Burg Eltz Travel Guide

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Burg Eltz Things to Do

  • Burg Eltz Castle

    Of course the only reason you would be in Burg Eltz would be the castle. Behind Neuschwanstein in Bavaria, this is the most impressive castle that we've seen in Germany and the setting is gorgeous! The castle is owned by the Eltz family and way back in the 1200s the three Eltz brothers had a dispute and the castle was divided among the three of...

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  • English language tour

    The English language tours seemed to be fairly frequent, you had to go to part of the castle and ring a bell to find out when the next one was. Visits to the interior are by guided tour only and is included in the 9€ admission fee, we had to wait for about 1/2 hour for the next one so we visited the Treasury while waiting.No photography inside the...

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  • The Eltz Valley

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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...

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Burg Eltz Restaurants

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    Oberschaenke & Unterschaenke: On the Castle Grounds

    by MikeAtSea Written Jul 6, 2009

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    There are two self service restaurant right on the grounds of the castle. The Oberschaenke that seats 120 poeple and is located around the castle well and inside the old Goldsmith's Lodge. The Unterschaenke seats 100 people around the lime tree and a further 90 people in the romantic portico. The restaurants serve some fast food and drinks - not a culinary delight - just a quick meal whilst exploring the region!

    The Oberschaenke The Unterschaenke The Unterschaenke
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Burg Eltz Transportation

  • 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...

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  • 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...

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  • 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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Burg Eltz Tourist Traps

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    Eglish tours to Burg Eltz can be tricky

    by ilyathemuromets Written Oct 23, 2007

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    English speaking tours are available but they require around ten people, so if you come early you may have a hard time finding a tour. They have a translated brochure, which seems to be very similar to what German tour guide was saying but I'm sure we missed something,
    definitely the charm of a person telling a story. The actual castle is definitely well worth the trip - it is situated in the middle of serene, gorgeous forest - the views both in the castle and out of the window are spectacular.

    Unique Suggestions: Since we came early there were few people and all spoke German. As we were leaving lot more people were coming in so chances of finding English speaking people would be much higher.

    Burg Eltz from up above Exploring Burg Eltz

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    Route to Castle Eltz

    by MikeAtSea Written Jul 6, 2009

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    Favorite thing: To reach Castle Eltz one has a number of options:
    From Frankfurt of Cologne:
    Take the A3 to Dernbacher Dreieck - A 48 direction Trier - exit Polch via Muenstermaifeld - Eltz Castle Car Park
    From Bonn:
    A61 exit Mendig - Direction towards Mayen - Muenstermaifeld - Eltz Castle Car Park
    From Trier:
    A48 exit Kaifenheim - Roes - Burg Pyrmont - Pillig - Muenstermaifeld - Eltz Castle Car Park

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