As you approach the parking area, you will be stopped by a parking attendant. The fee for parking is €2 for the day per car.
Once you have parked, begin walking towards the opposite end of the lot from where you drove in. You will come to a small chapel. It is at this point that you have a decision – do you walk down the steep road or do you take a shuttle? Personally, I like to walk down the road and take the shuttle on the return trip.
By walking you have the ability to stop and get some really nice photos. Be warned, however, that the road is steep so it is probably not a good idea if you have bad knees. You should also have sturdy footwear. As you near the final bend in the road, there is a nice overlook that looks down on Burg Eltz (that was one of my surprises about the castle – it sits at the bottom of a valley rather than on top of a hill). Additionally, along the rock walls of the road on the approach to the castle, one can see the remains of reliefs depicting the Stations of the Cross.
For your return trip to the parking lot, you can walk up the road or take the shuttle. Both times we were there the shuttle was a small van that only held eight passengers. Therefore, if it is crowded, you may find you have to wait a little bit for space to open up. The cost of the shuttle is €1,50 per person payable in cash to the driver as you enter the van.
We traveled by car on both visits to Burg Eltz. It is not difficult to find, especially if you have a GPS. However, even without a GPS one should have no problem finding it due to the excellent signage from the village of Münstermaifeld.
Located not far from Koblenz or Mayen, drivers can take a number of possible roads towards Münstermaifeld with a drive between 30-45 minutes. Additionally, the town is not far from the Mosel River, making it a perfect stop if you are touring along the river.
Burg Eltz is not located in a town but rather at the end of the road. From Münstermaifeld, take K37 towards Wierschem and then K38, although you will see brown signs for Burg Eltz from the town. Follow this two lane road until you reach the castle parking lot.
if you do not have a car to drive to Burg Eltz, like me. You can take train to 'Moselkern' stop. it is a small and old train station, turn right outside of the train station, walk on the sidewalk to cross the town for about 20 min., then continue walk on a trial for about half hour. There are signs on the way to guide you to the burg. It is a long walk, but it is worth it.
The walk from the parking area all the way is quiet steep down and hence very steep when returning. But for those who are not that well on foot a shuttle drives one down and back up again. The cost for this service is around EUR 1.50.
The mini bus leaves from the chapel at the top right to the gate outside the castle.
From the St. Antonius Chapel parking area you can either walk down to Burg Eltz 800m away or take the minibus. The bus comes about every 15 minutes on the raod near the end of the parking area and lets you out at the "moat area" ouside the castle. I have been told that the walk takes 15 minutes down and is not too strenuous and allows for views of the castle that you of course miss on a bus. The fee is 1.5 euro per person paid to the driver each way on the spot. The minivan holds 8 riders and you line up.( I wonder what happens if a tour bus with 40 people arrives?)