In the grounds of the hotel/fortress stands the Bergfried (the central defensive tower). At a height of 30m it can be seen as soon as you enter the village which makes it pretty easy to find your accommodation on a dark night!
Have a wander round the grounds of the hotel complex - it's fascinating and full of interesting architectural features - like this archway!
Underneath the archway I noticed this intricately engraved door. The people must have been very short hundreds of years ago!!
Things are done with taste, style and aplomb in Germany..... dress accordingly! Oh and the meal consisted of so many courses I lost count - vegetarians were well catered for too!
Others were served a beef course, a duck course, Sea-bass, Cherry sorbet, various salads and Kartoffelkloese (fabulous German speciality - potato dumplings) all washed down of course with lashings of gorgeous German wine and beer!!
Walking around the hotel grounds late at night in high heeled shoes is no mean feat (or even feet ;-)) The roads are made of very uneven cobbles and you are likely to break your ankle if it's been raining and you have to make your way back to your room in the dark after a couple of glasses of German wine!
Like teenagers all over the world - these ones are probably bored (and I can't blame them - there really isn't ANYTHING for them to do in Wanzleben) so they hang out in large groups in the park - drinking and smoking! This was the view from my hotel window. They weren't being noisy or causing any problems though - the kids of Wanzleben are quite law-abiding! It was freezing and they were out there for hours - and they couldn't even sit down as the ground was damp - poor things!
Our room had a lovely view onto the woodland behind the hotel and because the walls of the Burg are so thick, the windowsills are just perfect for sitting and taking some quiet moments.
Fondest memory: The hotel - it's just gorgeous.