Rick Steves calls this the ‘most beautiful castle in Europe‘. It is certainly one of the neatest and most well-preserved castles we’ve ever visited.
Burg Eltz Castle, in Moselkern, near the Rhineland in central Germany, 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.
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.
[travellingmom tip: There is a free shuttle bus that transports you to and from the castle, which is found in a river valley. If necessary, use it to return from visiting the castle – the walk down towards Burg Eltz from the parking lot is beautiful and the view of the castle from above stunning. It’s worth the walk!]
Photo credits: S. Laroye
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