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“Burg Eltz - Beware if you don't speak German / expensive”
Review of Burg Eltz

Burg Eltz
Ranked #1 of 1 things to do in Wierschem
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Reviewed November 13, 2009

A recent visit to Castle Brug Eltz proved disappointing. Prices are expensive. First parking is 1.50 euros. Then shuttle bus which runs from the parking area to the castle is 3.00 euros per person round trip. The family ticket to view the castle and the treasures room is 24 euros. The castle interior (with the exception of a small crowded courtyard where the tours start) can only be viewed via a guided tour. When purchasing tickets I asked if the tour was also given in English. I was told that English tours are available, but would need to inquire with the admin desk in the castle interior and the wait may be slightly longer. Once the tickets were purchased, we asked about the English tour and the desk inside the castle said it was not possible. I also asked about tours in French or Italian (our other languages spoken) and was told only German tours were possible. At the ticket office you can purchase information given on the tour in other languages (which consists of only couple of pages of text), but seems very limited compared to what is said on the tour by the guide. The tour went through only 7 or 8 rooms (which is only a small fraction of the castle) and about half the rooms were under construction. My kids were completely bored throughout. We went on a weekend day in October and the castle was very crowded. I do not understand why an English tour was not possible that day. If you have to go, the castle from the outside is impressive. If you don't speak German, then park and don't take the shuttle bus and enjoy the walk from the parking area to the castle. The views are stunning along the walk and your kids can explore. In the end it was not worth the drive or the money despite being a Rick Steve's favorite.

1  Thank hollandwithkids
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Reviewed September 13, 2009

As of September 2009, there is some significant reconstruction going on at the castle due to cracks and settling. They explain it all quite well also, but it does mean that several rooms are empty or have only pictures to show what had been there.

Nonetheless, it was a very interesting visit and a first class castle. We did do the hike back to Moselkern and it was pretty easy, but does take a bit over an hour. We chose to take the taxi up which was probably a good idea for us - cost 20 euros plus tip and must be pre-arranged as Rick Steves covers in his book.

2  Thank TheSpear2
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Reviewed September 11, 2009

In our efforts to locate the Burg Eltz, we somehow managed to miss the turn-off for the Burg Eltz P&R and found ourselves at the trailhead of a 40 minute hike to the castle. Knowing no better, and after all of the effort to get to that point, we decided to do the hike. It was somewhat strenuous and after a rain storm would be treacherous.

After arriving at the castle after about 30 minutes, we found the next English tour would be in 25 minutes giving us time to use the facilities and grab a quick drink at the bar/restaurant in the castle courtyard.

We were surprised by the 8 euro admission fee and that the only way to access the castle was via tour group (I guess it depends upon how busy it is overall as to how it is viewed). During the, rather dry tour we saw a lot of interesting pieces of furniture and as well to see how the castle is currently under renovation.

After the tour we could not bring ourselves to view the Treasury and instead grabbed a quick lunch (decent food and prices) and then began our 30 minute hike back to the car.

This would have been a good attraction to see if it was the only thing on the agenda for the day but since we were trying to cover a lot of ground, it was not ideal.

We agreed that the best thing about the site was the hike there through the forest.

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Reviewed August 25, 2009

This is Rick Steve's favorite castle in Europe and rightfully so. It was never attacked and is now basically the same as it was when it was first built. If you see only one castle in Europe...then see this one.

3  Thank MarcoMolo
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Reviewed July 2, 2009

Thinking of romantic German castles, think Burg Eltz. This place rivals Schloss Neuschwanstein (also known as the "Disney Castle", due to the tongue-twisting German name), but with the difference, that it actually does deliver! In contrast to Neuschwanstein (which never has ben inhabited), this is actually more authentic and in use for over 33 generations. It has never deen destroyed or seriously damaged. It is as beautiful from the inside as it is from the outside. Actually, it was the interior, the rooms and the halls, that impressed me the most - too bad you are not allowed to take pictures from the inside!

Its beauty is partly due to its isolation in a forrest, so getting there comes at a price. The way to the castle is rather stressious from the Mosel Valley. If you have a car, it is easier to get there from Wierschem. From there it is a 10 minutes walk to the castle with a breathtaking view (As opposed to a 90 minutes hike from Moselkern station)! As far as I understand there is also a shuttle bus service from the parking lot in Wierschem, but we didn't use it.

One thing to consider is that the capacitiy of the tours are limited. You are going through a mediaeval residence, with small rooms and irreplacable artifacts. We arrived on a late Friday morning (no vacation) and the place was rather full. Arrive early, prepare to wait, but it is worthwhile!

This place is a hidden gem (at least for foreigners!). I would choose Burg Eltz over Neuschwanstein anyday!

5  Thank Dudel
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