The South Limburg Area

The South Limburg area is known as the centre of the Euregio. Berg en Terblijt is centrally situated in this area. The Ardennes, the Eifel, Aachen and Liege are, so to speak, within a stone’s throw.

But the central location of Geulzicht Castle proves particularly ideal in relation to Valkenburg (3 km) and Maastricht (6 km).

A scenic foothpath bordering the river Geul takes you through the nature reserve Ingendael to Valkenburg, the city of marl. Here you can enjoy at length the cosy atmosphere of the sidewalk cafés, relax and indulge at Thermae 2000, or have a go at the brand-new Holland Casino on top of the famous Cauberg.

Onze lieve vrouwekerk Maastricht |     Helltower Maastricht |      Bonnefanten Museum |     Pater Vink tower Maastricht |


Maastricht is known by many for the famous Treaty of Maastricht, which made the unification of the present Europe irreversible.

But to even more people Maastricht also rings other bells: the Vrijthof, the St Servaas church, the
Bonnefantenmuseum, the St Pieters hill, the Dinghuis, the old bridge on the river Meuse, not to forget the exquisite culinary delights which a variety of Burgundian restaurants have to offer, or special events like Carnival or Preuvenemint. If you want to go shopping in Maastricht, the oldest and most beautiful town of the Netherlands, you have to allot at least one day for it. The district Wijck, across the river, is also not be missed!


On the outskirts of town you will find the MECC, an Exposition and Congress centre where many international fairs are held, such as the renowned, prestigious TEFAF art and antique fair. The whole year through exhibitions, concerts and congresses take place at the MECC. Driving there by car from and to Geulzicht Castle will take you less time than from many hotels in Maastricht.

Vrijthof Maastricht |       Kruis Maastricht |     Maas met St. Servaasbrug Maastricht |     Visvijver Maastricht |


All tourist attractions in the South of Limburg can be reached by car within 20 minutes, but leaving the through roads to explore the many little country-roads that wind themselves along picturesque dales, timber framed houses, field-crosses and standard tree orchards, proves for many a man to be the real highlight of the day.

Geulzicht Castle Hotel is situated on top of a rock, very close to the Geul valley. The river Geul, with a waterfall , flows 100 mtrs away from the castle. The Geul valley is rightly praised as one of the most beautiful parts of the Netherlands.

In summertime emerald green and golden yellow, in autumn bursting with thousands of colours, in winter little Switzerland under a blanket of snow. A true paradise for those how love walking and rambling and crisp, pure air. One can roam for hours through nature and think oneself in a different country, if it weren’t for the many crosses and chapels that remind you this is South Limburg still.

The rustic location where one can walk the many many walkingpaths in its surroundings is the basis of a holiday to be active, to take a cure, to relax or even to work.

Preuvenemint Maastricht

From Thursday 27 to Sunday 30 August 2015, Maastricht – the gastronomic capital of the Netherlands – will be teeming with gastronomes again. For the 34th time, the Vrijthof square will be transformed into the Netherlands’ largest open-air restaurant.

The Preuvenemint is traditionally held in Maastricht in the last week of August. The name Preuvenemint is a combination of the Maastricht words “preuve” (taste) and “evenemint” (event). So The Preuvenemint is an event at which guests can taste the good things in life.

Preuvenemint Maastricht

Largest open-air restaurant of the Netherlands



5 Golf Courses within 25 km from Geulzicht Castle

Golfbaan het Rijk van Margraten, dicht bij hotel kasteel Geulzicht

Golfcourse het Rijk van Margraten, 9 km from castlehotel Geulzicht

Within 25 km from Geulzicht Castle there are 5 golf courses.

Het Rijk van Margraten: 18 holes, 9 km from Hotel Kasteel Geulzicht.
Bemelerweg 99
6267 AL Cadier en Keer
Tel: +31 (0)43- 356 99 99

International Golf Maastricht, 18 holes, 13 km from Hotel Kasteel Geulzicht.
Dousbergweg 90
6216 GC Maastricht
Tel: +31 (0)43-3281740
18-holes baan. 45 extra holes i.c.m. Henri-Chapelle.

Golf course Margraten near castlehotel Geulzicht |

Golf course Margraten near castlehotel Geulzicht

De Zuid Limburgse G&CC “Wittem”: 18 holes, 18 km from Hotel Kasteel Geulzicht.
Aubelsweg 1
6281 PC Gulpen-Wittem
Tel : +31 (0)43-455 2370

Golf & Country Club Hoenshuis : 18 holes, 12 km from Hotel Kasteel Geulzicht.
Hoensweg 17
6367 GN Voerendaal
Tel : +31 (0)45-575 3300

Openbare Golf Brunssummerheide: 45 holes, 24 km from Hotel Kasteel Geulzicht.
Rimburgerweg 50, 6445 PA Brunssum
Tel : +31 (0)45-527 0968

Golfcourse Burggolf Herkenbosch: 18 holes, 59 km. from Hotel Kasteel Geulzicht.
Stationsweg 100, Herkenbosch
Tel: +31 (0) 475529529

History of Geulzicht Castle Hotel


Geulzicht Castle hotel belongs to the youngest generation of castles. It was designed by the Maastricht architect Henri Reek at the end of the nineteenth century and commissioned by the industrialist Pieter Carel Zuyderhoudt and his wife Fannij van Enthoven, who among others, also owned the small castle Hofwijck in Voorburg. Mister Zuyderhoudt, born in Batavia in former Dutch East India, was engineer by profession. In those times it was quite common for the nouveaux-riches among the upper middle class to build a manor-like country house in a historical style to their taste.

Castle hotel Geulzicht from air |

The style of the castle, which is entirely put up in marl, is English neo-gothic, which gave it its romantic appearance. It is prominently set against the slope of the Brakkeberg, complete with drive and entrance gate. The former staff residence and garage are situated in the immediate surroundings. The marl blocks came from the Brakkeberg and were transported over a narrow gauge railway to the construction site.

The construction of the castle was completed at the beginning of last century. As for the interior, of high interest is the large lounge with its white marble and black Namur stone floor. The monumental fireplace is partly decorated with glazen tiles. Its wainscoted mantelpiece is draped with a gobelin. The walls have woodpanelling.
The paintings on the ceiling are by Adrianus Hartigh, who is also known to have several mural paintings in the nearby caves, and portray biblical scenes. Figures from Greek and Roman mythology adorn the brown frieze.

The former library prides in richly carved wooden bookcases. Here again, the fireplace is decorated with glazed tiles and has a wainscoted mantelpiece. Here too, wood panelling on the walls. The dining room has a decorative stucco ceiling. Its white marble mantelpiece rests on four little marble columns. Four rooms have a sunken Roman bath (600 litres).

castlehotel geulzicht |

Originally the castle was built for private occupation. From 1937 onwards, the Weinberg family used Geulzicht Castle as a hotel. Everyone called the then owner, Mr Weinberg, “Uncle Joep”, which proved to be very opportune in the war. On 10 May 1940 some high German officers” and their staff arrived and occupied Hotel Geulzicht Castle, which they made their central command post. All through the German occupation though, the hotel harboured some Jews in hiding. Since everyone addressed Mr Weinberg as “Uncle Joep”, there was no danger of them betraying Mr Weinberg or themselves. There were also a few artists among the persons in hiding who had refused to become member of the Kulturkammer. They paid Mr Weinberg with paintings.

The story goes that the decision to bomb the city of Rotterdam was taken at Geulzicht Castle, but this is a doubtful allegation that cannot be proven. Fact is that the aerial shots of the front lines taken by the German reconnaissance planes were dropped at Geulzicht Castle and developed and finished in its cellars. There is a plaque in memory of the Second World War at the entrance of the hotel. Later on the hotel was taken over by Mr Weinberger’s daughter and his son-in-law. When they closed business, the well-known journalist Jean Nelissen, who lived there till 1982, bought the castle. Since 1982 the van Kuik family owns the castle. After thorough restoration they made it back into a hotel. Recently Geulzicht Castle was listed as a historic building.

Contrary to most hotel castles, the guests of Geulzicht Castle stay and sleep in the original castle itself!