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Burg Eltz

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Location: Wierschem, Mayen-Koblenz, Rhineland-Palatinate, Germany

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  • The way is known to be the goal, but the way to this goal is really great! The castle is from the 12th century and was even the castle on the 500 DM note. One of the few castles that has never been conquered and not destroyed in war.

    The hike to the castle is moderately difficult. Good physical condition required! The orange sign is wonderfully marked at every corner, so that you can't actually get lost!

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    • May 2, 2017

  • An absolute highlight in Rhineland-Palatinate.
    You should have been there.
    If you want to visit the castle, you should note that there is a lot going on on public holidays and weekends.

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    • December 25, 2017

  • The walls of Eltz Castle tower up hidden in the green of the Elzbach Valley. The German model castle, which was never destroyed and adorned the 500-mark note for many years, corresponds to the romantic idea of a medieval castle, but is not necessarily typical in its architectural history.

    Eltz Castle was divided among three descendants in 1268 - in order to avoid an inheritance dispute - and from now on it was continued as a Ganerbeburg as a community heir. Over the centuries, each line expanded its own property in the narrow castle area. This led to the dense development with a large number of turrets, bay windows and other elements.

    What is unusual about the history of Eltz Castle is that it survived the Reunions Wars of Louis XIV without damage. This is thanks to the skill of a man from the branching clan of those von Eltz, who served as an officer in the French army. (So nationality wasn't that important back then.)

    He was able to achieve that his ancestral seat was exempted from the destruction order of the »Sun King«, to which almost all fortifications in our region otherwise fell victim.

    A visit to Eltz Castle is worthwhile not only because of the wonderful location and perfect preservation, but also because of the qualified guided tours. The castle can be reached on foot from Moselkern or from the parking lot above Müden, or by car via Münstermaifeld and Wierschem.

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    • June 16, 2017

  • Simply a beautiful knight's castle full of grandeur and pride! In addition beautifully landscaped!

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    • November 1, 2019

  • Very nice castle complex.
    Guided tours are offered within the castle.
    Absolutely worth seeing!

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    • September 17, 2019

  • What makes Eltz Castle so unique:
    Eltz Castle is different. It survived all wars unscathed. Since it was built to this day, it has been owned and looked after by a single family. It has incomparable architecture and original furnishings from eight centuries. It offers an armory and treasury with world-class gold and silver work. It stands on a rock and still lies in the valley. It is embedded in the Eltz Forest, a nature reserve of great scenic beauty and full of rare plants and animals. It is also located in the middle of an attractive hiking area, with the award-winning dream path "Eltzer Burgpanorama" and with other beautiful paths for every requirement.

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    • September 18, 2020

  • Great castle! The only castle on the Moselle that was not destroyed in the war. Incidentally, also the castle, on the 500 euro note at the time!
    The way there was fantastic!

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    • May 2, 2017

  • Nice view from above the castle. When you come down from the parking lot, this is where the first wonderful view of the castle is presented.

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    • June 24, 2021

  • When you come out of the forest and suddenly this magnificent castle is in front of you: just great !!!!

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    • July 13, 2021

  • This is a dream probably the most beautiful castle in Germany with great surroundings and very nice hiking trails

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    • May 10, 2017

  • History of Eltz Castle
    The name Eltz was mentioned for the first time in 1157. In a deed of donation from Emperor Frederick I Barbarossa, a Rudolfus von Eltz, (Rudolfus de Elze), an imperial minister, was listed as a witness. This Rudolf lived on the Elz in a first, still small castle, which secured the path that was a connection between Eifel / Maifeld and Moselle. Burg Eltz has a building history of more than 500 years. It started in the 12th century with the Romanesque castle house Platt - Eltz. The massive fortifications on the west side also date from the early days of the castle (13th and 14th centuries).
    Before 1268 the family of Eltz, now free Imperial Knights, divided into three lines. In the line with the golden lion, Eltz Kempenich, the one with the silver lion, Eltz Rübenach and the one with the buffalo horns, Eltz Rodendorf. These three families formed an inheritance and residential community at the castle, the so-called Ganerbengemeinschaft.

    Through clever politics and clever diplomacy by the Lords of Eltz, the castle was spared destruction in the great wars of the 17th century and is therefore one of the few castles in Europe that have never been destroyed
    Burg Eltz has been in the possession of the same name for 34 generations. The current head of the family is Dr. Karl Graf von und zu Eltz Kempenich.

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    • September 17, 2019

  • A very great castle, and one of the most beautiful. Absolutely recommended. Also the management style very nice. Castle is private! There lives a family.

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    • May 6, 2016

  • Burg Eltz, the castle romance par excellence ;-)

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    • April 16, 2018

  • Part of the castle can be visited in the summer months. Tours are offered daily between April 1st and November 1st.

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    • March 3, 2020

  • Castle Eltz one of the most beautiful castles in Germany with refreshments and sightseeing tours

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    • May 12, 2017

  • Three families, a castle. So one lived peacefully side by side ... If someone did not understand the written ... then nothing like the castle Eltz!

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    • May 29, 2017

  • Beautiful castle. Over the winter too. But still worth it

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    • April 1, 2018

  • Truly one of the most beautiful castles in Germany. Entrance fee €12, masks are compulsory inside the castle (as of August 2nd, 2022).

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    • August 2, 2022

  • Not on holidays, because completely overcrowded

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    • January 7, 2018

  • One of the most beautiful castles in Germany. Was previously shown on the 500 DM note.
    While you're there, you should definitely take the castle tour, where you'll learn a lot about the castle and life in earlier times.

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    • November 3, 2018

  • Has over winter, who does not know yet :-)

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    • November 16, 2015

  • The location of the castle is simply breathtakingly beautiful - and within easy walking distance.

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    • February 10, 2017

  • Great castle, delicious food, beautiful nature and very nice staff

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    • August 2, 2017

  • A great castle with beautiful Wanderwergen who always offer a wonderful view of the castle!

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    • August 28, 2017

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Location: Wierschem, Mayen-Koblenz, Rhineland-Palatinate, Germany


  • Elevation600 ft


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