Eltz Castle in Wierschem, Germany, is a spectacular traditional structure nestled within a valley, surrounded by serene forest. The Eltz family have owned this enchantingly beautiful building since 1157. Eltz Castle has 120 rooms.
While there are many castles in Germany, there is none quite like Eltz Castle. It has been privately owned by the Eltz family since 1157. Eltz Castle was originally built in the 11th century. However, additions and restorations have continued over the years.
Throughout Europe's turbulent history, this enchanting Eltz Castle has also never been attacked or destroyed.
The castle is surrounded on three sides by the Elzbach river. Unlike most castles, Eltz Castle is not easy to spot. This was because Eltz Castle was located off the main road, high on a rock in a low valley and surrounded by lush forest. Many visitors are drawn to the hiking trails around the castle grounds.
Thirty-four generations of the Eltz family have lived among the castle's 120 rooms. And from today, no one in the family lives there full time.
Eltz Castle is open to the public. Every year more than 300,000 visitors come to see and explore the castle and its armory, treasury and original furnishings dating back more than eight centuries.
Eltz Castle In Popular Culture
From 1965 to 1992, Eltz Castle engravings were used on the German 500 Deutsche Mark banknote.