There are few castle hotels that co closely fit the archetype as does Schloss Saaleck. Position high on a hill, overlooking a wide river valley, it can be seen for miles away. The castle is 1,000 years old and the hotel section about half that age. There is a drawbridge, moat and a castle keep. The hotel has about 15 rooms of different sizes, some with fantastic views. The castle is being remodeled room by room. Those remodeled rooms have much nicer bathrooms and better windows. Colors and decorations can be a little kitschy. The breakfast is plentiful and varied and includes sekt.