Limbricht Castle originates from the 10th century. It was first a motte castle with a wooden tower. The stone buildings were erected around 1250. During the 80 years war the army of Duke of Parma looted the castle (1579). During the Napoleon wars it was a military hospital (1813-1814) and during the World War I an internment camp for German prisoners-of-war. The current castle building dates from the early 1600s and is built on Maasland Renaissance style.

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MB CHAKROUN (8 months ago)
Great place to share the best moment
Ray Belcher (8 months ago)
Enjoyed the Strawberry Trail event hosted by Limbricht Castle. Stations placed evenly throughout the trail for easy access by foot. Food was very tasty and light.
Mathijs Rem (8 months ago)
Great grill dinner at the waterline. Home made staging which is a bit flimsy. Risk of trapping a chair leg between the staging planks. One needs to climb over a hedge aided by home made stairs. Chairs are lounge type rather than dinner type. Grill is hard to get leveled due to the incline of the staging. Some agility is required to deal withe hurdles to get to the seating area and to stay properly seated. Not recommended for elderly, disabled or less mobile people. Plenty of meat for 2 men 2 women. Sadly the fruits were served without cover. After a couple of hours of grilling, the fruit is covered in marinate grease. If that's not the case, it may be covered in flies. Suggestion is to ask the personnel to keep the fruit platter in the refrigerator until you are finished grilling. Free parking.
Edney Helene Dos Santos (9 months ago)
Fantastic, this place is magical, great food, super beautiful view, it is an experience that we can't forget.
Jos Renet (10 months ago)
With the corona measures they placed some tables very close to the castle moot, it's the best place in the house to lounge. Make it permanent, it's awesome!
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