Château Neercanne is a Michelin-starred fine dining restaurant located in Maastricht, a province bordering the Netherlands and Belgium. While my friend and I didn’t get to eat there, we still managed to get a glimpse of the only terraced castle in the Netherlands. The scenery from the castle was astounding! It is surrounded by a vast field, groups of trees and greatly distanced houses, securing a quiet and peaceful stay. A little vineyard can also be found in the garden.
My Dutch friend and I spontaneously went on a road trip one autumn day. I was very lucky to be hosted by him, as he really made me comfortable during my stay and showed me around Brussels and Maastricht! Dutch hospitality is, indeed, one-of-a-kind in the world.
Our first stop was the 17th-century Château Neercanne, which houses a network of Marl Caves, now serving as wine cellars. Originally owned by Baron Daniël Wolf van Dopff, the Military Governor of Maastricht, the château was a grand venue for parties, feasts and receptions. The ownership has been passed on from one dignitary to another, until it reached the status of one of the best restaurants in the country. Read more about the castle here.
It can be quite tiring to climb up the castle, but it’s all worth it, as it gives a beautiful view of the countryside. There are also benches to sit and relax on top of the terraces.
I am really fascinated by the number of châteaux in Southern Europe. It’s very medieval-sounding and sophisticated to say the word “château”. Anyway, Wikipedia says that the river Jeker flows in the valley in front of the castle, but I can’t remember seeing a body of water nearby. More about the history of Château Neercanne here.
After enjoying an hour or two at the castle, my friend and I went further into the city center. There’s plenty to see in Maastricht! For instance, there’s the main city park, where a statue of a dead/dying giraffe being comforted by a girl can be found. We also saw many ruins and monuments and of course, waterways.
Can’t wait to write more about the city of Maastricht! 😉 Cheers! ❤