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Eltz Castle is situated in Germany which sure looks like a fairytale. This atmospheric German castle is located in a rural, wooded dell; not too far from the winding river Rhine. It is still owned by a branch of the same family “the Eltz family” that lived there in the 12th century, 33 generations ago. Bürresheim Castle (Schloss Bürresheim), Eltz Castle and Lissingen Castle are the only castles on the left bank of the Rhine in Rhineland-Palatinate which have never been destroyed.
The History of Eltz Castle
Platteltz, a Romanesque keep, is the oldest part of the castle, having begun in the 9th century as a simple manor with an earthen palisade. In the Palatinate War of Succession from 1688 to 1689, a large part of the Rhenish castles was destroyed. Since Hans Anton was a senior officer in the French army to Eltz Üttingen, he able to protect the castle Eltz from destruction. In 1797, when Count Hugo Philipp later turned out to had remained hidden in Mainz, he came back to the reclaim of his lands, goods and wealth. In 1815 he became the sole owner of the castle through the purchase of the Rübenacher house and the landed property of the barons of Eltz-Rübenach. Extensive security and restoration work took place between the years 2009 to 2012. Among other things, the vault of flags hall was secured after it was at risk of partially collapsing walls and the porch of the Kempenich section.
Eltz Castle Nowadays
The Rübenach and Rodendorf families’ homes in the castle are open to the public, while the Kempenich branch of the family uses the other third of the castle. The public is admitted seasonally, from April to October. Visitors can view the treasury, with gold, silver and porcelain artifacts and the armory of weapons and suits of armor.
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