The Best Castle Eltz to Visit in Germany by Admin · февруари 7, 2021 The castle was erected in the 12th century on a high rock – practically it is surrounded on each side by the Eltzbach River, a tributary of the Moselle River. Between the 9th and 11th centuries here were already some small settlements surrounded by earthen embankments and wooden palisades. However, over time the need emerged for building much more stronger fortifications to protect an important trade route along the Moselle River. The stone Eltz Castle, mentioned in records for the first time in 1157, when the Emperor Frederick I Barbarossa gave it, as a gift, to the founder of the great family Rudolf von Eltz. Some of the ruins, in the Romanesque style, residential building and the main castle tower have been preserved to the present day. Read More Eltz Castle is open from 25th March until 1st November inclusive.Visits and guided tours are possible every day from 9:30am until 5:30pm.The tours, with expert guidance, start every 10 to 15 minutes and take approx. 40 minutes. Guided tours are available for groups in English, French and Dutch on request. Special guided tours are also available for kindergarten and school groups. Two self-service restaurants invite guests to relax and enjoy themselves.