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84 hotel rooms and 36 suites combine the baroque style of the historic hunting lodge with timeless, modern elegance - a combination for which the Althoff Grandhotel Schloss Bensberg received the Interior Design Award in 2016.  Rooms await you with every imaginable amenity, from Wi-Fi and minibar to international TV channels and a coffee capsule machine, all available free of charge.

Enjoy award-winning culinary delights in four different variations. Gourmets will be delighted by modern menus of New German Cuisine at the 2-star Restaurant Vendôme, headed by Joachim Wissler. In the Trattoria Enoteca, appreciated by wine connoisseurs, the best of Italy is put on the plate. At the Champagne Brunch in the Restaurant Jan Wellem, you can indulge in a variety of delicacies every Sunday and the modern-classic Salvador Dalí Bar will surprise you with top-class art, creative drinks and delicacies from the castle kitchen.

A unique wellness concept awaits you in the "4 elements spa by Althoff". Inspired by the traditional teachings of the four elements, everything here revolves around wholeness and the harmony of body and soul. Relax in the pool and sauna area on over 1,000 m2.

Whether it's a business event, a family celebration or a wedding: we will take care of your event with a lot of experience, individuality and competence right from the start. Your very special occasion deserves a special attention to detail, for which the Althoff Grandhotel Schloss Bensberg is renowned.  In our prestigious castle rooms you can celebrate extraordinary events in an extraordinary setting.  

Cologne Countryside
The Bensberg subway station is a 3-minute walk away. From there, the journey by direct train to Cologne city center takes only 30 minutes. Koelnmesse can be reached after a 20-minute drive.

Versailles and Winchester Castle served as architectural models when Prince-Elector Johann Wilhelm II of Duesseldorf – shortened to Jan Wellem in the Rhineland dialect – ordered the construction of his “Maison de Rétraite” at a prominent site on the Bensberg mountain terrace with a breathtaking view of the cathedral city of Cologne.

While he had at first conceived of the imposing structure as a hunting lodge for his second wife, Maria-Luisa of the Medici family, Johann Wilhelm changed his plans following a visit to Versailles and ordered his architects to build a castle whose dimensions already impressed visitors in his own time – including Johann Wolfgang von Goethe.

When the Prince-Elector died in 1716 without ever having used his “Rhenish Versailles”, his widow soon returned to Italy. She took the numerous artists, plasterers and painters with her. Thus the building remained unfinished and was used over the centuries as a military hospital, cadet school, boarding school and refugee centre. Then in 1997 the Aachener & Münchener life insurance company bought the seriously dilapidated building and, with an investment of 75 million Euros, remodeled it as a grand hotel of the international luxury class. In year 2000 the Grandhotel Schloss Bensberg was finally opened. 



We provide complimentary WiFi at the entire property.


You can park your car in the garage. Fees are EUR 2,80 per hour or EUR 28 for 24 hours.

Cars with an oldtimer plate park free of charge.

It is not possible to pre book a parking-lot.

Electric cars

The garage is equipped with 2 Tesla-Chargers and 1 Charger for BMW. We charge a small flat fee of EUR 15 for Tesla vehicles at the Tesla charging stations and EUR 25 at the BWM and Porsche charging stations.


You have your own classic car and your vehicle has an oldtimer registration plate? 
Then you can park free of charge in our underground car park, so that your vehicle is not only safely protected from the wind and weather. Simply state that you are arriving with a classic car when you make your booking or when you arrive at reception.


Check-In time is 3pm.


Our Check-Out time is 12 noon.


Dogs are allowed in the hotel, except of restaurants and beauty & spa area, and will be charged with EUR 30,00 / day

interconnecting rooms

Yes, the hotel has rooms that are interconnecting. Please let us know in advance if you require them.

Baby cots

We will provide you with a baby cot free of charge. Please book a room category from Grand Superior onwards and let us know your preferences in advance.

Extra beds

Extra beds are available at EUR 50,00 per day and bed. Please book a room category from Grand Deluxe onwards.

Handicapped accessible

The hotel disposes 2 accessible-single-rooms with a wheelchair-accessible shower.

Table reservation

Please make a note in your reservation and the hotel will get back to you.

Smoking rooms

We are a non-smoking hotel, all our rooms and public areas are smoke free.

Rooms with balcony

The hotel does not have rooms with balconies.

Spa / Fitnesscenter

Our hotel has a 1.000qm large 4 elements spa, incl. pool, beauty center and fitness studio. Our overnight guests can use the Beauty & Spa area free of charge.

This is how you find us
Althoff Grandhotel Schloss Bensberg
51429 Bergisch Gladbach
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The Team

Matthias Kienzle

Managing Director

Johannes Pfahl

Deputy Hotel Manager

Joachim Wissler

Executive Chef Restaurant Vendôme

Robert Berger

Executive Housekeeper

Michael Dahl

Technique Manager

Donya Blumenstiel

Director of Sales | Team West

Daniela Böhme

Director of Sales | Team West

Vanessa Elzer

Bar Manager

Sabine Evers

Front Office Manager

Marcus Graun

Executive Chef Castle Gastromomy

Sebastian Höfler

Director of Rooms

Imran Kapitasi

Service Manager Jan Wellem

Andrea Kuttenkeuler

Banquet Service Manager

Katharina Lauterbach

Project Manager Marketing

Sarah Plaum

Spa Manager

Viola Pott

Financial Controller

Hannah Schmiderer


Svenja Steidl

Human Resources Manager

Christoph Strahl

Restaurant Manager Vendôme

Volker Striepecke

Purchasing Manager

Ralph Tausch

Technique Manager

Anna Uhl

Reservation Manager

Daniel Wilhelm

Restaurant Manager Trattoria Enoteca

Ulrich Wöster

Director of Convention Sales