Visit The Beautiful Eltz Castle in Germany

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    Discover Eltz Castle, a Fairytale Castle in Western Germany

    Burg Eltz, or Eltz Castle, is one of the most charming castles in all of Germany. It is located in western Germany, between Koblenz and Trier, and is bordered on three sides by the Moselle River. Visitors are immediately dazzled as they walk through the trees and see the fairytale castle on a pedestal below.

    Castle guests can explore parts of the Eltz family home. This family has resided in the castle since the 12th century for an impressive 33 generations.

    Attractions of Burg Eltz

    Visitors can walk through the small grounds where the castle sits on an oval rock, 70 meters above the river in a valley. The unique shape of the castle follows its unusual base.

    Guided tours offer an overview of life in a castle with details such as medieval plaster, composed of oxblood, animal hair, clay, quicklime, and camphor. The castle has eight floors with eight towers with towers (at heights of 30 and 40 meters) and around 100 rooms.

    The oldest part of the castle, still visible today, is the Romanesque keep, Platt-Eltz, as well as the four floors of the old Romanesque pallas (rooms). The layout was unusual in that almost half of the rooms had a fireplace so everyone could warm up, a luxury at the time. The castle also has the oldest painted fireplace in Germany. The tours end in the kitchen with its medieval refrigerator, a piece of furniture carved out of the cold face of the rock.

    In addition to the authentic medieval décor, Eltz Castle has a museum with an impressive collection of original furniture and artwork. The Hall of Knights has armor dating back to the 16th century, and the original treasure chest is available for viewing only between 9:30 am and 6:00 pm. If you are hungry after a day at the castle, there is a restaurant and souvenir shop in the castle.

    In addition to the castle itself, there are several hiking trails in Eltz Woods. Athletic visitors can even walk to the nearby Burg Pyrmont (2.5-hour walk). Despite its many unique elements, Castle Eltz remains somewhat privileged and is not as crowded as other castles in Germany.

    History of Eltz Castle

    Eltz Castle is a masterpiece frozen in time. It was attacked only once but was never taken away, leaving it intact for today's visitors.

    The castle began as a deed of donation in 1157 by Emperor Frederick I Barbarossa with Rudolf von Eltz as a witness. It was strategically located along the Roman trade route of the Moselle Valley and the Eifel region and was created in cooperation with three local lords from the historic Kempenich, Rubenach, and Rodendorf families. The first part of the construction was the Platteltz keep with the Rübenach section added in 1472. In 1490-1540 the Rodendorf section was added and in 1530 the Kempenich section was built. They are basically three castles in one.

    In 1815, the castle's separate lives were finally united under the House of the Golden Lion (the descendants of Kempenich), who outlived their fellow castle owners.

    Visitor Information

    • Address: Burg Eltz, 56294 Münstermaifeld
    • Transportation: Burg Eltz is generally only accessible by car, motorcycle, or bus. Most of the travelers come from Münstermaifeld and Wierschem. However, a new public transport service, the ÖPNB Burgenbus (line 330), runs four times a day from May to October, only on Saturdays, Sundays and holidays.
    • From the car park you can go up the hill to the castle or take a bus (€ 1.50).
    • Good base cities: Koblenz and Trier
    • Website: http://burg-eltz.de/en/

    Tours of Eltz Castle

    Guided tours in German start every 10-15 minutes and last between 35 and 40 minutes. Tours in English, French, and Dutch are available by appointment (call the castle office). The maximum waiting time is usually 30 minutes. Information sheets in various languages are available for those who wish to go on a tour of Germany.

    Please note that photography of rooms and cameras is verboten (prohibited).

    We hope you enjoy watching this video about the most beautiful fairytale castle in Germany, Eltz Castle

    Source: The Endless Adventure

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