Eltz Castle - Burg Eltz – Wierschem, Germany - Atlas Obscura

Wierschem, Germany

Eltz Castle - Burg Eltz

This medieval castle overlooking the Elzbach river looks just like it did hundreds of years ago. 

One of only three castles in the region left intact over the centuries, Burg Eltz (Eltz Castle) has remained in the same family for over 850 years, or 33 generations.

Though the Eltz family first moved into the castle in the 12th century, they continued making renovations and additions for centuries. As such, it wasn’t completed until between 1490 and 1540. The 80-room castle is still occupied today, and looks much as it would have hundreds of years ago. Local stories say that it is infested with the ghosts of medieval knights.

The castle is one of the few in the area that survived the Thirty Years’ War. The French did not destroy the castle thanks to its location, and some skilled diplomacy on the part of the landowners.

Know Before You Go

Located between Koblenz and Cochem, near the Mosel River in the Eltztal. Go early in the morning to avoid the crowds. There are two routes down to the castle, one is a hiking trail an the other is a well trod tourist trail. The parking and start point for each are on opposite sides of the valley.