Eltz Castle (Burg Eltz) is surrounded on three sides by the Elzbach River, a tributary on the north side of the Moselle. It is situated on a 70m rock spur, on an important Roman trade route between rich farmlands and their markets. It is still owned by a branch of the same family that lived there in the 12th century, 33 generations ago. The Rübenach and Rodendorf families' homes in the castle are open to the public, while the Kempenich branch of the family uses the other third of the castle. The Palace of Bürresheim (Schloss Bürresheim), the Castle of Eltz and the Castle of Lissingen are the only castles on the left bank of the Rhine in Rhineland-Palatinate which have never been destroyed.

The main part of the castle consists of the family portions. At up to eight stories, these eight towers reach heights of between 30 and 40 meters. They are fortified with strong exterior walls; to the yard they present a partial framework. About 100 members of the owners' families lived in the over 100 rooms of the castle. Platteltz, a Romanesque keep, is the oldest part of the castle. In 1472 the Rübenach house, built in the Late Gothic style, was completed. Remarkable are the Rübenach Lower Hall, a living room, and the Rübenach bedchamber with its opulently decorated walls. Between 1490 and 1540, the Rodendorf house was constructed, also in Late Gothic style. It contains the vaulted 'banner-room'.

The Kempenich houses were finished about 1530. Every room of this part of the castle could be heated; in contrast, other castles might only have one or two heated rooms. From 1965 to 1992, an engraving of Eltz Castle was used on the German 500 Deutsche Mark note.

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Founded: 12th century
Category: Castles and fortifications in Germany
Historical period: Hohenstaufen Dynasty (Germany)

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David Billany (17 months ago)
Amazing little hidden Gem to visit. Secluded by an amazing forest. Lovely scenery. Worth the visit. Sadly couldn't go inside as it is out of season but I heard lovely stories about it.
E P (18 months ago)
Beautiful castle to visit! If you have children or elderly people with you, you can pay for a shuttle to the castle, or you can walk along a beautiful forest path to get there. The view of the castle was wonderful. We went on a very informative English tour, and enjoyed the lunch we bought at the little cafe there. The prices were great, and they have student and child discounts for tickets. Overall, it was a wonderful castle to visit.
Marcelo Ferreto Bispo (18 months ago)
Beautiful castle, very nice surroundings. The path from the parking lot to the castle takes about 15 minutes walking, and the scenario is gorgeous, I was there during fall, the leaves colors where amazing. Castle is not open for visitation between a couple of months after summer, remember to check the schedule. Even closed, if you’re not far, a visit to the outside is worth.
Patrick Murphy (2 years ago)
Fantastic castle tour. From America where our history is pretty brief. This place was incredible. We walked the 20 minutes in, so wonderful through the forest. Such a magnificent museum. A REAL castle still owned by family. So so worth your time. Loved it!
Oleksii Yurchyna (2 years ago)
One of the most beautiful castles! Truly like in fairytale :) it has parking for 2-4€. There is a footpath to the castle via forest 1.2 km (recommend it, turn right before parking) around or direct way with ups and downs 0.8 km. Also there is shuttle bus working from April to October (more details on web site)
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