Eltz castle (Burg Eltz in German) is an authentic medieval castle that survived the centuries. Its unique setting on an oval rock in the Elzbach valley, surrounded by woodlands and the little stream (on three sides), gives the castle a fairytale and magic appearance.
Due to its location, the castle could not be expanded horizontally. The rock builds the foundation, that's why it grew only in height. Over the centuries, the Burg as we can see it today, developed. Several towers, turrets, spires and bay windows were added by the family members and make up the unique picture of Eltz castle.
Unlike many castles in Germany, Burg Eltz has never been destroyed, although it was built on a then important trade route. Visitors can still admire 850 years of medieval history. The castle has been owned by the same family ever since the name "Eltz" was first mentioned in 1157.
It is considered a real German treasure, that's why it was featured on a 500-DM note from 1961 to 1995.
Let me introduce you to one of my favourite castles in Germany. Indeed, it was one of the first I ever visited with my husband more than 40 years ago. And of course, we came back!
Find all the information you need to plan and enjoy your visit at this stunning example of a German medieval castle.
I am always fascinated by the history of old castles, that's why I want to give you at least a quick overview.
Because of its seclude location, most possibilites to reach the castle involve some hiking, especially when you use public transport. Most visitors enjoy the hikes through the forests as a special experience.
This is the easiest way to reach the castle.
Now, did I made your mouth water to visit this unique castle, but you don't stay in the region at all? You can join a guided tour from Frankfurt to see Burg Eltz.
The tour runs daily, from 1st April to 1st November. After you spend some time at the castle, you will have a dinner somewhere on the banks of the Rhine river on you way back to Frankfurt.
Click here for more details & to book the tour.
Want to know where to stay when you visit the castle? Here are a few suggestions for Hotels around Burg Eltz
Enjoy your stay at one of the best castles in Germany!