Eltz Castle

Eltz Castle and its Main Attractions

 

The architecture is the castle’s main attraction: its eight towers, soaring up to 35 metres high, its oriels, roofs, timber frame structures and turrets make it "the epitome of a castle" (Georg Dehio), a picture book castle.


 

The castle is located in a unique setting: Hidden in a side valley of the Moselle, erected on a 70 m high rock, surrounded on three sides by the Eltzbach and set in the midst of a natural paradise, it is the only castle to evoke a true medieval vision.


The Inner Courtyard – built over 500 Years
 

The inner courtyard reflects, at a glance, 500 years of building activity, telling a colourful and often complicated story of the co-habitation of three branches of the Eltz family in a very confined space.


The Castle Tour – Experiencing History
 

The guided tour of the interior of the castle with its manifold architecture and the precious authentic and complete furnishings form the centre of the Historic Eltz Castle Experience. Visitors can truly experience life in the Middle and Early Modern Ages here.


 

The Armoury and Treasury of Eltz Castle is considered one of the most important collections of its kind in Europe. It includes precious gold and silver artefacts as well as porcelain, jewellery, glass, ivory, coins, curiosities and weapons from 850 years of family history.


The Knights Hall: Suits of Armour and
Jester’s Masks

 

The Knights Hall is the most important room in the castle. Beneath a heavy oak ceiling we see important suits of armour and carvings of jester’s masks, which symbolise freedom of speech. This is where the members of the three family branches living here gathered for discussions and festivities.


A Favourite Among Visitors: The Rodendorf Kitchen
 

The Rodendorf Kitchen is the declared favourite among the visitors. It is the most vivid representation of medieval life. The kitchen dates from the 15th century and has remained largely unchanged.


The "Madonna" by Lucas Cranach The Elder
 

Lucas Cranach The Elder’s masterpiece "Madonna with Child and Grapes" is the most famous artwork in Eltz Castle.


Diana, The Goddess of Hunting, as a Drinking Game
 

"The Goddess of Hunting" by Joachim Friess, around 1600, is the highlight of the Treasury. It is a precious mechanical toy that was used as part of a drinking game. "Diana" moved along the table and had to be emptied wherever she stopped.


Lindberger’s Masterpiece "Gluttony being conveyed by Drunkenness"
 

"Gluttony being conveyed by Drunkenness", a masterpiece by the Nuremberg gold and silversmith Christoph Lindberger of 1557, must be the most bizarre piece in the Eltz Treasury.