The following is an insider tip on traveling through Germany’s history. I already stayed at this small castle hotel twice which stands out from the crowd of other similar hotels mainly because of its casual atmosphere in a sophisticated environment. I’m talking about Lütgenhof Castle in Dassow, close to the German shore at the Baltic Sea, an hour east of Hamburg.
So, if you want to see more than the major German cities and have a desire to see the countryside as well as some historical sites, but are allergic to flocks of scuffling tourists at places like Neuschwanstein Castle (think Cinderella’s Castle) then this might be a more personal alternative, albeit slightly less spectacular. You can spend time on a quiet piece of land with a small river next to the building and a nature sanctuary all around as well. You can go to local beaches, explore little castles in the area and visit nearby small villages or towns like Wismar, where you’ll find farmer’s markets, cafés, shops and old churches. You can also explore Lübeck and its picturesque old town which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Lütgenhof was built in the neoclassical style by an aristocratic family in 1839. After WWII, it became a children’s home, then a school, and in 1961, was used as barracks for the boarder guards because of it’s location directly on the border between East and West Germany. After the reunification of Germany, Jägermeister bought Lütgenhof Castle and redeveloped and renovated it with care.
Today, it offers 23 rooms and suites equipped with no thrilling features (small, simple TV and no internet access) but in a reserved and comfortable style: high quality materials, fine linen. It’s fresh, bright and no frills.
You will see precious furniture with a slight modern accent in the public rooms without the typical Baroque castle arrangements. This combined with the attentive but casual service, makes visitors feel very comfortable – no matter if you drive up in Jaguar or on a touring bike.
There is a small gourmet restaurant in the main hall with an impressive wooden ceiling and a view over reed fields where you can enjoy some real fine dining. Guests interested in running or cycling have the choice between countless tours and may complete the day in the hotel’s sauna or on the terrace with a local beer.
Altogether an excellent place to relax in a historic, natural, luxurious and comfortable surrounding, supported by grown up, professional and personal hotel service.
Photos courtesy of: http://www.schloss-luetgenhof.de/Home.77.0.html