Jakob Graf zu Eltz at home

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The development of castles in the Middle Ages with their beauty and power, which continues to amaze us today, began in the 9th and 10th centuries. Up to that time manor houses were protected with earth walls and wooden palisades. However, from that time on reinforced stone walls were used for the greater security of what were now basic castles. The heyday or height of castle building stretched from the 11th to the 13th centuries, the main period of the imperial family of Hohenstaufen. It was also the time in which many towns were founded. In this eventful age we find the first reference to the name Eltz. Eltz castle was not originally conceived as a fortress but served much more as a fortified residence. In contrast to many other German castles it remains in its original unchanged condition. Eltz castle has remained in the procession of the same family for over 800 years. The present owner of the castle, Dr. Karl Graf von und zu Eltz, known as Faust von Stromberg. The family has had its main German residence there since the beginning of the 19th century. Eltz castle is simply what a castle should be. Its solitude and the beauty of its situation stimulate the imagination.

 

The castle is located near the St. Antonius chapel and can be reached via Münstermaifeld and Wierschem. To reach the castle from here is no more than a comfortable walk of about 800 metres downwards. It seems Jakob Graf zu Eltz is at home today. The Eltz forest is also worth a visit. It is seldom today that you can find such a natural environment. This viewpoint of Burg Eltz is nowadays closed. But not for me;-) It's shows the side view. Wonderful hiking paths and striking views invite you to discover this charming landscape.There are two hiking paths to Eltz castle begin in Moselkern and Karden.

 

Pronkstuk onder de Duitse burchten is Burg Eltz, als woonburcht heeft hij al acht eeuwen vrijwel ongeschonden overleefd. Lodewijk XIV van Frankrijk spaarde de burcht eind 17e eeuw. De burg Eltz is een gecompliceerd gebouw. Van de graven die er al sinds 1150 wonen, liet elke generatie zijn eigen vleugel aanbouwen rond het oudste gedeelte: de romaanse wachttoren. Deze ingewikkelheid geeft de burcht een buitengewoon romantisch karakter. De burcht in het Moezeldal, in een bos op een steile rots. Met zijn acht spitse torens is het één van de mooiste en best bewaard gebleven burchten van Duitsland. Het is sinds 1157 de residentie van de graven van Eltz. Er werd 500 jaar lang aan gebouwd waardoor zowel middeleeuwse alsook gebouwen in renaissance stijl ontstonden. Rond het imposante slotplein staan de acht woontorens. Binnen valt er adellijke woonkultuur door de eeuwen heen te bewonderen. In de schatkamer worden kunstvoorwerpen van goud en zilver, ivoor en porselein evenals historische wapens bewaard. Vanuit het dorpje Moselkern start een ca. 40 minuten durende wandeling langs de Elzbach naar de sprookjes burcht.

 

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Taken on May 3, 2012
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