Dating back to the 13th century, the building was used as a monastery where nuns and monks, especially those of distinguished families, stayed there. In the mid 14th century, the monastery officially became a convent where the daughters of noble families stayed. From the 16th to the 18th centuries, the monastery suffered damages due to wars, until it was finally closed down.
The castle dates back to the 14th century and was built by Otte von Holtmühle, whose name it also took. Through the centuries, the castle changed many hands and it was abandoned for many years. Today it is a charming historic castle hotel, the most distinctive characteristic of which is the water-filler moat that exists right in front of it.
The castle was initially built by a lord and it was surrounded by a moat and firm fortification all around it. In the 16th century, the castle was destroyed in a fire, but was soon rebuilt in the shape it had before. Many counts and barons lived in the castle over the ages, and one of them renovated it in the 19th century according to the Gothic-style of the era, a style it retains until today. During most of the 20th century, the castle was used to house miners, and after a renovation that finished in 1999 it was turned into the hotel that it is today.
A sophisticated monastery hotel in Sittard, Hotel Merici is a one-of-a-kind place for couples to visit on their honeymoon. “Merici” means being the center of attention, which is exactly what honeymooners will get when they are here. The hotel’s honeymoon suite is laid with a lush red carpet, the four-poster bed is embellished with rose petals, and next to the spa bath is champagne, flowers, and chocolates. If wanting to get out of the room, couples can also visit Saint Michael’s church, a Dominican monastery, and even canals nearby the hotel.
The castle was initially built in the 14th century by the Lord of Wassenberg as his hunting lodge. It has since changed many hands and housed various noble families. The castle fell into ruin for many years, until it was remade into the hotel that it is today.