Photos courtesy of Schlosshotel Lembeck
18 double rooms
“Family” room for 4 people available.
Single rooms: 99–149 euros
Double rooms: 119–169 euros
Rates include breakfast, tax, and service.
Open: all year
Dorsten-Lembeck is about 30 km north of Essen and 10 km north of Dorsten. The easiest way to reach the castle is to exit at Wesel-Schermbeck on the northbound A-3 autobahn and drive east on B-58. Follow the signposts to Lembeck and Reken.
On site: museum
Nearby: swimming; horseback riding; hiking
Yes. Small chapel on site. Inquire hotel for details.
To arrive at this delightful Westphalian water castle, you must pass through a park, cross not just one but two moats, and carry on past a wall and gateway. Schloss Lembeck is known as much for its museum as for its hotel accommodations.
The castle is a fine example of the multiple uses a historic structure can be put to. Revenues from the museum, hotel, weddings, chamber concerts, and art gallery keep the castle beautifully maintained in all its medieval splendor.
The hotel section of Lembeck is located in the rear of the castle. Reception serves double duty as a small restaurant, which is down a narrow stairway from the front entrance. The restaurant has an appropriate rustic ambience with a vaulted brick ceiling, fireplace, and wooden chairs and tables.
One-of-a-kind antique furniture and Oriental carpets grace the guest rooms. For an extra splurge, try the bridal suite with its canopy bed, tapestry-covered chairs, and views of the countryside.
A stroll about the grounds is a must. Trails lead past well-tended gardens, a moat filled with water lilies, and on into the woods.
The castle museum is filled with centuries-old artifacts of precious porcelain, crystal, furniture, and paintings from the castle’s former days.