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!


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 and continues on to include our spacious riding arena. Castle Sindlingen is both a holiday hotel and a riding school. The castle is situated on a ridge between the Schönbuch and the Black Forest. With its open hilly terrain at almost 600 meters above sea-level, the area offers wonderful countryside for riding and walking. The view is superb and extends to the Swabian Alb to the south and the Black Forest to the west. Sindlingen was once an agricultural manor house belonging to the Württemberg Royal Family. As the Summer residence of Franziska von Hohenheim, wife of Duke Carl-Eugen, it was known far and wide 200 years ago. The historical character of the place - designated as a place of historical importance - with its big old half-timbered buildings has been retained to the present day.


You will be accommodated in rustic double rooms in the historic building and enjoy good home-cooking. The  rooms are equipped with private baths.

Internet: There isn't wireless LAN in each of the rooms, but there are public areas where access is possible.

All meals are included in your tour price. Drinks will be on you! Please note that the main meal at Castle Sindlingen is lunch while a light dinner is served.

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.

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.



Regular Riding Weeks
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 ... not suited for novice riders. If you would like to have additional private instructions, you can switch 2 group lessons for 1 private session. No riding on arrival and departure day. Lessons are around 50 minutes in length while hacks are 1-2 hours.

Hacking Weeks
We offer different dates each year for people that want to join us for some exciting and exhilarating trail riding. Every day include two hacks of several hours or whole-day hacks though delightful, varied landscape. Hacking weeks are among the nicest activities of the year. The spring week is usually not as heavily-booked as the autumn week.
No riding on arrival day.

Hunt & Cross Country Weeks
Once a year you are invited to join us on a week-long Hunt and Cross Country ride in the Black Forest.

Two Week Clinics
Two weeks training program. 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.
Lessons for beginner and advanced riders in dressage, jumping and multipurpose; seminars in jumping, multipurpose and hunt.
No riding on arrival day.

Starter Program
The Castle Sindlingen offers competent and well-trained horses to make learning a pleasure. They offer a special adult program so that you can learn the first steps of horseback riding with intensive lessons in a quiet and stylish setting together with people like yourself in order to be able to take out a horse in a short while. The goal of this program is to improve equine and riding knowledge and perform practical exercises on horseback in all paces.

Continuation of the above starter program
Main focus: trail-riding and cross country
Main focus: dressage
Main focus: jumping (military as well)
The beginner and intermediate programs can be booked as a two-week-package.

Intermediate/Advanced programs
Whether you wish to get more routine on trail rides or want to learn dressage or jumping: these programs aren’t intended for ambitious show riders but for the intermediate pleasure rider.

One Week Basic Clinic
- for novices, riders wanting to improve, preparation for trail riding.
Daily routine:  breakfast
9.30 am  theory, grooming and saddling
10.00 am   riding lesson
12.30 pm   lunch break
2.00 pm  theory, e.g. an instructional video on the correct seat position, use of correct aids or safety precautions.
4.00 pm  riding lesson
6.30 pm  evening meal
Goal - Increased knowledge of horses and improved riding, exercises on horseback, training in all paces.

Weekend Intermediate Ride
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

Development Program
Emphasis on dressage or jumping. Schedule as above.
- Dressage - improved position, half halts, lateral work, flying changes etc.
- Jumping - correct jumping position, from individual jumps to complete show jumping courses.

Hunting Week Program
Day 1: 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: 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: Preparation of horses and tack in the morning, first hunt in the afternoon (other people can participate as well)
Day 4: Theoretical schooling in the morning, hacking in the afternoon
Day 5: Jumping and schooling of the rider´s seat in the morning. In the afternoon, instruction in the fields (mainly without jumping)
Day 6: Preparing the horses and tack in the morning and hunt in the afternoon. Farewell drink.

Additional lessons and be booked at an extra charge.

- subject to changes -

Rates and Dates for Castle Sindlingen Equestrian

Rates include:

Accommodation at the castle, all meals, riding lessons for adults/children, transfers from Herrenberg train station

Packages and Options

  • SeasonYearDescriptionEUR ~US$
    20198 day trip, AP- Basic Instructions€870$1045
  • B
    20198 day trip, AP- Intermediate Instructions€980$1175
  • C
    20197 day trip, AP- Child Program€560$675
  • D
    20196 day trip, AP- Basic Instructions (Sun-Fri)€670$805
  • E
    20196 day trip, AP- Intermediate Instructions€755$905
  • F
    20196 day trip, AP- Ladies Week€755$905
  • G
    20196 day trip, AP- Hunting Training€1085$1305
  • H
    20193 day trip, AP- Beginner Weekend€260$315
  • I
    20193 day trip, AP- Intermediate Weekend€300$360
  • J
    201910 day trip, AP- Jumping Course (New Year)€1030$1235
The US Dollar Rate is Based on Exchange Rate of 1.2

Rates Note:

For more experienced riders we recommend to purchase an additional 10 instruction sessions (in advance) - 1 private lesson = 2 group lessons.

* prices are per person based on double/twin occupancy

Rates Note:

For more experienced riders we recommend to purchase an additional 10 instruction sessions (in advance) - 1 private lesson = 2 group lessons.

Transfer and Other Charges:

2019 Transfer from Herrenberg train station can be arranged 0 $0
2019 Non-rider (8 days) 610 $735
2019 Single supplement -- please inquire 0 $0

Season Seasons  Min / MaxReserve
A 2019 01/01 - 12/31 8d / 7n 8 day trip, AP- Basic Instru... 1 /5 Reserve
B 2019 01/01 - 12/31 8d / 7n 8 day trip, AP- Intermediate... 1 /5 Reserve
C 2019 01/01 - 12/31 7d / 6n 7 day trip, AP- Child Progra... 1 /5 Reserve
D 2019 01/01 - 12/31 6d / 5n 6 day trip, AP- Basic Instru... 1 /5 Reserve
E 2019 01/01 - 12/31 6d / 5n 6 day trip, AP- Intermediate... 1 /5 Reserve
F 2019 01/01 - 12/31 6d / 5n 6 day trip, AP- Ladies Week 1 /5 Reserve
G 2019 01/01 - 12/31 6d / 5n 6 day trip, AP- Hunting Trai... 1 /5 Reserve
H 2019 01/01 - 12/31 3d / 2n 3 day trip, AP- Beginner Wee... 1 /5 Reserve
I 2019 01/01 - 12/31 3d / 2n 3 day trip, AP- Intermediate... 1 /5 Reserve
J 2019 01/01 - 12/31 10d / 9n 10 day trip, AP- Jumping Cou... 1 /5 Reserve

Dates Note: Open all year round. Arrival is any day of the week depending on availbility.
Ladies Week: 2/10 - 2/15/2019, 7/14 - 19/2019
Hunting Training: 9/23 - 9/28/2019, 9/30 - 10/5/2019
New Year Jumping Course: 12/28/2019 - 1/6/2020

Rates do not include:

Extra riding hours. Drinks

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