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Schloss Eckberg, Dresden

$199 or less
Editor's Pick
134 Bautzner Strasse
Germany 01099
Tel: 49 351 80 990's insider take:

A gothic-revival castle built by a pupil of Gottfried Semper in the 19th century, this folly has been turned into a wellness-oriented spa and hotel complex. Make sure you stay in the castle and not the less-expensive wellness pavilion called the Cavalier's House, a modern building with none of the castle's charm. The castle itself looks over the Elbe River from a hilltop a few miles upriver from Dresden. Renovations have left much of the original surfaces intact, resulting in a series of huge rooms with parquet floors, high ceilings, and plain walls. The 67 guest rooms are perhaps too plain, but four of the castle rooms have huge river-view terraces. The house restaurant serves excellent French-influenced cuisine.

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