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Burg Eltz, Wierschem

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Owned by the same family who began its construction nearly 850 years ago, Burg Eltz is one of the best-preserved castles in Germany. The ornate, fairy tale-like fortress sits atop a 70 m (230 ft) rock outcropping. It's built of imposing stone walls and topped with colorful, spire-like roofs. You can explore more than 100 different rooms and courtyards, including the family quarters still used today. Climb to the other sections of the structure to see sweeping views of the forested hills and river valleys. Check the website for special events and guided tours. To visit Burg Eltz and other attractions in Wierschem, use our Wierschem trip itinerary maker.
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  • The castle tour was excellent, there was a fairly short wait time for both English or German tours. The guide was very informative and the group was small enough that there was enough room and time to...  more »
  • That's what we did after catching train from Koblenz to Moselkern. You don't see the dreamlike castle until a final turn out of the ancient forest you walk through. Pause, breathe, take photos. Anothe...  more »
  • Spent some time here with our three children (6,3,0). A little walk (approx 1.5km) through a woodland. Tour around the castle which our children actually enjoyed. Food and toilets available.  more »
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  • Beautiful castle and grounds. Try and get there before 10 am if you want to be the crowds - because there will be crowds. Enjoy some classic German food and beer at the cafe with a fantastic view after your tour.
  • Drove to Burg Eltz on a beautiful Saturday in May. We arrived around 10:30 and easily parked for €2. The 10 min walk over offers a great photo op while approaching the castle. (One can take the shuttle for €2/ea person) There's a small cafe and a kiosk with beers and typical German foods, but also things that work for my American pallet. The tour was €10/ea even though the website said 9. I went through the English guided tour. The guide spoke very clearly and answered all the visitors questions effortlessly. We used the shuttle for the ride back up hill to the parking lot (as advised by a tripadvisor user), instead of walking.
  • Fantastic to see this old castle. It's very well maintained and preserved. Well done! Tip: bring cash. In the restaurant you can only pay cash. Tip 2: walk up to the viewing point for an amazing view of Burg Eltz.
  • This castle is a WELL preserved one. The restorations made it more stable yet still true to its original structure. You can only go in group tours which is timed. Its with a guide for your language preference. Its a huge castle but only a small portion is open for tourists. Still, what they show is very nice!
  • Take your student ID! This was the first student discount I saw at a German castle that was actually a decent discount. Ask for the specific tour time or you're liable to begin with a group speaking the wrong language. They mean it when they say not to touch ANYTHING on the tour. However I just took my 62 year old in-laws through and was pleased to see rest chairs in most rooms. No photography inside though. There is a place to buy food but also plenty of space to eat a sack lunch. Best way to park close and enjoy a leisurely walk from car to castle is to follow Rick Steve's "Europe Through the Backdoor" instructions rather than city signs or GPS directions - both of which will significantly increase your walking time.