants, Sommersdorf suffered a great deal. Houses in the village were plundered and burned, the fields lay fallow and the population was severely decimated by war and plague. But the castle itself survived.
In mid-19th century, the top floor of the Old Castle was pulled down due to dilapidation, the draw-bridge was replaced by a permanent bridge, and the castle was generally restored. Since the beginning of the 20th century, Schloss Sommersdorf has been continuously inhabited by the von Crailsheim family.

The Crailsheims are a large family with several other castles (the nearest is at Rügland, north of Ansbach) and a tradition of public service. In the 19th century, Graf Crafft v. Crailsheim was a top official in the court of King Ludwig II of Bavaria. Alarmed at the “mad” King’s mounting expenditures for castle-building at Neuschwanstein and elsewhere, Graf Crailsheim and others tried to have Ludwig certified insane. The scenario misfired, and Ludwig was found drowned. Ironically, another Baron v. Crailsheim had been the head of the public trust that administers Ludwig’s castles and other historic monuments.


Your Hosts

 The Crailsheim Family is owner of the Sommersdorf Castle since 1550. Your today hosts are Baron Manfred and Baroness Lilo von Crailsheim. Baron M. v. Crailsheim, a medical Doctor spent almost his whole life at the castle. His hobbies are castle and a vintage car collection, some dating back to 1904.
Baroness L. v. Crailsheim, a former teacher likes gardening, and tries to give the castle grounds a beautiful flair. She has a “green thumb”.