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Schloss Hugenpoet Hotel *****

August Thyssen Strasse 51, 45219 Essen Kettwig, Postfach 185549, 45205 Essen, Germany


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The Schloss Hugenpoet Hotel is a member of Relais & Chateaux.

It is one of the architectural jewels of the Ruhr valley. The traditional moated castle dating back to the 17th century offers its guests an atmosphere full of customized hospitality, whilst its beautiful scenery ensures relaxation and rest. The castle is ideally situated between the cities of Dueldorf and Essen; it is easy to reach and a perfect base for business people and trade fair visitors. This beautiful manor is also highly commendable for short stays of people who want to get away from mainstream vacationers.


The first part of the word "Hugenpoet" namely "Hugen", comes from the term sometimes still used in the region today "Huge" which means toad. The suffix "poet" is synonymous with pool, puddle or mire. Hence, "Hugenpoet" could be translated as "toad pool". In times gone by there were once two farmsteads here called "Unterer Hugendiek" and "In der Hugenpoet". When a moated castle was built not far from these two farmsteads, it was given the name "Hugenpoet". It was first mentioned in 778 as a Royal demesne for Charlemagne.

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The Schloss Hugenpoet is an architectural gem. Situated in delightful surroundings in the valley of the River Ruhr, this 17th century Castle surrounded by water, offers a friendly and hospitable atmosphere where guests can relax and feel completely at ease.

The idyllic Castle grounds are perfect for walks. The Tennis Court in the park is open for anyone wishing to round off a busy or enjoyable day with some exercise in the fresh air. Golf enthusiasts will find a course in Oefte, just 5 kilometers away.

By car:

From Dusseldorf (A 52): Take the A 52 motorway in the direction of Essen / Oberhausen up to Breitscheid junction, exit Rat.-Breitscheid, 200 m to traffic lights, filter right in the direction of Velbert (B 227); 1.8 km to the roundabout (ESSO and BP), turn left in the direction of E-Kettwig; 1.3 km further on turn left in the direction of E-Kettwig, 3.3 km down the road is the entrance to the Hotel (heed the right of way).

From Essen (A 52): Take the A 52 motorway in the direction of Düsseldorf, exit Essen-Kettwig, turn right in the direction of E-Kettwig; drive through Kettwig (in the direction of Düsseldorf) over the Ruhr Bridge. At the end of Kettwig head right towards Düsseldorf; 1.2 km down the road is the entrance to the Hotel.

Each of the 25 Hotel Rooms is differently appointed, some are furnished with valuable antiques and they all boast of a warm atmosphere and an individual style. The six newly designed Rooms in the wing, also have air-conditioning. The luxurious Bathrooms, most of them with daylight, satisfy the highest quality standards. Character and charm, the two of the special features of all Relais & Chateaux Hotels, can be perceived all over the Castle.

  • The Wedding Room: The bedrooms and living rooms reflect the exclusive character of the castle. The guests are afforded a rare opportunity of a sojourn amid items of furniture from bygone days, some of which date back to the 16th century. The harmonious arrangement of the furnishings is designed to make the guests feel completely at home. Every detail reflects the characteristic charm of the Relais & Châteaux hotels.
  • Double rooms: Conveniently situated between the cities of Düsseldorf and Essen, Schloss Hugenpoet is an ideal point of departure for business travellers or trade fair visitors . The castle is perfect for short-term holidaymakers wishing to move against the traffic flow.
  • Junior Suite: While recreating the atmosphere of previous centuries, Schloss Hugenpoet caters in a variety of different ways for contemporary needs. The rooms have been equipped with all modern conveniences, loving attention has been paid to the details of the furnishings and no effort has been spared to ensure that the guests feel utterly relaxed and completely at home.
  • Tower Suite: Like all the other rooms, the Tower Suite has deluxe furnishings and fittings. The bathrooms illustrate the importance attached to modern quality design.

Guests who have time for enjoyment and leisure will have a difficult choice. The sumptuous castle park with its marvelous old trees is a delightful site for a stroll. Tennis players appreciate the clay tennis court which is hidden away in the park. Six different golf courses are situated within a radius of 20 km around the castle. The museums in Dusseldorf and Essen can offer the best in terms of art and culture. The guests of Schloss Hugenpoet can go to the musicals in Duisburg, Bochum, Dusseldorf and Essen which are not far away.


Restaurants Meeting Rooms Bar Castle Tennis Court Golf


Bathroom with Shower or Bathtub Air-conditioning


Microphones Flip Chart Slide Projector

The Restaurant "Nesselrode" The Restaurant serves exquisite, French-style food of the highest standards accompanied by wines of 300 different origins, including exceptional German white wines. The same culinary excellence lends a special quality to banquets in the salons and banqueting halls. >From 6 pm every evening (except Tuesdays) you have the choice of the entire menu. After 10.30 pm you are offered a special, but smaller, selection of dishes. A banquet at Schloss Hugenpoet is always a combined work of art designed to delight the senses. It begins with the careful decoration of the tables in the elegant rooms.

The Terrace You will need to explore the estate at leisure to appreciate its atmosphere and unique character to the full. At some stage you will arrive at the spacious Terrace where you can have a refreshing drink and enjoy the view of the castle grounds with the splendid old trees.

The "Hugenpöttchen" Restaurant The former coach-house of Schloss Hugenpoet has been tastefully and sensitively transformed into a real country inn. Since 1 October, it is open daily from 12 noon. On the menu, you’ll find a choice of regional specialities, including seasonal Hugenpoet classics. There’s something for every palate and appetite, from snacks to more substantial fare.  Freshly brewed draught beers are not just available at the bar but also served at table. With seating for up to 52 guests, grouped at tables of varying size, the Hugenpoet country inn brings all the charm, tradition and atmosphere of the old coach-house into this century - for today’s revellers to enjoy. At weekends, throughout the evening, there’s live music.

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