Burg Eltz (Eltz Castle in English) is a medieval castle in Germany, located in the hills above the Moselle River between Koblenz and Trier. It’s one of the most beautiful castles in all of Europe, and it has been owned by the same family for 33 generations.
I have been there, and here’s a full guide on how to get there + more information about entrance fee, parking, guided tours, opening hours etc.
You can also read some more about the Eltz Family as well as see photos from the Eltz Castle.
How to get to the Eltz Castle
It’s pretty straightforward to get here if you have a car and use Google Maps. However, there are also other ways of transportations to get to the Eltz Castle.
Distance to Burg Eltz by car from popular cities nearby:
- Trier – 65.2 miles / 105 km – 1 hour 17 minutes via A48 and A1.
- Cologne: 86.3 miles / 139 km – 1 hour 31 minutes via A31
- Frankfurt: 92 miles / 148 km – 1 hour 50 minutes
- Heidelberg: 107 miles / 173 km – 2 hours via A61
By Bus: If you don’t have a car or don’t want to rent one, it’s possible to go to Burg Eltz by bus. The burgenbus 330 is available from May to November on weekends and public holidays.
Bicycle: If you stay at a nearby hotel, it’s easy to bike to the parking lot, and then walk along the footpath to Burg Eltz.
Walking: If you like to hike, I can recommend the trail from the Hatzenport Train station. The walk is 3.3 miles (5.3 km) and takes about 80 minutes or so depending on how fast you walk.
The footpath to the castle
When you arrive at the parking lot, you can either go down the hill where the shuttle bus goes. Or you can take the traditional footpath walk to the castle. Both ways are pretty similar in time, but I suggest to go down by the shuttle bus and walk back along the footpath.
Hikes to Burg Eltz
“Eltz Castle Panorama” (12.6 km, 5 hours)
If you’re a seasoned hiker and have plenty of time to spare, then this award-winning hike is something you should consider. This hike takes you through the Eltzbach valley, the Eltz forest, and around Eltz Castle as well as to the southern rises of the Maifeld.
“Up the Romantic Eltz Stream” (2.5 km, approx. 35 minutes)
If you want a quicker hike, I suggest the romantic Eltz stream at the Ringelsteiner Mühle in Moselkern. To get to Eltz castle you will make a light to medium ascent to the Eltzbach through the Eltz Forest.
“From Müdener Berg to Eltz Castle” (1.7 km, approx. 35 minutes)
This hike might seem short on paper, but it’s not a light one. In fact, the hike from Müdener Berg to Burg Eltz is very steep in some parts, but experienced hikers do get a rewarded with unique views of Pyrmont castle and Burg Eltz.
“From Karden to Eltz Castle” (7 km, 2 hours)
This hike is not for beginners as it’s quite challenging. However, it’s beautiful and if you do have the fitness and strength to make it, you will be rewarded by vineyards, forests, meadows and of course some scenic views of the Moselle, Maifeld and the Hunsrück.
“From Pyrmont Castle to Eltz Castle” (9.5 km, 2.5 hours)
Pyrmont Castle is one of the attractions near Burg Eltz, and if you go for this hike you will experience all of the beauty in the Eltz Valley.
More information about Burg Eltz
The Eltz Castle is a so-called Ganerbenburg, which means that it’s a castle occupied and managed by several families or family lines at the same time. As for Burg Eltz, it wasn’t built as a whole unit at first.
Instead, it was built over centuries where different parts were added over time. The oldest part of Burg Eltz is the “Platteltz” which is a Romanesque keep.
Something that’s very interesting about the Eltz Castle is the fact that it’s owned by a branch from the same family who have lived here since the 12th century, for 33 generations. It has never been destroyed, which makes it even more special as the original parts are still there.
The highest tower is 320 meters (1050 ft) and from 1965 to 1992, an engraving of Eltz Castle was used on the German 500 Deutsche Mark note.
The Eltz family
The Eltz family is a well-known noble family in Germany with a long history. The first source mentioning an Eltz was back in the 7th century while speaking of a Frankish citizen named Eberhard zu Eltz.
However, the first recorded instance comes from the year 1157 when Rudolph zu Eltz was mentioned as a witness to the donation of a property deed by Emperor Fredrick Barbarossa. The family has 3 branches that are owning separate parts of the castle.
At the picture below you can see Jakob von Eltz-Rübenach, who lived between 1510-1581. He was the Prince Elector and Archbishop of Trier
Eltz Castle inside
Photography is not allowed inside Burg Eltz, so these 2 photos are stock photos, just to give you an idea of what it looks like on the inside of the castle. Also, it gives a nice surprise since you don’t really know what to expect.
Things to know before you visit Burg Eltz
- No photos are allowed inside the castle
- No drones are allowed – hefty fines wait for the ones who break the rules
- No pets are allowed inside the castle
Burg Eltz Opening Hours
The Eltz Castle is open daily from 09:30 to 17.30 until 1 November 2018.
If you come here before or after Eltz Castle opening hours, you can still see the castle from the outside, but you can’t walk inside for a guided tour. I suggest to come here around 8:30 or so, otherwise you won’t be able to make photos without the crowds.
There’s a parking lot above the castle where the footpath to the Eltz Castle begins. The parking fee for cars is 2 euro, and for cars with trailers or campervans, the parking fee at Burg Eltz is 4 euro. Busses are free of charge.
There’s no entrance fee to see the castle from the outside, except the parking fee. The Burg Eltz Entrance fee is for those who wish to go inside the castle on a guided tour (the only way to get inside).
A guided tour around the castle is included when you buy the Burg Eltz tickets. The Treasury can be visited without a guide by showing your valid ticket between 09:30 and 18:00.
|Adults||€ 10.00 per person|
|Adults in a group of more than 20 people||€ 9.00 per person|
|Students and disabled visitors||€ 6.50|
|Students in school classes**||each € 6.00|
|Family Ticket (2 adults, 2 children)||€ 28.00|
Guided tours at Burg Eltz
A guided tour by one of the castle’s expert guides begins every 10-15 minutes and takes 35 – 40 minutes.
Foreign visitors who cannot attend a tour in their own language receive a free translation in Chinese, English, French, Italian, Japanese, Dutch, Portuguese, Russian or Spanish.
Burg Eltz Contact info
- Telephone: +49 2672 95050-0
- E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Burg Eltz address
- Gräflich Eltz’sche
- Kastellanei Burg Eltz
- Burg Eltz 1
- 56294 Wierschem, Germany
Recommended hotels near Burg Eltz
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Other attractions and castles near Burg Eltz
- Geierlay Suspension Bridge
- Mosel Valley
- Pyrmont Castle | Distance: 5.5 miles / 8.9 km | Address: Burg Pyrmont 2, 56754 Roes
- Cochem Castle | Distance: 17 miles / 27 km | Address: Schlossstraße 36, 56812 Cochem
- Burg Thurant | Distance: 10 miles /16 km | Address: 56332 Alken
- Burg Metternich | Distance: 18 miles / 28.9 | Address: Burg Metternich, 56814 Beilstein (Rheinland-Pfalz)
- Satzvey Castle | Distance: 65 miles / 104,6 km | Address: Burg Satzvey, An der Burg 3, 53894 Mechernich
- Mespelbrunn Castle| Distance: 129 miles / 207 km | Address: Schloßallee, 63875 Mespelbrunn
Burg Eltz in Winter
As you can see in the photo below, Burg Eltz is beautiful during winter as well. Summer might be the most popular time to visit, but a snowcapped medieval castle makes a great fairy tale!
Do you have more questions about the Eltz Castle in Germany?
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