Eltz Castle in Germany, 850 years old
Eltz Castle in Germany, 850 years old

This castle still belongs to the Eltz family for 34 generations
1 Mar 2022
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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.

Eltz Castle in Wierschem, secluded surrounded by quiet forest
Eltz Castle in Wierschem, secluded surrounded by quiet forest

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.

Architecture and walls inside Eltz Castle
Architecture and walls inside Eltz Castle

Location

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.

Tourists and hikers visit Eltz Castle
Tourists and hikers visit Eltz Castle

Castle Interior

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’s Armory
Eltz Castle’s Armory
Eltz Castle’s Treasury
Eltz Castle’s Treasury
Eltz Castle’s bedroom
Eltz Castle’s bedroom

Eltz Castle In Popular Culture

From 1965 to 1992, Eltz Castle engravings were used on the German 500 Deutsche Mark banknote.

Eltz Castle on the back of the 500 Deutsche Mark (1965–1990s) banknote / Wikipedia
Eltz Castle on the back of the 500 Deutsche Mark (1965–1990s) banknote / Wikipedia

Where to stay?

Reference: Great Big Story

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