From hilltop-smothering fortifications to simple one-room towers, here’s our round-up of the best ‘real castles’ for a unique heritage stay, and an authentic experience of life from a bygone era.
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Hotel Burg Liebenstein
Kamp-Bornhofen, Rhineland-Palatinate, Germany|www.castle-liebenstein.com|
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This character-filled Rhine castle is one of its most famous, rich in the legend of feuding brothers. A small, family-run hotel now operates in the 13th-century main tower.
Original features predominate – exposed stone walls, low beamed ceilings and a medieval dining room.
The restaurant serves up traditional German dishes in the ‘Knights’ Hall’, and there are tranquil valley views from the panorama terrace.
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