Electoral Castle (“Kurfürstliche Burg”)

History
The Electoral Castle is Eltville's landmark and was built in 1330 by Balduin von Trier on the ruins of a castle destroyed during the Tariff Wars ("Zollkriege"). Construction was completed in 1350 by Heinrich von Virneburg. During the 14th and 15th centuries, the castle was the residence of the archbishops and electors of Mainz. In 1635, the entire property, except for the living tower (“Wohnturm”), was destroyed by Swedish troops. Only the east wing was rebuilt in modified form in 1682/83. The Grafensaal (Earl's hall) in the tower pays tribute to the famous inventor of letterpress printing, who was officially honored here in 1465, the only time during his life. Today it invites visitors to wander through the courtyard, castle moat, and beautiful rose garden.

Many festivals und cultural events take place here throughout the year.

Castle For Rent
The castle can be rented as a unique location for your private events such as weddings and family celebrations as well as for business meetings and seminars etc. Whether you are planning an indoor or outdoor function - the castle offers the perfect setting for every occasion. Several halls as well as the castle moat or rose garden are availabe for rent. Celebrate in this historic landmark between the Rhine River and the romantic Old Town. The tourist-information has more details, rates and conditions (phone +49 6123 9098-0, touristik (at) eltville.de).

Shopping and Information
The Gift Shop and Tourist-Information in the castle tower offers a nice selection of souvenirs, books, prints, gifts, accessories and more ....Open daily.  

Hours and Admission


Opening hours of the inner and outer courtyard
and rose garden

October through March: Daily 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
April through September: Daily 9:30 a.m. – 7:00 pm
Free admission.

Opening hours of the Tourist-Information
and Gift Shop in the castle tower
April through October:
Mon, Tue, Thur 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. and 2 p.m. – 5 p.m.
Wednesday 2 p.m. – 5 p.m. (closed in the morning)
Friday 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. and 2 p.m. – 6 p.m.
Saturday, Sunday, Holidays 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.

November through March:
Mon, Tue, Thur, Fri 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. and 2 p.m. – 5 p.m.
Wednesday 2 p.m. – 5 p.m. (closed in the morning)
Saturday, Sunday 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.

You are welcome to visit the castle tower and climb up 123 steps to the top where the panorama viewing offers a beautiful view over Rhine River and Old Town. Tickets are available in the Tourist-Information.

Admission fee:
Adults: 3 Euro
Children (11 and under): 2 Euro
Students: 2 Euro
Groups of 10 people and more: 2 Euro per person

A guided castle tour with a private tour guide can be booked at +49 6123 9098-35 or fuehrungen (at) eltville.de (multilingual)

 

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