Before you read any further, there is something very important you should know: ‘burg’ is the German word for ‘castle’.
So anyway, when my parents were over here in Amsterdam, we thought it would be fun to go over to Germany for a couple days. We wanted to watch a river flow, look at some old buildings and churches, drink some wine, and walk around historic centers. Afterall, that’s what you are supposed to do when you come to Europe, and since it was their first time on the continent, it seemed especially appropriate. Oh yeah, we also wanted to see a castle, and that’s where Burg Eltz comes in.
Burg Eltz, and I’m cutting and pasting from Wikipedia here, is:
“a medieval castle nestled in the hills above the Moselle River between Koblenz and Trier, Germany”.
It’s also a perpetual nominee for the ‘Most Romantic Castle in Germany Not Named Nueschwanstein’ Award, and travel show hosts and guidebooks love to tell you that it’s really unique because it has been owned by the same family since its construction.
Mainly though, it’s just super pretty.
Burg Eltz is indeed nestled in hills, but I would also add that those hills are covered by scores of trees, trees that at the time we arrived were in the final stages of their annual transformation through fifty fiery shades of autumn brilliance, only adding to the allure of the stone structure, and our collective breath was taken away the moment we spotted it. Or something like that.
Yes, coming around the corner after a twenty minute stroll on a footpath to find the castle staring right at you is worth the price of admission alone, and if you are wondering, the price of admission was around ten Euros.
Once inside the castle, we took the guided tour where you get to see how the people who lived there over the centuries ate, slept, and killed people if it ever came to that.
If you ever make it over to this part of Germany, I recommend you stop by Burg Eltz yourself, you’ll probably like it a lot like we did.
-‘Burg’ is the German word for ‘castle’
-Burg Eltz is a very pretty castle near the Moselle River
-You can go there and take a tour and take pictures outside if you pay 10 Euros