In the heart of Mecklenburg Switzerland, the classically-styled Burg Schlitz lies hidden in a deeply wooded landscaped park. It's just a short ride up a gravel road to the castle's entrance, where one might expect the Count von Schlitz to emerge to greet guests but the good count died more than 100 years ago and the estate's restoration wasn't quite that extensive.

Unlike many castle hotels, Burg Schlitz strives to give its guests a sense of castle life. Rooms and suites are in the east and west wings, where the count and his family once lived. The Knight's Hall with its Gothic dome, stained glass, stucco ceilings and parquet floor is today an award-winning restaurant. The rest of the castle does nothing to alert guests that the 21st century has arrived. The idyllic Schlosspark has been tended well over the past 150 years and is a wonderful refuge for guests. It's a restful walk from the Karolinenkapelle (chapel) adjacent to the hotel to the Luisenteig (pond). The hotel will even provide picnic lunches and a blanket.

Each guestroom is different and filled with antiques and custom-made furniture. Floors are oiled hardwood, and colored silk and other fabrics enhance the color scheme. For those with royal budgets (about 940 DM/$429 a night), the Grafensuite has its own work room, salon, bedroom, walk-in closet, bath with separate tub and shower, and gilded ceiling. More economical (390 DM/$178) double rooms include Number 28, with a view of the park and Number 31 on the top floor, with a view to the Karolinenkapelle. Doubles have a dressing room or walk-in closet. All rooms have VCRs, CD players. Considering its setting and the overall experience, Burg Schlitz though expensive for this region is a bargain.

Street Address: Hohen Demzin
City: Hohen Demzin
Country: Germany
Phone: 011 49 3996 12 700
Fax: 011 49 3996 12 70 70
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Quality: Rating: 4 stars
Value: Rating: 4 stars
Price Level: $$$$
Type: Hotel