This German Castle Has Been One Family’s Home for 850 Years (Video)
Nestled amid the German landscape, Eltz Castle stands as a unique symbol of time's passage. Owned by the Eltz family since 1157, this ancestral residence boasts a rich history that spans over eight centuries. The medieval castle's distinctiveness lies not only in its age but also in its inconspicuous location. Perched atop a rock within a serene valley in Wierschem, it remains veiled by the surrounding forest, evading the eyes of casual passersby. As the abode of thirty-four generations, its 120 rooms have seen the passage of time, a silent witness to both the family's legacy and Europe's tumultuous past.
Today, this historic dwelling, adorned with armory, treasury, and furnishings dating back centuries, opens its doors to the public, welcoming over 300,000 annual visitors. Noteworthy for never succumbing to invasions or destruction, Eltz Castle's resilience echoes through its recognition on the 500 Deutsche Mark note, a mark of honor for those fortunate enough to encounter its enduring charm.
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Top image: Eltz Castle, Germany. Source: diegograndi / Adobe Stock.