Castle inns throughout Germany allow guests to step back in time and revisit medieval or Renaissance times. You can walk through a lodging's ancient hallways, marvel at the architecture, inspect the furnishings, dine in medieval style and enjoy artwork from centuries past. Sababurg Sleeping Beauty Castle In the heart of Germany's Reinhardswald forest sits the 675-year-old Sababurg Sleeping Beauty Castle (sababurg.de). Local legend holds that it was the castle where Sleeping Beauty slept. This fairy-tale castle offers lavish accommodations with luxurious four-poster beds. You can enjoy performances in the medieval vaulted cellar or outdoors amid the castle's ruins. From April to October, the castle has an English performance of "Sleeping Beauty and Prince Charming" every Sunday. Surrounding the castle are lush medieval flower and herb gardens where you can stroll. A castle cafe offers pastries and other goodies. Castle auf Schonburg Overlooking the medieval town of Oberwesel sits Castle auf Schonburg (hotel-schoenburg.com). An imposing fortress, the castle was restored to its former glory in 1914. The castle offers lodging and features candlelit or terrace dining that provides views of the countryside. The castle, reminiscent of the Renaissance era, has a large library and offers modern conveniences such as televisions and Internet access. Each room has a plush four-poster bed and period furnishings. The rooms feature private balconies that overlook the Rhine River, mini-bars, private bathrooms and telephones. Castle Hotel Liebenstein Between Marksburg and the Lorelei cliff, Castel Hotel Liebenstein (castle-liebenstein.com) offers lavishly decorated rooms. You can stay in the main castle or the castle's tower. Each room features a canopy bed and period furnishings. All rooms have a view of the Rhine River. While staying at the castle, legend has it, you may encounter a resident ghost, the Baroness of Liebenstein, said to wander the castle's hallways. The castle offers a medieval banquet where you can enjoy live storytellers and minstrels. You can dine in the castle tower restaurant or the terrace restaurant. Castle Colmberg The 1,000-year-old Castle Colmberg (burg-colmberg.de) offers medieval ambiance. The rooms feature private baths, some with whirlpool tubs. The castle's restaurant offers Franconia specialties and a fully stocked wine cellar. A historic chapel offers weddings and other ceremonies. The surrounding countryside has golfing and swimming opportunities.
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