Germany Day Trips: Burg Eltz
February is all about love and romance, which means it’s only appropriate to start planning a special day for you and your other half. Day trip dates are the perfect time to break away from the real world. What is more romantic than visiting an isolated, medieval castle with your loved one?
Hidden in the hills above the Moselle River is the mystical Burg Eltz. The castle is surrounded by the beautiful Eltz Forest, and tucked away from the small town of Wierschem. The remarkable thing about Burg Eltz is its unscathed structure that survived wars from previous centuries dating back to 1157.
Make your way to the castle
Due to Burg Eltz’s isolated location, making your way to the front doors of the fortress can be quite an adventure. Visitors have the option of taking a shuttle bus from the main parking lot, or hiking 15 minutes through the winding, lush forest to reach the castle grounds. However, the shuttle bus only runs during the months the castle is open for tours. Tours start up after Germany’s winter season, at the end of March, and close early November. People are more than welcome to still visit the outside of the castle during the closed tour season. Exploring Burg Eltz when it’s closed for tours makes for the perfect photo op due to the deserted surroundings.
Delight in the romantic ambiance of the castle
Whether you visit during Burg Eltz’s open or closed season, I always recommend tourists hike to the castle because the view is not only breathtaking, but also quite romantic. Walk hand-in-hand with your significant other as you make your way through the forest’s path. Relish in the atmosphere of trees rustling in the wind, dried, shriveled leaves on the ground crunching with every step you take and the sound of the creek streaming nearby. Directly across from the castle is a road that leads you up a hill to have a panoramic view of Burg Eltz and the beauty of Mother Nature that surrounds it. It’s the perfect spot to enjoy a picnic, sip on sparkling wine and soak up a romantic moment with your partner.
A visit to Burg Eltz promises a day filled with memories that will last forever. It’ll be nearly impossible to decide what your favorite part of the day will be – the excitement driving to Burg Eltz, wandering through the forest, touring the castle grounds, the romantic picnic with amazing scenery or documenting your special day with all the new pictures that now exist in your camera roll. Either way, a day trip to Burg Eltz should be on every couples’ bucket list.