FROM MONASTERY AND MILITARY HOSPITAL TO GRAND HOTEL KAREL V
THE GERMAN HOUSE
RENOVATION NATIONAL MONUMENT
In 1992, a renovation was started of the complex that since then has been declared as a national monument. Remains were found of a mantelpiece with the coat of arms of Karel V: the two-headed eagle carved out of sandstone. This can now be admired in the Restaurant Karel 5.
The restoration team has tried as much as possible to preserve the authentic functions of the spaces. The halls of the former military hospital have been converted into hotel rooms and suites in classicist style (Napoleonic wing). In 2008 the garden wing was restored and renamed Roman wing. Archaeologists came across the remnants of a Roman burial ground from the period 40 BC. – 275 AD. It is possible that the builders of the Castellum Trajectum are buried here, the fort that lies under Domplein! The Roman wing now houses 49 modern hotel rooms and suites and a luxurious wellness and fitness centre. Throughout the hotel, traces of the past can be found in archaeological findings, exhibitions, archival photographs and historical drawings.