This German castle is what fantasy dreams are made of #Travel#Germany#travel#vacations Posted Aug 13 2018 Catherine Clark bijouxandbits View this post on Instagram A post shared by Ruairidh Chester | Ru (@rurichester) on Jan 24, 2018 at 8:05am PST Related Post 7 travel tips to save money that will finally get you adventuring Like many of us, I love to travel and don't do it nearly as often as I'd like. For most of us with a regular... Read more 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! Photos via Atlas Obscura h/t Atlas Obscura Related Post This app gives you guided city walking tours by real locals (some famous!) If you're a traveler looking for a non-tourist's view of your city of choice, the walking tours in the Detour app are perfect. The audio tours are available for tons… Read More Related Post The BIG list of spring break trip packing essentials It's the end of winter and we're all dragging our asses trying to get through to spring break (or summer or fall or whenever you finally get that week to… Read More Reporter Name * Reporter Email * Original text Enter the original text here. Edited text* Enter your suggested copyedit here. Notes You can add a note for the editor here. * Required information. Fix Typo Catherine Clark Catherine Clark loiters at her local library, makes art, watches movies en masse, plays video and tabletop games, poorly cooks healthy things, cuddles with her feline fur babies, and blogs at BijouxandBits.com. @enidjcoleslaw @bijouxandbits @bijouxandbits PREVIOUS I can move anywhere! Where should I move that's affordable and full of nature? NEXT Figuring out why I'm so uncomfortable with my partner's self pleasure Show/Hide comments [ 3 ] This is a rebuilding: https://www.selestat-haut-koenigsbourg.com/en/emerveiller/chateau-du-haut-koenigsbourg.htm This is historically interesting. https://www.wartburg.de/en/ I think those are the big ones. And Neu Schwanstein, if you really like madness. Reply I grew up near Burg Eltz! I remember going there on school trips on countless occasions, as well as weekend outings with my family. I never appreciated the beauty of the surroundings as a child, but the area sure has some stunning landscapes. While not many of the castles are perfectly preserved, as you say, there are a *lot* of castle ruins along the Mosel river, though, that are still absolutely worth a visit as well. It's also a wine producing area (overwhelmingly white wines), so it's got that going for it as well if you're into wine. Lena mentions Wartburg, which is in a different part of Germany (maybe about a 4 hour drive from the Mosel region?), but which is totally worth a visit as well if you're into castles and history in general. I believe it's where Martin Luther translated the bible into German. Plus it's right by the town of Eisenach, where Johann Sebastian Bach was born. Lots of medieval/ musical/ architectural heritage there! I last visited both Burg Eltz and Eisenach and the Wartburg in 2014, so it's kind of funny to see them both mentioned in the same article/comment thread in an Offbeat Home article. 🙂 Reply We went to Burg Eltz on our honeymoon! It's incredible, one of my favorite places I've ever been. If I recall correctly, you are not allowed to take photographs inside the castle. Alas. There are two ways to get there, you can drive all the way up, or hike in. If your able, I recommend hiking in- it's pretty sweet to be able to walk to a castle. Reply Join the conversation Cancel Reply Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *Comment Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. Notify me of follow-up comments by email. Subscribe me to your mailing list No-drama comment policy Part of what makes the Offbeat Empire different is our commitment to civil, constructive commenting. Make sure you're familiar with our no-drama comment policy.