It’s not all that often that I promote one hotel over another in any town or city in Germany. However, when a particular hotel has a long, illustrious history then I’m so inclined to mention it.
What does all this have to do with the town of Heroldsberg? Nothing and everything, I would say.
Heroldsberg sits right along the border of the famous (and fabulously wonderful) city of Nuremberg; so, it probably doesn’t get a fair shake.
Although… its proximity to the Nuremberg Airport could prove me wrong…
Either way, when you got a place like the Hotel Gasthof Rotes Ross, originally a 14th century farmhouse, I’d be more likely to stay here than some large-chain, anonymous hotel in any big city.
Before you ask, the hotel is totally modern with all sorts of present-day conveniences, and a charming, rustic restaurant serving all sorts of scrumptious Franconian dishes.
Sounds yummy, I know!
I have to bring up this historic hotel guesthouse, because Heroldsberg doesn’t have a whole bunch of historic things to see & do. Yes, I said historic — because this is Franconia, and you can always (always, always) find some wonderful bicycle routes or hiking trails to keep you entertained and healthy.
Yet what sightseeing it does have, is pretty wonderful. Imagine four castles all in one place! And I don’t mean scattered throughout the entire five villages that is Heroldsberg, either.
All four of the castles are centered around the St. Matthew Church (built in the 11th century as a military church, no less), each so named because of its colored shutters. So, you’ve got the Weiße Schloss (White Castle), the Grüne Schloss (Green Castle), the Rote Schloss (Red Castle), and the Gelbe Schloss (Yellow Castle).
The White Castle was at one time used as Heroldsberg’s Rathaus (Town Hall), and there’s talk of turning this former schloss into a museum.
Besides, with four castles all in one spot, there’s no need to schlep all the way to Nuremberg to see theirs.
Take that, mighty Nuremberg! ;-)