Castle Sindlingen Equestrian

Black Forest Germany: (PG-SINR)

Black Forest Germany
This 500 year-old castle manor riding center, one of the best in Germany, is an ideal equestrian getaway with its beautiful location in a lovely rural setting close to the Black Forest range. The equestrian center is easily accessible from both Stuttgart and Frankfurt.

Dressage lessons on quality German Warmblood horses are available up to a high intermediate level, but the jumping and cross-country instructions are offered all the way up to Grand Prix level - mostly on Irish Hunters! Fritz Pape, a multi-purpose champion and trainer, guarantees sound lessons for riders of all riding levels. Whether you’re taking your first riding lessons ever, enjoying one of the beautiful country trail rides, learning to jump cross-country or polishing up your riding skills in one of the many seminars - there’s always the right horse for you!

During the year we offer our Regular Riding Weeks that include private and group lessons, Hacking Weeks, Hunt and Cross-Country Weeks and as well as one- and two-week riding clinics for all levels of rider.

You will be accommodated in comfortable double rooms and enjoy tasty home-cooking. There are tennis courts nearby to play or you can bicycle, hike and go on coach rides. The castle is not only a riding center, but also a fantastic vacation destination - so non-riding partners are welcome to come along and enjoy the fabulous countryside as well!


This is a stationary ride, so all nights are spent at the same accommodation.

You will stay in the castle, not one with turrets and towers, but rather a large dignified rural manor approximately 500 years old. It is surrounded by a (now dry) moat and lined with old trees forming a part of the park, which opens to the south to include our spacious riding arena. Castle Sindlingen is both a holiday hotel and a riding school.
With its open hilly terrain at almost 600 meters above sea-level, the view is superb and extends to the Swabian Alb to the south and the Black Forest to the west. You will be accommodated in one of the 22 rustic double rooms in the historic building. All the rooms are equipped with private baths.
Internet access is provided in the common areas of the castle.


Room Occupancy
If we are unable to find another rider to share a room with you, the single supplement fee does apply.

All meals are included. Drinks are not included in this package.
Please note that the main meal of the day is lunch while dinner is lighter

While staying at the castle:
Breakfast is served at 8:00 am.
Lunch is served at 12:30pm .
Dinner is at 6:30 pm unless you are taking a lesson in which case arrangements can be made for a later dinner.

Dietary Restrictions
We can cater to most dietary restrictions with prior notice. Unfortunately, we cannot cater to vegans.

This trip includes and can accommodate special dietary requests.


Level & Experience:  

Level: A-C for dressage
C-D for jumping
C+ for hacking
D for Hunt / Cross Country

There are about 80 horses in the stables. The core of these comprises our own school-horses. The horses are at home in the dressage ring just as much as in the jumping arena. All our horses are reliable for hacking, especially the many horses from Ireland, which we regularly buy on our visits to the Emerald Isle.
There is a whole range of very good ponies available for the training of children. If you wish to bring your own horse to a course or on holiday, we have extra stabling to accommodate them.

Riding Facilities
The riding center has 2 indoor arenas (the biggest measuring 27 x 66 meters), 4 hectares of outdoor training grounds. Apart from the usual show jumping rails, you will also find all the jumps necessary for cross-country training. For instance, several different banks, ditches, hedges, water jumps and a variety of natural jumps. We also have an outdoor sand-dressage arena.



You can choose from different programs:
- Basic Instructions
- Intermediate Instructions
- Child Program
- Ladies Weeks
- Hunting Training
- Beginner Weekend
- Intermediate Weekend
- Jumping Course
- Two Week Clinic

Basic Instructions: 6-day & 8-day Programs - subject to changes
This is for beginners and intermediate riders who wish to take some lessons and get ready to go on some hacks. Arrival is usually on Sundays, with riding activities from Monday to Friday (6-day program). Riders who choose the 8-day program will ride 1 or 2 extra days (Saturday and Sunday).
The goal of this program is to improve equine and riding knowledge and perform practical exercises on horseback in all paces.
The daily program starts with breakfast, followed by theory lesson, grooming and tacking up the horses. Then morning riding activity starts at 10 am. Lunch break is around 12:30 pm, followed at 2 pm by some theory. At 4 pm the afternoon riding activity starst and the day ends with dinner at about 6:30 pm.

Child Program - subject to changes
Arrival is Sunday afternoon and departure on either the following Friday or Sunday afternoon.
The program is similar to the adult beginner instructions programs but it has been adapted to junior riders.

Intermediate Instructions: 6-day & 8-day Programs - subject to changes
This is for riders who want to improve a specific skill (jumping or dressage). Participants can choose between a focus on Dressage or Jumping.
The Dressage course will focus on the improvement of the dressage seat, half halts, leg yielding, canter changes and much more.
The Jumping course will focus on learning the correct jumping seat, mastering individual jumps and combinations etc.
Arrival is usually on Sundays, with riding activities from Monday to Friday (6-day program). Riders who choose the 8-day program will ride 1 or 2 extra days (Saturday and Sunday).
Our regular program includes 10 hours of instructions in dressage or jumping, of which 5 are in group sessions and 5 in private sessions. For more experienced riders we recommend to purchase an additional 10 instruction sessions (in advance). Your riding hours can include some hacking out if you like, but you should be a confident rider.
If you would like to have additional private instructions, you can switch 2 group lessons for 1 private session. Lessons are around 50 minutes in length while hacks are 1-2 hours.

Hunting Training - subject to changes
Once a year you are invited to join us on a week-long Hunt and Cross Country ride in the Black Forest.
The training will focus on the hunting seat, jumps up and down, little ricks, ditches, embankments, behavior in the hunting field.
This week is particularly suitable for working young horses off-road or as a rider to improve the experience in off-road riding.

Day 1 (Monday): Arrival for lunch (latest arrival at 2pm) in order to get ready for your first riding instruction in the afternoon: hunting seat, jumping obstacles up and down and small obstacles.
Day 2 (Tuesday): Regular riding instruction in the morning  and in the afternoon exercising in the fields: behavior during a hunt, ditches and steep down hill riding
Day 3 (Wednesday): Preparation of horses and tack in the morning, first hunt in the afternoon around 2 pm (other people can participate as well)
Day 4 (Thursday): Theoretical schooling in the morning, hacking in the afternoon
Day 5 (Friday): Jumping and schooling of the rider´s seat in the morning. In the afternoon, instruction in the fields (mainly without jumping)
Day 6 (Saturday): Preparing the horses and tack in the morning and hunt in the afternoon. Farewell drink.

Two Week Clinic - subject to changes
The contents of the program will be discussed individually with participants. Depending on interest, the program will concentrate on increased dressage, jumping or cross country.
Arrival Sunday and riding from Monday to Sunday morning of the second week (departure Sunday after lunch).
No riding on arrival day.

Weekend Programs - subject to changes
Day 1: Arrive and one group riding lesson
Day 2: Group riding lesson in the morning and hacking in the afternoon
Day 3: Morning hack. Departure after lunch

Note: Additional lessons and be booked at an extra charge.

Rates and Dates for Castle Sindlingen Equestrian

Rates include:

Black Forest Trail: Accommodation, Most meals, Transfers & 4 riding days
Hacking Week: Accommodation, All meals, Transfers & 5 riding days
Hacking Week - Easter: Accommodation, All meals, Transfers & 3 riding days

Packages and Options

  • SeasonYearDescriptionEUR ~US$
    20206 day, AP- Black Forest Trail (4 riding days)€1060$1200
    • Single supplement€75$85
  • B
    20207 day, AP- Hacking Week (5.5 riding days)€1050$1190
    • Single supplement€90$105
  • C
    20205 day, AP - Hacking Week, Easter (3.5 riding days)€665$755
    • Single supplement€60$70
The US Dollar Rate is Based on Exchange Rate of 1.13

* prices are per person based on double/twin occupancy

Transfer and Other Charges:

2020 Transfer from Herrenberg train station can be arranged
2020 Non-rider -- please inquire

Season Tour Dates  Min / MaxReserve
B 2020 09/06 - 09/12 7d / 6n 7 day, AP- Hacking Week (5.5... 4 /15 Expired
A 2020 10/11 - 10/16 6d / 5n 6 day, AP- Black Forest Trai... 4 /15 Reserve

Dates Note: Additional trip dates are available with 2+ riders.

Rates do not include:

Black Forest Trail: Lunch and dinner on Days 3 and 4 + lunch on Day 5, Drinks & Gratuities
Hacking Week: Drinks & Gratuities
Hacking Week - Easter: Drinks & Gratuities

Other Info
Meeting: Herrenberg
Airport: Stuttgart/ Frankfurt
Transfer: A transfer is available from Herrenberg train station or take a taxi on your own

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The climate in this area of Germany is most pleasant.  The mild climate allows us to organize trip all year-round. However, the best time to visit is probably from May to mid-October as this time of the year is known for warm days and mild evenings.  Rains can occur anytime throughout the year, but in summer they are usually of short duration. 

What To Bring:
Some recommendations: English riding attire of breeches and high boots is correct, and a hard hat is recommended.  Be sure to bring sun protection, as well as a sweater or jacket for the evenings.  Rain is possible anytime in Europe, so you will need rain gear suitable for riding (NOT a poncho).  Dress at dinner is casual, although you may wish to bring a dress/jacket for the larger cities if you are doing other touring before or after your ride.  We suggest that you bring a belt pack for carrying your camera, sunscreen, etc. while riding, and some leather thongs for tying your rain gear to the saddle when not in use if you plan to hack out.  Some of our riders like to bring along a "seat saver." Since many hotels in Europe do not provide soap in the rooms we suggest you bring your own.  Hair dryers are available.

This list is only a guideline for you


Travel documents and Voucher
Flight tickets
Visa (check with your consulate)


Comfortable riding breeches
High riding boots
Riding helmet  (recommended for all trips)- Some Helmets are available, however fit cannot be guaranteed. Best to bring your own.
Riding gloves
Hat (with chin strip) for sun protection
Rain coat/Wax jacket


Jacket or sweater for cool evenings
Comfortable T-Shirts/Shirts
Underwear and socks
Light summer jacket
Comfortable shoes/sneakers
Personal Toiletries
Insect protection
Personal medications
Sore cream (for an emergency)
Sewing kit
Adapter for electric appliances
Camera and enough extra film or batteries
Sun glasses with strap