It must be tough being what Rick Steves calls the ‘most beautiful castle in Europe‘. But Rick’s right, Burg Eltz is certainly one of the neatest and most well-preserved castles we’ve ever visited anywhere in Europe.
The castle of Burg Eltz, is located in Moselkern near the Rhineland in central Germany. It was built 850 years ago, and has remained in the same family’s hands for that entire time. Burg Eltz Castle is privately owned but in a special arrangement with the German government, it is open to the public as a national historic site.
Visiting Burg Eltz Castle
There is a free shuttle bus that transports you to and from the castle, which is found in a river valley. If necessary, use the shuttle to return from visiting the castle, as the walk down towards Burg Eltz from the parking lot is beautiful. The views of the castle from above is stunning, and highly Instagram-worthy of course. It’s worth the walk.
Guided tours of the castle are available in several languages, and are the only way to visit the interior rooms of the castle. You can buy your timed-entry tickets upon arrival at the castle, and special tours for children are also available.
We enjoyed an excellent English-language tour on our visit. We began in the weapons room (swords & crossbows through the ages – the biggest hit with our kids), then went on to the kitchens, the negotiation (conference) room, and a lady’s bedroom (including an indoor toilet!). The furnishings are original, and it’s incredible to see the wealth and stature of this family over the centuries.
One of the most popular sections of the Burg Eltz are the treasure rooms, found in the basement of the castle. The collections of porcelain, jewellery, religious artifacts, weaponry, suits of armour, and statuary are amazing and priceless. It wonderful to be able to view so much European history in one place.
Interested in learning more? This post has some great tips on visiting other stunning castles in Europe.
Photo credits: S. Laroye
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