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A night in a Dutch castle.

A night in a Dutch castle

Amid gentle hills of Limburg province, three centuries-old castles offer elegant lodging and fine dining. "Allow time to eat' says one guest, "and be ready for meals to start at $20, without wine.'

Woods and fields with well-signed roads and trails around the castles invite walks and bicycle trips (rental bikes available).

Day excursions--on your own or on a tour--include a trip to Maastricht to see its Roman heritage and lively cafes. In West Germany, visit Aachen's cathedral and museum with artifacts from Charlemagne's reign. Liege is a Belgian river port famous for its waffles.

Take a train to Kerkrade or Maastricht, then a taxi or bus; or drive. Addresses are in Limburg, The Netherlands. Exchange rate may affect prices.

Erenstein. Hotel and restaurant share the name, but lodging is a short distance from the castle in a remodeled 18th-century farmstead. The 45 rooms start at $50 for two, including a large breakfast. Erenstein is a mile from Kerkrade station. Write to Oud Erensteinerweg 6, 6468 PC Kerkrade; call 045-461333.

Neubourg. Open April through October, the castle has 20 rooms furnished with Louis XVI, antiques. Room and breakfast for two are about $66; with lunch or dinner (half board) $114. The hotel is 9 miles southeast of Maastricht. Write to 6271 PL Gulpen; call 04450-1222.

Wittem. The castle's 12 twin-bed rooms are about $57 for two, including breakfast. If you eat lunch or dinner at Wittem, room price is reduced to $45. It's mile east of Neubourg. Write to Wittemer Allee 3, 6286 AA Wittem; call 04450-1208.

Photo: Restored Erenstein castle houses fine Dutch restaurant. Ringed by moat, it guarded route between Cologne and Bruges

Photo: Between West Germany and Belgium, Kerkrade and Maastricht are a 2

1/2-hour train ride from Amsterdam, 150 miles by car
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