Bettendorf Castle, Fox River Grove, Illinois

Bettendorf Castle is a unique gothic castle set in mature woodland in Fox River Grove, Illinois.  Available for use as a wedding venue, event venue, for tours and photoshoots, the castle is a spectacular monument of one man's dedication to his dream.


From the Bettendorf Castle Website:

“This extraordinary, one-of-a-kind Gothic Castle overlooking the town of Fox River Grove offers spectacular views, dozens of magnificent mature oak trees, unsurpassed landscapes & natural beauty of the land. This fortress includes towers, turrets, a moat, a drawbridge, a dungeon, fountains, and spacious yards that each offer a unique view of the castle.


History of Bettendorf Castle

In 1931, Theodore “Teddy” Bettendorf immigrated to America from Luxembourg. Overlooking the town of Fox River Grove, he began building a castle that took over 36 years of dedication and hard work. As a boy, Teddy learned his masonry skills from watching a historic castle being rebuilt in his hometown of Vianden, Luxembourg. In his building of the castle he collected stones from such places as local farmers fields, stone quarries and the excavation of Lake Julian. In addition to the castle itself, there is a water filled moat, a wishing well, a working drawbridge, outside bathroom and sink, outdoor fireplace, observation tower,  and courtyard. Since its completion the Bettendorf Castle has been used as a honeymoon suite, for filming of commercials, various civic events and as a private residence”.



Contact Bettendorf Castle

Bettendorf Castle Website


The Bettendorf Castle
418 Concord Avenue
Fox River Grove, IL 60021

(847) 639.8280


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