Eltz Castle is perhaps, together with Neuschwanstein Castle , the best known to see in Germany and one of the most beautiful castles in the world . Undoubtedly the dream of many travelers, very fashionable in recent years thanks mainly to Instagram. In this article you will find a complete guide to visit Eltz Castle , whose name comes from the Elzbach river that surrounds it. A dream place that I am sure you will fall in love with and you will not forget.

How to get to Eltz Castle

Eltz Castle is located very close to the small town of Wierschem, on the hills above the Moselle River, between Koblenz and Trier, 28 km from Cochem , the most touristic town in the valley and one of the most beautiful towns in Germany . about 40 km from Marksburg Castle and about 25 km from Bürresheim, a castle that together with Eltz and Lissingen, were the only ones never destroyed on the left bank of the Rhine.

Arrive by car

Nowadays, with Google Maps it is a real nonsense to give you directions to Eltz Castle from Wierschem, Moselkern, Münstermaifeld, Cochem or Koblenz, some of the closest towns. What I can tell you is that the road is paved up to the Eltz parking lot, so you won’t have any problem getting there.

Go to Burg Eltz by train

The best way to get to Eltz Castle is by car . I don’t recommend public transport, but if you have no choice, you should take the train to Moselkern station (one stop on the regional Bahn (RB) trains from Koblenz to Cochem and Trier) and once there take a taxi, walk about an hour to an hour and a half (5 kilometers on an easy unpaved road, marked “Burg Eltz” from the station and the jetty in Moselkern) or take a bus to the castle. The train journey to Moselker takes 30 minutes from Koblenz, 20 minutes from Cochem and 90 minutes from Trier. If you are in Frankfurt , Mainz, Bonn or Cologne you should take the train to Koblenz and from there to Moselker.

 Getting to Burg Eltz by bus

The 365 bus stops at the Eltz Castle car park. This bus runs every half hour every day from April 1 to November 1, stopping at Hatzenport Bahnhof and Münstermaifeld stations. If your intention is to go by train to near the Eltz Castle and then take the bus, the Hatzenport station may be the best option.

Parking at Castle Eltz

Parking at Castle Eltz will not be a problem . Upon arrival you can park in a first parking lot, where the path to the castle begins, or at the end, in the second parking lot, where the road is located where a small bus that leads to Eltz runs. The price of parking is €4 (orientative cost).

Access to the castle

To access Burg Eltz there are two ways, one is taking a small bus that leaves from parking lot 2 to the castle and the other is walking . If you decide to walk, you can take a very nice 1,200-meter path that starts from parking lot 1. The walk is very pleasant and it won’t take more than 20 minutes with the sound of the water from the Elzbach river in the background. The only problem is that you won’t see the castle until you arrive. Another way to walk down is through the road where the bus runs. It is only 800 meters and along the way you will be able to see Eltz Castle in the distance. You can go down the road and back down the road or vice versa. I only recommend the bus if you have mobility problems. By the way, this transport costs about €2 each way.

When to visit Eltz Castle?

The Eltz Castle will open at 9:30 from April 1 to November 1 , so I recommend you arrive around 8 or 8:30 if you want to take pictures in peace and not meet the crowd of tourists. In addition, it is likely that if you arrive at that time you will not pay for parking since the person in charge of it will not have arrived. Another recommendation to visit Eltz Castle is to avoid weekends and holidays as much as possible, as well as the summer months, which is when it receives the most influx of people. One last piece of advice is that, if you travel to the area at Christmas, which is very common because at this time the towns are beautiful, go to Burg Eltz even if it’s just to see it from the outside. You won’t find hardly any tourists!

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History of Eltz Castle

The Eltz CastleIt was built in 1157 by Rudolf of Eltz to secure the trade routes between the Mosel, Maifeld and Eifel and has belonged to the same family throughout its history. In 1268 Rodolfo’s great-grandsons, Elías, Guillermo and Teodorico de Eltz, shared the castle on the basis of a ganerbschaft that regulated the coexistence of the community of heirs and established that their descendants would jointly inherit the fortress and live in it. In this way, 3 houses were created as a result of the House of Eltz, that of the “Golden Lion” (future counts of Eltz-Kempenich), that of the “Silver Lion” (current barons of Eltz-Rübenach) and that of ” Buffalo horns’ (barons of Eltz-Rodendorf until the extinction of the branch in 1786). Each of these families, Kempenich, Rübenach and Rodendorf, inhabited a part of the castle, taking care of it and protecting it, to such an extent that, despite the numerous wars that hit the area, it remained intact over time, maintaining its original structure and furniture. In 1786 the Eltz-Rodendorf branch died out for lack of descendants and the Count of Eltz-Kempenich took over the rights to the castle. Finally, after many years, in 1815, the Count of Eltz-Kempenich bought the house of the same name from the Baron of Eltz-Rübenach and thus became the sole owner of the entire castle. The Kempenich family carried out the pertinent restorations to keep the castle in a perfect state of conservation and the areas of the houses of the Rübenach and Rodendorf families were opened to tourism.

History of Eltz Castle

Exterior of Eltz Castle

Located on a rock 70 meters above the Elzbach River and surrounded by 300 hectares of forest declared a nature reserve, this fairytale castle, connected to the land by a beautiful bridge, has German military architecture from the 9th and 10th centuries, with massive stone walls. It has eight towers up to 35 meters high, highlighting the Patteltz Romanesque tower, different viewpoints, slate roofs, half-timbered structures and turrets, which make it a medieval castle from a movie. A fortress with a strategic location and a construction that made it remain undefeated until its surrender in 1336 after the siege of Elector Balduin de Trier. Eltz is a well-known image today but one that has been very familiar to a large part of the public for years, even appearing between the years 1961 and 1995 on the 500-mark bills. In addition, it welcomed within its walls such important figures as the painter William Turner and the French author Victor Hugo, who made the Burj Etlz known to the whole of Europe.

 Interior of the Castle of Eltz

Inside the castle there are around 100 halls, halls and rooms with more than 850 years of history and original furniture of the time, among which the High Hall of Rübenach, the Armory, the lower hall of Rübenach, the Wambolt room. , the Knight’s Room, the Countess’s room, the Flag room or the Rodendorf kitchen. In addition, Eltz Castle has numerous works of art and a treasury with many objects made of gold and silver, porcelain, glass, jewellery, masks and weapons, collected over nine centuries.

Interior of the Castle of Eltz
Interior of the Castle of Eltz

Opening hours and price Burg Eltz

Time

Eltz Castle is open from April 1 to November 1 from 9:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. (last entry). Guided tours of the castle are led by German-speaking guides, but translated brochures are offered in different languages. They start at 09:30 in the upper patio and last around 35-40 minutes. The last guided tour takes place at 17:30. Access to the Treasure Room is possible from 9:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m., upon presentation of the entrance ticket.

Price

Adult €12 Students €7 Family (2 adults and 2 children) €32

The entrance gives access to the central patio, to the Treasure Room and to the guided tour of the castle.

More information in the official web.

Opening hours and price Burg Eltz

Where to stay?

My recommendation is that, whether or not you plan to take a route through the Moselle Valley, you stay in Cochem, one of its most beautiful towns. From here to Eltz Castle it will only take about 30 minutes. Other accommodation options much closer are Münstermaifeld, Wierschem or Moselkern, towns from where you can walk to Eltz Castle or Koblenz, a 35-minute drive away.  

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