The Burg Eltz Castle was one of our more favorite spots to visit while in Germany.
A majestic fairytale castle tucked inside an enchanting forest… A jewel just waiting to be discovered.
What made Burg Eltz even more special was that while most castles are at least partially renovated, this one fully original and incredibly well preserved throughout the years.
We visited in early March which also came as a surprise to how lonely it was in the area.
This made the experience even more memorable as we had the castle all to ourselves!
During the busier summer time, there is a shuttle from the small parking area above it that makes it easy to get to and from the castle.
For those that enjoy nature a little more, there is a trail from the parking area that one can take in order to get some more scenic views along the way.
As we were there in early March, the shuttle was inoperable and area empty, so we chose to drive down the hill and park nearby.
This however was a mistake as we were told by one of the workers that showed up soon after that we were not allowed to park there.
As we didn’t speak German, or see any signs that appeared to say this was prohibited, we had ventured down in the vehicle.
Had we known however, we would have not done that as we always try to obey the standards of the areas we visit and be respectful of local rules and regulations.
Fortunately for us, we had completed our stay and made our way out of the area without having to drive back up and then hike back down again.
Suggestions for Traveling to Burg Eltz:
-As mentioned before if you visit during the summer there is a bus that will take you from the parking area down to the castle, or you can choose to walk along side a lovely trail. If you are planning to visit during winter the busses are not operating and you will have to make the trek towards the castle by foot.
-If you want photos outside of the castle with no crowds, visit during winter. Just as a word of caution though, the castle itself is closed so you will not be able to enter for a tour. Also be aware they don’t allow photos inside the castle which made our decisions to visit during winter much easier.
-While traveling to a place with no other tourist around can be very appealing and a travel photographers dream, it makes for a sticky situation when there is no one around to have them take your photos. For that reason we always travel with a reliable lightweight tripod at hand, we love ours and here is a similar one.
-Be sure to snap photos form the top for an incredible birds-eye view as well as from the bottom to capture the true essence of the castle. A great SLR camera is a must – here is a great option to start with that even includes a zoom lens!
We highly recommend visiting this castle if you are able to as it really is a beauty and one that can be often overlooked as it is a little more off the beaten tourist path : )
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