Burg Eltz

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  • Christoph Unger

    Hidden in the green of the Elzbachtal, the walls of Burg Eltz tower. The German model castle, which was never destroyed and graced the 500-Mark-Schein for many years, corresponds to the romantic idea of ​​a medieval castle, but is not necessarily typical in its architectural history.

    Castle Eltz was divided in 1268 - to avoid an inheritance dispute - under three descendants and continued from now on as Ganerbenburg as a community heritage. Each line built over the centuries in the narrow castle area their own property. So it came to the dense buildings with a variety of turrets, bay windows and other elements.

    Another unusual feature of the history of the castle Eltz is that it survived the Reunionskriege of Louis XIV harmless. This is due to the skill of a man of the branched clan of Eltz, who served as an officer in the French army. (At that time, nationality was not that important.)

    He was able to get his headquarters removed from the destruction order of the "Sun King", who otherwise fell victim to almost all fortifications in our region.

    The visit of Burg Eltz is worthwhile not only because of the fantastic location and perfect condition, but also because of the qualified guides. The castle can be reached on foot from Moselkern or from the parking area above Müden, or by car via Münstermaifeld and Wierschem.

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    • June 16, 2017

  • Alex

    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

  • Denise Pradella

    Beautiful tour to the castle Eltz!
    The path is known to be the destination, but the way to this destination is really great!
    The castle is from the 12th century and was even the castle on the 500 DM bill! One of the few castles that has never been conquered or destroyed in war.

    Medium hike. Good condition required! The orange waymark is wonderfully marked on every corner, so you really can not get lost!

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    • May 2, 2017

  • daha

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

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    • August 28, 2017

  • Daniel - Naturkind 🌄

    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

  • Harald

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

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    • November 16, 2015

  • Vol

    A guided tour is worthwhile. Also, visiting the treasury.

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    • September 12, 2016

  • Denise Pradella

    Great castle!
    The only castle on the Mosel that was not destroyed in the war. By the way, the castle, on the former 500 Euro note!
    The way there was fantastic!

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    • May 2, 2017

  • Acinos

    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

  • Martina

    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

  • daha

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

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    • August 28, 2017

  • TomCook

    Burg Eltz, the castle romance par excellence ;-)

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    • April 16, 2018

  • Stephan N

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

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    • September 17, 2019

  • Michael Gehlen 🚴‍♂️

    Very nice castle. 👍🏻
    eifel.info/a-burg-eltz-1

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    • October 13, 2019

  • Gattinara

    Unfortunately closed at the end of November.

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    • November 20, 2016

  • HansJoergOtt

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

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    • February 10, 2017

  • Alex

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

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    • May 12, 2017

  • HansJoergOtt

    A beautiful hiking trail leads to a castle situated in the valley. If the way back is too exhausting, you can take a shuttle bus back to the car park.

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    • July 1, 2017

  • Mike 🇪🇺

    An absolute highlight in Rhineland-Palatinate.
    Should you have been.

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    • December 25, 2017

  • Jo Wa

    Not on holidays, because completely overcrowded

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    • January 7, 2018

  • Ela Ado

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

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    • April 1, 2018

  • Stephan N

    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.
    Source:
    eifel.info/a-burg-eltz-1

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    • September 17, 2019

  • Maik71

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

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    • August 2, 2017

  • Thomas

    Nice view of the valley and the castle Elz.

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    • February 13, 2015


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    10.4 mi
    2.3 mph
    925 ft
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    2.1 mph
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Location: Wierschem, Mayen-Koblenz, Rhineland-Palatinate, Germany

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