A NIGHT AT A REALLY SPOOKY CASTLE
It was a dark night in the mountains of the southern Dutch province of Limburg (yes, though most of the country is below sea level they DO have mountains). We had yet to find a place to stay for the night when my partner, Stella, a Dutch national, remembered that there was an old castle nearby that rented rooms to visitors. Castle Geulzicht she recalled was its name.
Navigating our way up the side of the mountain we arrived at the castle, the headlights of our rented Cooper Mini Clubman spookily silhoutting the gate. We wended our way up to the front of the castle and couldn’t help looking up and gazing at a leering demonic face, one of the castle’s gargoyles, which seemed to eye us appraisingly.
Approaching the front door I noticed a bronze plaque depicting a man striking down a crippled Nazi eagle with his sword. Apparently this castle was Nazi High Command for the area from 1940-1945.
We pounded on the door, the echo reverberating eerily, and entered. Our innkeeper (castle-keeper?) Willem greeted us warmly and showed us several rooms. We chose the one with a spooky image of a 17th century Dutchman over the fireplace and sunken marble baths. After Willem left we noticed that the eyes of our 17th Century Dutchman seemed to follow us around the room. I heard an odd sound. Was that wolf I heard howling on the mountain? Nah, couldn’t be…none here for hundreds of years.
I smiled. I hadn’t had this much fun since my Halloween night at Hunyadi Castle in Transylvania! (http://lifeasahuman.com/2015/arts-culture/culture/in-search-of-dracula/) For the price of an ordinary hotel room we got a superbly spooky castle as our playground complete with breakfast on the terrace in the morning. If you are travelling through Limburg province Holland, be sure to stay at Castle Geulzicht. You won’t regret it! At least I dont’ think you will…
IF YOU GO…