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.
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