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Burg Eltz

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  • Denise Pradella

    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

  • 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

  • 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

  • Familie Unger

    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

  • Stephan N

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

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    • September 17, 2019

  • daha

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

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    • August 28, 2017

  • 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

  • Denise Pradella

    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

  • Mike 🇪🇺

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

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    • December 25, 2017

  • Vol

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

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    • September 12, 2016

  • Ela Ado

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

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    • April 1, 2018

  • 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

  • Michael Gehlen 🚴‍♂️

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

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    • October 13, 2019

  • 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

  • daha

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

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    • August 28, 2017

  • Jo Wa

    Not on holidays, because completely overcrowded

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    • January 7, 2018

  • Sabine 🦁

    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

  • Harald

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

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    • November 16, 2015

  • 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

  • TomCook

    Burg Eltz, the castle romance par excellence ;-)

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    • April 16, 2018

  • Maik71

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

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    • August 2, 2017

  • joetobn

    One of the most beautiful castles in Germany. Was previously shown on the 500 DM note.
    If you are already there you should definitely take part in the castle tour, in which you can learn a lot about the castle and life in earlier times.

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    • November 3, 2018

  • Sabine 🦁

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

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    • November 1, 2019


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

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