It is almost a thousand years ago since Volkhold – the heir to “Suanapurc” – was no longer interested in secular splendor and converted his castle into a Benedictine abbey (1039). His endowment, well-equipped with abundant commodities as well as political rights such as the Sonnenburg manorial court, evolved into a prestigious abbey for noble women. The ruins of the apses, which grow out of the rock, archaic and replete with strength, tell of power and wealth, faith and devotion, but likewise of deterioration and decline.

Almost 4000 years of human history are reflected on our hill: early historical settlement, Roman camp, early medieval castle complex, 750 years as a convent, stone quarry, ruins, poorhouse…
Our parents climbed Sonnenburg hill for the first time 50 years ago. Ever since we have researched and excavated, exposed, restored and reconstructed. Hereby a most special place has emerged from ruins. It is a refuge in which we would like to offer wonderful holidays to people from all over the world within a pleasant, relaxed atmosphere. We sincerely thank all guests who accompany us with their support and therewith enable Sonnenburg to be further preserved for future generations.
Today’s Sonnenburg is much more than a beautiful hotel: it’s a cultural site with a reservoir of historical detail. Wandering through the house we come across impressive relicts from bygone times: Gothic frescos in the former chancel, coffered ceiling in the Residenzstube (“Residence Parlour”), Stone age spearhead and the “in-house Saint Clement” who rests in the crypt. Those who are really thirsty for knowledge do not only allow the metre-thick walls to speak, but take advantage of the opportunity to undertake a little journey through time under expert guidance.