Electoral Castle

Eltville, Germany

The Electoral Castle is Eltville's landmark and was built in 1330 by Balduin von Trier on the ruins of a castle destroyed during the Tariff Wars ('Zollkriege'). Construction was completed in 1350 by Heinrich von Virneburg. During the 14th and 15th centuries, the castle was the residence of the archbishops and electors of Mainz. In 1635, the entire property, except for the living tower (“Wohnturm”), was destroyed by Swedish troops. Only the east wing was rebuilt in modified form in 1682/83.

The Gutenberg exhibition in the tower pays tribute to the famous inventor of letterpress printing, who was officially honored here in 1465, the only time during his life. Today it invites visitors to wander through the courtyard, castle moat, and beautiful rose garden.

Many festivals und cultural events take place here throughout the year. The castle can be rented as a unique location for your private events such as weddings and family celebrations as well as for business meetings and seminars etc.

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Founded: 1330
Category: Castles and fortifications in Germany
Historical period: Habsburg Dynasty (Germany)

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www.eltville.de

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4.6/5 (based on Google user reviews)

User Reviews

Ross Carter (2 years ago)
Not the best castle I have seen but its ok
D'Arcy Nichol (2 years ago)
This place is gorgeous and beautifully preserved. Not much English support, but well worth the modest fee to tour the tower.
Jennifer Kling (2 years ago)
This place has always been the middle of attention in Eltville. Beautiful flower gardens. However, it is located central on the Rhein River, where yesterday evening we c we located the champagne festival.
S P (Leoman) (2 years ago)
Rose flower garden worth visiting
S P (2 years ago)
Rose flower garden worth visiting
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