Train and walk
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.
Shuttle to the Castle
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.
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From the car park to the Castle
There are two ways to get to the castle from the car park. There is a well marked trail to get there on foot, 1.3 km and mostly downhill from the car park to the castle. If we had known that we probably would have skipped the shuttle bus but it was sitting there waiting when we parked and we had no idea how long the walk was to the castle. It was 2€ per person per trip and took less than 5 minutes to get to the castle.
If you are walking there or back or both, look for the footpath, I saw a bunch of people hiking on the road the shuttle bus uses and that could be dangerous although the website says it is shorter it's also hillier. The path back to the car park was well marked and oddly more uphill going back to the car park than going to the castle.
Driving to Burg Eltz
I was extremely glad to have GPS for this part of the trip, we turned so many times and saw so few signs marking the castle that I don't know if we would have ever found it. There was a charge for the car park, I think it was 2€, and I don't remember if there was any parking beyond that where you could park for free and just walk a bit more. The only vehicle that gets to drive up to the castle is the shuttle bus and I suppose they also let the employees drive up. And of course, the Eltz family would seem to have that privilege.
Taking the bus to the Burg
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?)
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