Nestled in the hills above the Moselle river is a 12th century Burg Eltz, burg meaning medieval castle nestled on a hill in German. It is one of only two castles in the land of Rhineland-Palatinate that hasn’t been destroyed. Today, it is still owned by a branch of the same family that built it 33 generations ago.

Originally the castle was shared among 3 families; Rübenach, Rodendorf, and Kempenich. The castle was last occupied in the 18th century and today serves as a main tourist attraction in the area. As already mentioned, due to smart politics by castle owners the castle was never destroyed and today it has a rich inventory of artifacts as well as original decorating inside all rooms within the castle.

Getting there was a bit of a hike though, it took us 45 minutes from a remote parking lot to walk through the hills and woods surrounding the castle. Normally it wouldn’t be an issue at all, but it rained the night before and the mud on the trial made it a pretty messy trip.

No picture taking inside the castle though, and small tour group size made it impossible to sneak a photo in unnoticed, so here are a few shots from the outside.