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Most famous former guest: Johann Wolfgang von Goethe. Near Weimar and Leipzig, Germany is the beautifully atmospheric Elgersburg Castle, which has a history going back to at least the 12th century, is one of Thuringia’s finest and best-preserved castles, and now happily serves as a luxury hotel. It has a lovely hilltop position, towering over the pretty village of the same name, at the edge of the fabled Thuringian Forest (Thüringer Wald in German). THE ACCOMMODATION: You can choose between standard and deluxe singles and doubles, with the deluxe being worth the extra premium, we feel, for their extra space and more lavish decor. All of the rooms, in line with the rest of this roughly 1,000-year-old castle, display plenty of old-world charm. They feel cosy and warm, and with modern facilities, flat-screen TV and digital hotel guides, for example, kept relatively unintrusive. PRICES: Check out all the details – prices, reviews, and more photos – on the booking page here. FACILITIES & THINGS TO DO: Though the hotel feels intimate there is much common space to be explored, allowing one to soak up some of the medieval atmosphere. With its strategic hilltop location a stroll around the castle grounds offers READ MORE