Along the Mosel river, in Germany, there are many beautiful castles, and one of those is Burg Eltz. It feels like a Harry Potter mixed with Game Of Thrones movie scene! Therefore, Burg Eltz makes the perfect day-trip to Germany.
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1. Why should I go to Burg Eltz
Burg Eltz is over 850 years old, and with age comes wisdom and many tails. But there is something better: The architecture. There are 8 towers of over 35 meters in height, with many pointy roofs and bay windows. Moreover, don’t forget the white and red details that complete the entire castle.
Another thing that makes this castle worth your while is the location. Burg Eltz is located on a 70 m high rock in the center of a valley along the Mosel river. As a result, the castle is surrounded by a wonderful green environment.
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2. How to get to Burg Eltz
On Google Maps, you can type in “Burg Eltz,” and this gives you a perfect route to get there. I advise you to go by car, as you can also enjoy other villages in the area.
When you arrive at Burg Eltz, there is a parking area. Here you can park your car for the entire day for only 2 euros. In addition, there is a bus that drives you down into the valley. This bus costs 2 euros per person per trip.
Besides the bus, you can also walk down from the parking area to the castle. This walk over the road takes a little less than 10 minutes. During this walk, you come across a viewpoint where you can see the castle lying in the valley. This view is awe-inspiring!
You can also take the walking route through the forest, exploring more of the surrounding of Burg Eltz.
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3. What can I expect
Firstly, you arrive at the bridge in front of Burg Eltz. Here you can already see how big this castle really is. Then, walk over the bridge, through the gate, and you’ll arrive at a square in front of the castle. This is the place to buy your entrance tickets.
For an adult, the ticket costs 10 euros. A guided tour and the museum are both included in this ticket, and there are 2 super cute restaurants you can visit as well. However, if you are a student, don’t forget your student card, as you get a 3,50 euro discount on your entrance ticket.
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After you’ve bought your tickets, you can go up to the castle. Walk past the first restaurant and climb a set of stairs. You will arrive in a hall, from which you can enter the museum and the central square.
The central square gives you a wonderful perspective on the different residences in the castle. When you stand in the middle of this square and look up, you can see the 8 different towers. They are all built in a different style, as this castle took over 500 years to complete. Consequently, this is what makes this square really beautiful, a complementary mix of styles.
I especially love the white and red details and don’t forget the dark, stone walls with rough textures. This combination gives you the feeling you are in a different time.
Museum Inside Burg Eltz
In the museum, you can look around and learn about the different weapons, clothes, porcelain, and jewelry that were used in Burg Eltz over the past centuries.
It is wonderful to see how much effort was put into making more luxurious items. It fascinates me that centuries ago, they could already make such finely detailed pieces.
One really remarkable thing is that this castle has always remained intact due to family politics and diplomacy. That makes this castle even more special since it is still the same as it was many centuries ago.
Bring Burg Eltz Home
Because this is one of the most beautiful castles in Germany, I couldn’t resist making prints! Hang up a poster of Burg Eltz in your bedroom or living room and daydream about this fairytale castle from your own home. Check them out here:
4. Guided tour
You can only see the inside of Burg Eltz with a guide. Every 15 minutes, an English tour starts, and also, every 10 minutes, a German tour starts from the main square. During this 40 minute tour, you’ll be guided through the most impressive rooms of the castle. You’ll learn about the history that took place and see how people lived here in the middle ages. This makes a day trip to Burg Eltz very informative.
The rooms are renovated wonderfully, making them even more impressive. You’ll visit the armory, a dining room, multiple bedrooms, the trophy room, and many more.
During the tour, you have many opportunities to ask questions, and the guides are amiable and well-trained in the English language.
After this tour, I would advise you to enjoy a coffee and some delicious German food in one of the 2 restaurants. They both have a wonderful view and lovely (well-priced) food.
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5. Fun facts
Now you know all about what to expect from Burg Eltz. Therefore, here are some fun facts about the castle, revealing a little more about its history.
- Burg Eltz took almost 5 centuries to complete, from the 8th until the 13th century. The most important time for the construction was between the 11th and 13th century, as it was the Hohenstaufen-dynasty. In this time, Burg Eltz made its debut in the history books.
- Burg Eltz was used as a home for different branches of the Eltz family since the year 1268. Every branch of the family lived in a separate area in the castle, hence the towers.
- The Eltz family was in the 17th century the most influential family in Germany. For example, among many influential members was an Arch Chancellor of the Holy Roman Kingdom of Germination. The Archchancellor was after the emperor, the most powerful person in the kingdom.
- In the 19th century, Duke Karl Zu Eltz organized the restoration of Burg Eltz. Certainly, this restoration project had a budget of 18400 Mark, which is about 15 million euros. As a result of this renovation, the castle in such great shape.
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To sum up, I hope this information helped you plan your trip! Burg Eltz is a wonderful castle to visit!
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