Eltz Castle is a medieval castle nestled in the hills above the Moselle River between Koblenz and Trier. 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 castle has never been destroyed.
The castle is surrounded on three sides by the Elzbach River, a tributary on the north side of the Moselle and it is positioned on a 70-metre rock spur. Eltz Castle is a popular tourist destination; among others, visitors can view the treasury, with gold, silver and porcelain artifacts and the armory of weapons and suits of armor.
From 1965 to 1992, an engraving of Eltz Castle was used on the German 500 Deutsche Mark note.
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