Dinner with a princess in a castle? APT’s exclusive experiences can make dreams reality, says Sara Macefield.
There’s nothing like the promise of royalty to liven up a visit to a historic German castle.
The prospect of meeting a true princess has passengers on my APT river cruise twittering with anticipation as we leave for our exclusive event at Namedy Castle near Andernach – one of three such experiences included on its Magnificent Europe sailings.
On approaching the 14th-century Gothic pile, boasting towers that Rapunzel would have been proud of, we speculate whether Princess Heide von Hohenzollern might be sitting atop in an opulent ballgown, brushing her long locks.
The grand surroundings fuel this fanciful talk as we stroll across the courtyard and into stately Knight’s Hall with its minstrels’ gallery from where stuffed hawks are poised mid-flight, their wings outstretched.
During the champagne reception we spot the princess – poised, glossy and elegant – a modern-day picture of royalty who in perfect English tells us to explore this castle, which is also her home.