The Eltz Castle (German: Burg Eltz) is located in Wierchem, Germany. The Eltz Castle is a magnificent medieval castle that lies in the hills below which the Moselle River flows. The magnificent Eltz Castle is built at an elevation of 320m. The castle is built with over hundred rooms. The residents of the castle are the same family from the 12th Century. This is the 33rd generation that is residing in the castle. The current owner of the castle is Dr. Karl Graf zu Eltz.
The lush forest around the Eltz Castle is called else forest and it’s filled with diverse flora and fauna. The three sides of castle are surrounded by the river. The castle is also known as Ganerbenburg, or that depicts a castle which belonged to different heirs. The castle is built so as it can be divided into parts. Different heirs have lived in different parts of the castle.
The portions of castle opened to general public include The Rübenach and Rodendorf families’ homes. The Kempenich branch of the family lives in the rest of the castle. It is amongst those castles of Germany which are standing there intact as before. The other two castles which are not destroyed include The Palace of Bürresheim (Schloss Bürresheim) and Castle of Lissingen.
The tourists from all over the world visit this historical piece of art from April to October. They can see the old architecture and some historic souvenirs. The souvenirs include treasury, with gold, silver and porcelain artifacts and the armory of weapons and suits of armor. The castle has eight stories. There are eight towers which are 30 to 40 meters in height. The walls are thick and the architecture is different in different portions of the castle.
The castle has been the representative icon on the German 500 Deutsche Mark note from 1965 to 1992. The locations of this castle have been used in several movies including The Ninth Configuration.
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