Eltz Castle

Location and Plans

Eltz Castle is built on a large rock in the middle of a valley. The Elzbach flows around this rock on three sides. The rock itself is approx. 70 metres high, the castle nearly 40 metres. With its foundations starting very low down, the entire height from the stream level to the rooftop adds up to a total of 90 metres.


 


The castle was built to secure the trade route Mosel-Maifeld-Eifel. There are remains of Celtic and Roman fortifications on the site. The ideal location ensured the safety of this castle for many years until Prince Elector Balduin of Trier erected the so-called "Gegenburgen" (literally counter castles), which finally forced the Counts of Eltz into submission.