This unique peaked house, which was built on the smallest surface area possible ,becomes progressively wider the higher it goes.
When I saw this striking structure, I understand why people from all over the world stop to pay a visit to this picturesque building during their holidays in the Moselle region. The narrow-gabled little house with its sturdy ground floor dates back to 1416 and is one of the most photographed attractions along the river Moselle.
The Architecture is rich in detail. Has an impressive timber frame, which overhangs on three sides, was only exposed in 1914. The timberwork had been rendered over in the preceding years due to the risk of fire. The pretty oriel window and the half-timbered facades are hallmarks of the traditional architecture of the Moselle region.
Built since 1416
Peaked House in Bernkastel Kues
The style of the pointed house symbolizes the transition from the Renaissance to the Baroque period in a vivid and tangible way.
At the same time, the building is also a typical example of an old Moselle-stylewinegrower’s house with its oak-beamed wine cellar supported by blocks of slate, the upper floors protruding outwards on both sides and the tall attic for storing winter food and accommodating pets.
The ground floor of the building now houses a wine tavern run by the Schmitz-Hergesfamily winery which for generations produced fine Riesling wines and also Pinot Noir red wines since couple of years ago.
Unfortunately, my daughter did not see this beauty. She was fast asleep taking her midday nap in her stroller which I parked just beside this peaked house.But someday, I will tell her the story when she dozed off to la-la land in front of this beautiful building.
Have you’ve been to Bernkastel -Kues? How was your experience?
Visiting Burg Eltz is like stepping into a fairytale . I have never seen a real castle in my whole life and seeing one for the very first time is a dream come true. I was excited and at the same time thinking if going there would be baby-friendly . I’m so glad we went through with it. This is a great family destination !
A scenic setting
We drove from Osann-Monzel through the quaint towns of Münstermaifeld & picturesque Wierschem . The road trip itself is wonderful , the long & winding road with views of scenic countryside . I always wonder ,”Where is the castle ?” The element of surprise is always there.
We arrived around 4 p.m & we decided to take the shuttle bus from the car park which led us to the castle within 5 minutes. From the steep winding road , it was really a magical experience to finally have a glimpse of Burg Eltz .It was erected in a strategic position along the lower Eltz River, which serves as a tributary of the Moselle. This was a popular trade route linking the Moselle with the Eifel River. The castle was built atop a 70 meter high rock giving it a commanding view of the Elzbach Valley and River Eltz, which flowed around the base of the castle on three sides.
If you want to have a short hiking adventure, (approx. 15 mins. ) starting from the lower car park , the foot path and the private road will both brought you unforgettable views of the castle. We took this road on our way back to the car park since we want to make the most of this adventure . I strongly recommend to wear your baby in a sling for an enjoyable walk through the woods although this footpath can also allow you to have a push chair for your child.
Best Kept Secret Beautiful Architecture
Burg Eltz is simply gorgeous. It is located in the perfect setting , hidden like a gem in the forest . Even though the weather was a bit gray , Burg Eltz still charmed us with its Tudor style buildings & cone-shaped roofs . It’s so striking between the luscious greens of the forest around it.
This castle is one of the most beautiful castle all through out Germany. Burg Eltz is one of the few Rhenish castles that was never destroyed & preserved. As a result of skillful diplomacy, the castle avoided conflict during the 30 years war when most of the Rhine castles were destroyed by the French.The castle consists of eight towers with living quarters grouped around an inner courtyard.
We took the English tour which lasted of about 45 mins. I was really in awe of the interior of the castle . It’s like you are being transported 850 years back. I felt in awe knowing that Me & my daughter is standing at the same floors were the ancient Eltz family stepped on . With baby in a sling around me , i let myself be absorbed through the wonderful journey inside the castle .
A castle with Legacy
Burg Eltz has a distinctive Medieval siege tower at the top of the hill.This is the Trutz-Eltz ,erected by archbishop Balduin of Luxembourg in the mid-14th century.He was trying to take over the entire region between Trier & the Rhine river but the Eltz family & their local allies refused to give in.This was the beginning of the so-called “Eltz-feud” (1331-36), during which Balduin laid siege to Eltz castle. In the courtyard , the stone balls that his men had lobbed at the castle from Trutz-Eltz (also known as Spite-Eltz ) can still be seen.
It’s a wonderful experience that through the tour , you can have an idea what is the living areas of a wealthy noblemen in the late 15th century look like . What’s amazing is how the features like oak beams and fireplaces stayed in place after all these years . The famous Virgin & a child with grapes painting adorns the Lower Hall . It is such an important piece of art . The castle is filled with murals & the ceiling reflect the oriental influence that spread throughout Europe after the crusades. One interesting feature i saw in the Burg Eltz is the built-in toilet . The toilets were flushed using rainwater collected from the roof , through a sewage duct ,and into the valley below . In the middle ages , they use hay & cabbage leaves as toilet paper.The Rodendorf Kitchen is also worth a look .From this ,you can really see what does a 15th century kitchen looks like ,with its built in oven made of volcanic stone ,the huge chopping board , the replicas of food hung on the ceiling to keep out from the reach of rodents.
I highly recommend for you to take the tour in your preferred language to learn more about this castle because it’s amazing. There is a nice Restaurant that you can grab a drink and eat after the tour or just simply enjoy the views surrounding the castle. Clean bathrooms are also present & they also have a souvenir shop.
Travel Tips !
If you’re travelling with babies , babywearing is much better than carrying them since strollers are not allowed inside .The castle has no ramps and steep stairs during the tour is a high concern.
Take advantage of getting into Burg Eltz through the short hike ,the wonderful nature is also not to be missed.
Wear comfortable shoes as the castle grounds is cobbled and climbing the narrow, steep stairs could be a pain .You also need to watch your head during the tour because the ceiling is low in some passageways.
You can find more helpful information in Here if you plan to visit Burg Eltz.
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“You’ve got to see this!” This is what this post all about.If you are thinking of going to Germany & wants a place to have some serious adventure, or maybe a planned escape with friends ,with serene, and yet fulfilling experience away from the hustling city life vibe , then Moselle is the perfect trip for you. Germany is not only famous for its Oktoberfest and castles, It is also renowned for its lovely river Landscape Nature. For my daughter’s first international trip , we brought her here. Who says you can’t have fun with a baby ? Here’s why ,Moselle wine region ranked # 34 for Top Places to go in 2016 .From my personal experience, This should be in your Bucket list.
The Views are simply Breathtaking
Nature at its best. The River landscape of the Moselle is seen as one of the most varied in the whole of central Europe. There is a folk legend that says that the Devil once visited the area with a large sack which He gradually emptied, thus forming the many different castles and fortresses along the area. The Moselle is the largest left-handed tributary of the Rhine River with a length of 544 km. It stretched from West to Northwest in large loops. Below Trier,the most beautiful landscape of Moselle begins. Its bank s are covered with vineyards , quaint houses,small romantic wine growing communities and medieval looking fortress towns.The Mediterranean flair is inescapable.
Hop on a bike , or just spend lazy times walking is the best way to make the most of your Moselle journey.The streets are stroller friendly. You can let your baby nap beside the banks of the river while you admire the calm beauty of the Moselle or simply,feed the ducks.My daughter took a nap during our hike up to the Landshut castle and while enjoying the view above. How many babies napping with a castle view and surrounded with vineyards? You need to make memories in your journey.
Architecture that surround the whole region
There’s so much detail in every structure that I see. One example is the Lieser castle.It was built in the previous century by the Baron of Schlorlemer in a middle of a feudal park.Nowadays this building serves as a luxury hotel.As you step out of it,20 meters away and you can gaze at the banks of the River Moselle.We had a morning walk here,and although the weather is slightly gray, it was worth the stop.
Just Let loose and be charmed in the Market Squares.
Its like being transported into a frenzy Jumanji . History come alive.Everywhere you look, creative pubs,quaint little shops,of beautiful Half-Timbered houses,fountains and Hauptmarkt (Main Market ) makes the city a fascinating metropolis.You can admire the unique,ancient historical monuments that were of significant testament to the importance of this time. Some fountains were adorned with small ogres and mischievous monkeys.My daughter loved the play area near Saint George’s fountain. Children flocked to the area with flowing waters which they could play, stomp their little feet and running around and just shrieking with delight, while their parents are munching on warm pretzels and people watching.
The best glass of Wine
You can always enjoy a good glass of Beer in Germany, but in Moselle, you simply need to try the Riesling wine ! Even if you are not a Wine Enthusiast like me, you will surely love their wine.We have stayed in an apartment which has their own Weingut and from the moment we arrived, we have sampled their wine. It was really good.There’s no better way to enjoy it than just sitting back in the balcony & enjoying the view. Prost!
Don’t forget to try the local food.We love the restaurant along the banks of Moselle in Bernkastel Kues,The Hotel & Restaurant Cafe Rosi.It has a Beer Garden,River Banks, and a Hotel.Imagine feeding your gastronomy delight with a view of the Landshut Castle and feeling the typical air of the region.Well, in Germany,enjoying Eis ( ice cream ) is a typical sight and of course we tried it.But unfortunately I am not so fond of Ice cream with liquor.It tasted too strong for me that the chocolate flavor was overpowered by the liquor.If you have a thing on this,they probably you would enjoy their Eis.
I am already looking forward to go back and explore the other parts of Moselle.There’s so much more to see and explore. All in all,it was a great trip! and of course ,we brought home some fine wine !