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Burghotel auf Schonburg
Oberwesel, Rhineland-Palatinate, Germany|www.hotel-schoenburg.com|
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This 12th-century Rhine castle was the home of the Dukes of Schonburg, who ruled the town of Oberwesel and levied customs on the Rhine’s flourishing trade.
Today’s 27-room hotel has many original features, including four-poster beds; you dine in the ‘Knights Room’ and views from the terrace are fit for royalty.
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