Château Neercanne (also known as Agimont) was built on a site that was already in use by the Romans. The caves, created by mining blocks to build the fortifications, still exist. They are now in use as the wine cellar of Neercanne. In 1465 the castle was destroyed by the people of Liège during the Liège Wars. The outbuildings and the prominent corner tower were built in 1611, in the style of the Mosan Renaissance. The main building was built in 1698 by Daniël Wolf van Dopff, lord of Neercanne, at that time the military governor of Maastricht. All present buildings are built from marl. In the valley in front of the castle flows the river Jeker and is a baroque garden, reconstructed to the original design. Today It is a fine dining restaurant that is awarded one or two Michelin stars in the periods 1957-1982 and 1986–present.

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Founded: 1611-1698
Category: Castles and fortifications in Netherlands

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Idris (10 months ago)
A great place to work outings and if you love to explore how a real castle looks like, then this is the place to be. Clean and service is top notch. Warm atmosphere as well.
gökhan adıgüzel (10 months ago)
Good location, good atmosphere with a great nature. Must see to enjoy, also cycle or walk to the belgium border which will offer very nice cafes on the way
Abu Baker Siddique (12 months ago)
One of the best resturant in Maastricht. Great food and ambience
Marwan ElGhamrawy (14 months ago)
The view is great. The main course was not good. On the other hand, the starters and dessert was good.
marco pagliacci (15 months ago)
I've visited several 1 to 3 star Michelin restaurants and they are in the podium. Excellent quality, great care for the costumers, beautiful location and tasty proposals. Just one note: I'd never propose a white wine for sweetbread... But may be it's my personal view . Recommended, will be there again and again :)
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