Today I will take you on a leafy journey through the forest and around the bend to Eltz Castle. This road trip is an easy 1.5 hour autobahn drive from where I’m based in Frankfurt am Main.
Well we have to admit, this is now a location we’ve seen three times during three separate seasons. This time we simply had to visit to get those classic autumn snaps. What a delight it was.
I can highly recommend going to Burg Eltz in winter for the eerie and spooky vibe, summer for its lush forestry and summer valley wind and definitely autumn for stunning photos.
Of course every one knows Neuschwanstein (pronounced: Noy-Schvarn-Schtein) which is the classic Disney castle. Yes it’s beautiful and I would thoroughly recommend you go there. But unless you like sharing your precious space with half of Japan/Korea/China/U.S.A/Britain etcetera…. then you’re best off seeing the smaller castles! For that reason, Eltz Castle is a fantastic option.
Eltz Castle (German: Burg Eltz) is a medieval castle nestled in the hills above the Moselle River between Koblenz and Trier, Germany. It is still owned by a branch of the same family (the Eltz family) that lived there in the 12th century, 33 generations ago. Bürresheim Castle, Eltz Castle and Lissingen Castle are the only castles on the left bank of the Rhine in Rhineland-Palatinate which have never been destroyed.
Burg Eltz is certainly a little bit off the beaten track. In fact, the first two times we drove visiting friends there, we got a bit lost! There are two points of access and for the life of me, I couldn’t explain how to get there. My best advice is to print some directions as the navigator in the car made us drive around and around both times. Or just use GoogleMaps as it’s got the most current routes. This third time we only used good old Mr Google and we didn’t get lost.
One access point will be a nice 15 minute walk through the forest and the other side is a little more strenuous and hilly at 30-40 minutes depending on weather.
There is a bus which can take you but why would you? Get some fresh air and enjoy the peace and quiet of this lovely forest.
It’s also worth pointing out that the same family still lives there today, some 33 generations later. It’s crazy to think that the first Eltz family began living there in the 12th century. You can imagine my shock when a member of the family pulled up in their Mercedes, pressed a button from inside the car and drove into the castle grounds.
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