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A Drive Through Germany's Castle-Country

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Photo: Whitney Lawson

Take a driving tour of lush vineyards, centuries-old castles, and, of course, a bit of courtly love.

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Inspired by: Exploring Germany’s Rhine Valley — by Jeff Wise, Published Jan. 2009

Hotels (4)

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    Hotel Elephant

    The 313-year-old Hotel Elephant, was once the preferred meeting spot for intellectuals like Goethe.

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    Gasthof Zum Falken

    Owner of the hotel-restuarant Lars Zwick, makes fresh bratwurst from pork butchered in town.

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    Schönburg Castle Hotel

    The 13th-century fortress is one of the most hauntingly romantic places in Europe. Its stones have survived countless histories: throughout the Mid

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    Hotel Eisenhut

    Series of 4 15th- and 16th-century patrician mansions, near the central market square, that are a well-preserved slice of history in the heart of t

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Restaurants (3)

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    Anno 1900

    The restaurant sits on a Beaux-Arts– style pavilion jutting out from the side of the historic Hotel Anna Amalia.

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    Restaurant Mittermeier

    In the busy basement enoteca, decidedly less pricey and formal than the fine-dining room upstairs, dark walnut tables are full of hip young locals;

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    Historische Weinwirtschaft

    At the Historische Weinwirtschaft (“Historical Wine Inn”), a stone-walled restaurant with a wood-beamed ceiling, dogs and children run around freel

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Activities (2)

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    Hornberg Castle

    Stop for coffee and cake on the 11th-century castle’s terrace, with a view of the red-roofed village below.

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    Heidelberg Castle

    The 12th-century casle, once a thick-walled tower now stands torn in half, the remnants of centuries of warfare.

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