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    The Eltz Valley

    by MikeAtSea Written Jul 6, 2009

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    The Castle Eltz is situated in the green hills of the Eifel Region a paradise for hikers and nature lovers. Besides finding historical treasures one can spend days hiking or cycling through many marked hiking and biking trails. The Eifel Society offers a number of suggestions on their web page.

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    Antoniuskapelle

    by MikeAtSea Written Jul 6, 2009

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    This tiny chapel lays en-route right behind the parking area. The Antoniuskapelle is a typical small chapel found in many areas in rural Germany. This is also the starting point for the shuttle service.

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    Take a guided tour

    by MikeAtSea Written Jul 6, 2009

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    Your entrance ticket includes a guided tour through the castle chambers. Tours start on Good Friday in March and end on November 1. Guided tours are generally in German and start every 10 to 15 minutes, conducted by professional guides. At times the castle also offer tours in English, French or Dutch.

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    The Inner Courtyard

    by MikeAtSea Written Jul 6, 2009

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    The 500-year building history harmoniously combines all styles from the Romanesque to the Early Baroque. The castle that is consisting of eight towers with living quarters are grouped around the inner coutryard, up to onne hundred members of the family used to live in almost as many rooms around the courtyard.

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    Statue of Johannes von Nepomuk

    by MikeAtSea Written Jul 6, 2009

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    This saint was known as saint of bridges and stands at the front of the Treasury. It was made by Franz Christoph Maederl in Augsburg in 1752. It is a repousse in silver and cast, fully worked and partly guilded. The statue is 1,10 meters tall and stands on a black painted and richly ornamented wooden base.

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    Treasure Chamber II

    by MikeAtSea Written Jul 6, 2009

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    Some magnificent master pieces are the ivory carvings that are on display in the Treasure Chambers. Two of the pieces that caught my eye are the tiny statue of St. George of Flemish origin created around 1420 where a false Duerer monogram was added around 1600 and and Ivory Cup decorated with gold plated silver from around 1640.

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    Treasure Chamber

    by MikeAtSea Written Jul 6, 2009

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    The extensive collection of art which is on display in the present treasure chamber was opened to the public in 1981. The five rooms on the lowest floors of the Rueberach House, where the collection is exhibited were originally storerooms. During the restauration work from 1975 to 1981, the rooms were preserved and made into a museum. The Late Medieval Rooms which all differ architecturally from one another convey an impression of the organic form of the buidling which was determined by the rock on which the castle was built.

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    This is it

    by hquittner Updated Jun 17, 2006

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    Burg Eltz is a place and not a town. It is one of the few listings that has gotten through theVT watchdogs. Only the kastellanei lives here. Its address is elsewhere (Munstermaifield). It is, however, a major sight along the Mosel, although it is 20 km to the north in the deep forest and hills. The Eltz clans have artfully maintained and improved their patrimonies and fortunes since the 12C to the present day through such trivial events as the Thirty Years War, the castle destroying invasions of Louis XIV and Napoleon plus Hitler and 2 World Wars. A fire in 1920 was overcome and through it all they have been faithful to its original form and have amassed appropriate contents . The fortress is actually a compound of housing units for three family lines living together. There is an admission fee which includes a mandatory guided tour (in German only) with a good English handout to use. No photography or video.That is why there are no VT interior pictures except in the first room (the armory) where picture taking is warned off! (This is not a VT first notice of this).The tour and Treasury consume an hour plus some waiting. Lunch (eg wurst) is availble outside in the grounds.Take some time to wander about the outside as well. There are other buildings, the gate, find a dragon rainspout, study the timber framed oriels and tower tops

    The Gate to the Burg The Interior  Photograph! The Armory Room The Coach House (outer grounds) Her finger warns: NO PHOTOS A Dragon Gargoyle Rainspout
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    Burg Eltz: The Courtyard

    by hquittner Written Jun 17, 2006

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    After you buy your ticket, you ascend a passge into the inner court of the Burg(1) where you await your guide. Note the catapault cannon-like stone seige balls on the right, See the inner aspects of the buildings that form the compound. A Romanesque window has recently been found and installed in one wall. Nearby the oriel of the Chapel is visible(2). On a ledge a gargoyle like rainspout protrudes(3).On the left, the guide will emerge from a door under a portico-entrance to the Kempernich House(1) where there is a modillion(4) and a bossed groin vaulting(5).

    Into the Courtyard, portico(lt), seige stones (rt) Chapel Oriel A Dragon Rainspout (Gargoyle-like) Modillion Bossed groin vault
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