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A Night in a Dutch Castle

Magazine article Sunset

A Night in a Dutch Castle

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A night in a Dutch castle

Amid gentle hills of Limburg province, three centuries-old castles offer elegant lodging and fine dining. "Allow time to eat' says one guest, "and be ready for meals to start at $20, without wine.'

Woods and fields with well-signed roads and trails around the castles invite walks and bicycle trips (rental bikes available).

Day excursions--on your own or on a tour--include a trip to Maastricht to see its Roman heritage and lively cafes. In West Germany, visit Aachen's cathedral and museum with artifacts from Charlemagne's reign. Liege is a Belgian river port famous for its waffles.

Take a train to Kerkrade or Maastricht, then a taxi or bus; or drive. Addresses are in Limburg, The Netherlands. Exchange rate may affect prices.

Erenstein. Hotel and restaurant share the name, but lodging is a short distance from the castle in a remodeled 18th-century farmstead. The 45 rooms start at $50 for two, including a large breakfast. …

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