I know y’all love some good fantasy real estate. So while this isn’t something you can buy (not that most of it is!), it IS something we all can ogle with glee. If you happen to find yourself in Wierschem, Germany add Eltz Castle (Burg Eltz) to your list to step right back in time.
According to Atlas Obscura, Eltz Castle is one of only three castles in the region left intact, and looks just like it did 33 generations ago in the 12th century. Platteltz, one of the keeps, is the oldest part of the castle, begun in the 9th century. By 1157, the fortress was an part of the empire under Frederick Barbarossa (One of my fave leaders in Civ 5!).
If you’re planning that epic European backpacking trip, check this one out to see if it’s right for your itinerary. Then send us some pics!
h/t Atlas Obscura