We stayed in Cochem during our time in Germany, so in order to see Burg Eltz we had to take a train to to Moselkern.
Moselkern is lovely – it’s a very quiet town with beautiful old houses. It took about 20 minutes to reach the start of the walking track to Burg Eltz from the train station.
The castle is surrounded on three sides by the Elzbach River – a tributary on the north side of the Moselle. It is balanced high up on a 70-meter rock spur and was located on an important Roman trade route between rich farmlands and their markets.
The Eltz Forest has been declared a nature reserve by Flora-Fauna-Habitat and Natura 2000. The walk through the forest took us about 30 minutes and when we finally saw the castle peeking through the trees it looked like something out of a fairy tale…
Burg Eltz is a medieval castle nestled in the hills above the Moselle River between Koblenz and Trier in 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 Rübenach and Rodendorf families’ homes in the castle are open to the public, while the Kempenich branch of the family uses the other third of the castle. The public is admitted seasonally from April to October. Visitors can view the treasury which has gold, silver and porcelain artefacts.
Information from Wikipedia.
Amersfoort is a city and municipality in the province of Utrecht, The Netherlands.
Amersfoort is a very historic and attractive city. It has many fine medieval buildings that are well maintained.
It is a busy place with a population of just under 150,000 people, but the town centre is easily explored on foot, with most of the main attractions being easily within walking distance. The railway station is one of the busiest in Holland with several tracks converging on the area.
Information from Wikipedia and Netherlands Tourism.
The boat journey from Cochem to Beilstein along the Moselle was beautiful.
The small village of Beilstein is one of the best preserved historical places on the Moselle and is also sometimes known as a miniature Dornröschen der Mosel (“Sleeping Beauty of the Moselle”).
The ruins of Castle Metternich tower above the village, which despite its small size, once belonged to the like-named noble family.
Zaanse Schans is a neighborhood in the Dutch town of Zaandam near to Amsterdam.
It is famous for its large collection of historic windmills – many of which are not just heritage buildings but still fully-operational. Tours allow visitors to see for themselves how the windmills are used for sawing wood, grinding oil and much more.
The historic windmills and distinctive green wooden houses were relocated to Zaanse Schans in 1961 to 1974 from all over the Zaanstreek in order to recreate the look of an 19th-century village.
Information from Wikipedia.