Photos courtesy of Kasteel Wittem
Double rooms: 95–175 euros
Tower Suite: 150–225 euros
Rates do not include breakfast
Open: All year. Closed Mondays during winter months.
Wittem is just about 18 km east of Maastricht. Take N278. When you pass through Gulpen-Wittem, the castle will be off on your left.
On site: bicycle rentals; library
Nearby: golf; hiking; Klooster Wittem; Maastricht; Aachen
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If you favor small, family-operated castle hotels with personalized service, Kasteel Wittem makes a fine choice in the Limburg region.
It’s always a great feeling after you’ve been driving to pull up to your new address, receive a genuine, warm welcome and then be escorted to your room for the night. And you’ll be in good company: Charles V spent the night here on the way to his coronation in Aachen in 1520.
Of course, the castle looked very different back then—as did the guest rooms. Today you’ll find spacious and tastefully decorated rooms with all the creature comforts you need. Decor is modern, but dark wood beams in several of the rooms give a nice castle-like touch. All have en suite baths or showers.
For a special splurge, go for the tower room; it dates from the 11th century.
The castle brasserie serves lunch, coffee and pastries every day (except Monday) until late afternoon. And naturally, you can enjoy an excellent breakfast with views overlooking the castle garden.
Take time to explore the 3 hectares (7 1/2 acres) of parkland. Dating from the 18th century, you’ll find trees that are 300 years old. One of the moats and the ponds also date from the 18th century; these originally held trout. There’s also a second moat that was dug at the time of the original castle.
The castle is listed as a national monument.