We took advantage of a beautiful autumn day in October for a short trip to Eltz Castle, 150 kilometers from Frankfurt. The famous castle from the 12th century is located on the Moselle River in Rhineland-Palatinate. The castle can be visited from April to the end of October and we were lucky to be able to use the last possible weekend of the year for a visit.
There are several options for arrival and parking (including shuttle directly to the castle). We chose the Muedener Berg hiking parking lot (GPS coordinates: 50.198, 7.341) south of the castle. We walked the way to the castle on secured forest paths on one of the two routes. It took us about 30 minutes to walk the route and the fortress built up majestically in front of us. However, there are still numerous trails around the fortress complex. From 10 minutes to 5 hours, a hike can be designed here.
Insurmountable and completely preserved
The castle offers a well-known photo motif from the outside. Nevertheless, the castle complex should also be visited for 12,- €. Included in the price is a guided tour of the castle and a visit to the treasury. The castle tour is very informative and entertaining. In fact, it was the highlight of the visit for us. The treasury features numerous exhibits from the past centuries. A collection of firearms, results of blacksmith’s art or even objects with the title “ducat shitter”. The visit is completed with a culinary offer and the castle store.
Due to its location, the castle has never been conquered in over 800 years. It is thanks to this circumstance, among others, that the castle has been completely preserved and we can now enjoy it. If someone had the pleasure of holding a 500 DM banknote in his hands, he would have seen the picture of the fortress on the back.
Eltz Castle is definitely worth a visit – not only for photos, but also for a historical and practical background. Or does anyone know how closets were created? Read our whole Germany-article here.