In a country known for its many spectacular castles, we had to make some tough decisions when choosing a hotel for this list. In the end, it came down to authenticity, charm and location. With just 24 individually furnished guest rooms, this castle features a prison tower, scenic terraces and a beautiful garden. It sits above the medieval town of Oberwesel in the UNESCO World Heritage Upper Middle Rhine Valley, and the first mention of it dates back to 911. A fire caused serious damage in 1689, and it wasn't until 1914 that major restoration began. Select guest room highlights include four-poster beds, arched windows, tapestries, timber paneling and Rhine River views. All stays come with a four-course dinner (the elegant dining rooms and dining terraces serve guests only on Monday night and are open to the public otherwise), and regional specialties include roulade of deer and creamy forest mushroom soup.
MEDIEVAL FRENCH FORTRESS Château du Peyruzel
Designed with four square towers to replicate the shape of a Maltese cross, this castle offers a salon, library and reception room, each with its own original attributes.
PRIVACY IN A B&B Castello Delle Quattro Torra
In the loving care of the Ponticelli family since 1885, this property, complete with four towers and battlements, is now a bed and breakfast with only three rooms.