After Aachen and Maastricht, we drove to northern Luxembourg where we were staying in the Chateau d’Urspelt (Ischpelt in Luxemburgisch) which has a huge population of 100 people.
The Chateau d’Urspelt (Urspelt Castle) is a complex that dates back to at least the 11th Century. This is suggested by a well that dates back to that time. The 1860s saw the construction of the modern castle; the existing hunting lodge received an upgrade, resulting in a large manor and grounds that included orchards and gardens. Unfortunately, the descendants of the renovator did not share his dream. It fell into disrepair and was the Nazis’ headquarters during their occupation in northern Luxembourg. Afterwards, it was left abandoned until as recently as 2005. This is when new owners restored and converted into a 4-star luxury hotel. The Castle today now boasts 58 rooms/suites to house guests. Facilities include a bar, a restaurant and space for conferences and weddings. There was a different wedding reception every single night we were there.
If you are looking to book a room, we found a great deal on lastminute.com, paying only 25% of the original price for a normal room for 2 people. Just because it is usually out of your price range, don’t give up on your hopes of staying in a castle. Quick warning: just because it says it is 4-stars or luxury doesn’t mean that it is necessarily what you would expect. For example, the beds were extremely hard and we ended up having to put something over them in order to be able to sleep. Staying in an AirBnB in Paris was more comfortable for less than half the reduced price per night.
Here are some more photos from the castle:
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