- Eltz Castle (German: Burg Eltz) is a medieval castle nestled in the hills above the Moselle River between
Koblenz and Trier, Germany. It is
still owned by a branch of the same family (the Eltz family) that lived
there in the 12th century,
33 generations ago.
The main part of the castle consists of the family portions. At up to
eight stories, these eight towers
reach heights of between 30 and
40 metres (98 and 131 ft).
They are fortified with strong exterior walls; to the yard they present a partial framework. About 100 members of the owners' families lived in the over 100 rooms of the 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
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