A water-filled moat (with some big fish) surrounds this 17th century brick castle.
Here in the majestic Ruhr Valley, Schlosshotel Hugenpoet awaits those with nostalgic hearts. Hundreds of years ago, this castle may have welcomed guests with boiling oil; nowadays, things are a good deal more cordial, with the only hot oil being used in the hotel's two kitchens.
Stride 'cross the moat, and gaze down in search of your smiling reflection. Enter through large doors into the imposing lobby, clad in marble, stone, and oak. Once checked in, you'll likely head up to one of 25 rooms, filled with period antiques and lavish bedding. If you've packed even higher standards on your trip, opt for one of five Junior Suites, the two-level Tower Suite, or the impeccable and sprawling Villa Türmchen.
Breakfast is worshipped here as a key to any good day; hence, the spread is comprehensive, and served in several courses.
Before diving into your next meal, take a trip to the spa for Ayurvedic treatments or a little acupuncture. If the sun is out, roam the verdant grounds. If the sky is determined to remain grey, ignore it, and play a few games in the cozy poolroom.
Later meals can be had either formal or casual. At Nero, precise cuisine is served alongside a choice of 400 wines. At the more laid-back Hugenpöttchen, casual favorites are offered up in the castle's former Remise.