Welcome to Eltville am Rhein

Welcome to Eltville am Rhein, the city of wine, sparkling wine (Sekt), and roses.

It is ideally located between forest, vineyards, and the Rhine River. The name “Eltville"goes back to “alta villa" which means “an elevated settlement" in Latin, and  represents the city’s long history. Eltville was granted its official town status in 1332, thereby making it the oldest town in the Rheingau region.

Discover the countless sights of interest in the heart of Eltville and the surrounding villages of Erbach, Hattenheim, Martinsthal, and Rauenthal. Let the charm of each place enchant you.

Click here for the information brochure in English.

Old Town

Quaint cobblestone alleys, medieval half-timbered houses, hidden courtyards, stately manor houses and noble estates, a romantic car-free promenade along the Rhine River ... Eltville's Old Town Center is a historic gem which invites you walk on the footsteps of history.

This sightseeing guide shows all important sights and buildings and helps you to discover the Old Town during a relaxed walk at your own pace.

Electoral Castle

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 daytime 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 on details, rates and conditions (phone +49 6123 9098-0, touristik@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. 

Rose City

Eltville already caused a great stir as  a city of roses at the end of the 19th century. Carl Schmitt founded a rose nursery in 1871. Back then over half a million of these thorny beauties grew in the large rose gardens outside the old town walls. Eltville’s rose nurseries established international business relationships that reached out as far as the czar’s palace in St. Petersburg, Russia.

After World War I Eltville’s rose business slowed down significantly. It wasn't until the 1960's that the former city gardener Reinhard Pusch reactivated the cultivation of roses in the municipal gardens again. Where prickly plants, weeds, and elder bushes once grew, he designed rose beds and planted rambling rose bushes in the castle moat.

In 1988 Eltville was granted the title Rosenstadt (“Rose City") by Germany’s association of rose growers. There are eleven rose cities, five rose villages, and one rose county in Germany. The Rose Club of Eltville supports the preservation of the rose gardens and promotes the city’s rose culture.

Eltville is literally in bloom when more than 20,000 rose bushes, including many rare and old varieties, paint the city awash with colour during high season in early summer. Among the 350 varieties are the flaming red "City of Eltville", as well as the Japanese breed "Beautiful Eltville" which smells like apples. Further varieties include “Johannes Gutenberg" and “Hildegard von Bingen".

Rose admirers from Eltville and Hiroshima have been close friends for many years. Colorful Japanese roses blossom in the rose beds around the castle moat in Eltville. At the same time, the German varieties "City of Eltville" and “Peace Memorial Park Hiroshima" can be admired in Hiroshima’s Botanical Garden, along the Freedom Boulevard, and in the Peace Memorial Park in Japan.

Due to Eltville’s mild climate, most rose bushes around the Electors Castle blossom as early as the beginning of June. The infatuating scent leads you through a unique flowery paradise. The “climbing roses in the castle moat adorn the historic stone walls. Along the Rhine promenade and in the lanes of the Old Town rose classics bloom surrounded by lavender and larkspur.

Celebrate with us when the city of Eltville dedicates the first weekend of June to the queen of flowers: The annual Rose Days are a colourful festival with an attractive program for the entire family as well as special offers for all garden lovers. 

The rose-pruning courses held annually in winter (in German language) prove to be both an instructive and sociable event for hobby gardeners.

Gutenberg

Johannes Gutenberg

The citizens of Eltville are proud to live in a town that once had one of the world’s first printing shops. The Gutenberg memorial and exhibition in the castle tower is dedicated to the inventor of  movable type for the printing press. It was here in 1465 that he was granted the title “Hofmann" by Archbishop Adolf of Nassau II. The “Man of the Millennium" is not only part of Eltville’s past – his legacy is kept alive yet today.

Eberbach Monastery

The Cistercian Eberbach monastery (Kloster Eberbach) is a cultural monument and a masterpiece of medieval architecture. In the Middle Ages, this Cistercian monastery was the center of the Rheingau wine region. Except for the pump room and two side walls, the structure remains intact. The huge Romanesque basilica was built between 1145 and 1186, and its Gothic-style chapels were later added between 1313 and 1340. History truly comes to life as you wander through the vast meeting rooms, dining halls, and sleeping quarters once used by the monks and lay brothers. Discover the 14th-century chapter house, a hospital (built from 1215 to 1220), and a library from around 1500. Today grapes ripen on the State of Hessen's 200 hectares of vineyards to become top wines. Enjoy the noble Eberbach wines in the incomparable atmosphere of the monastery’s historic wine cellar.
For more information click here.

Location / GPS:
+50° 2’ 31.73’’ (Nord 50.042148)
+8° 2’ 53.11’’ (East 8.048086)

Located above the village of Kiedrich. From Eltville city center drive to Kiedrich, follow signs to Kloster Eberbach.

The Steinberg

The Steinberg, surrounded by a 3,000-meter long stone wall, was the favourite vineyard of the Eberbach monks. The wall provides for an exceptional climatic condition, enabling the grapes to ripen and  develop into an especially delicate and elegant top quality Steinberg wine. The State Winery of Hessen (“Hessische Staatsweingüter†) opened their new state-of-the-art production site “Steinbergkeller† here in 2008. The wine growing tradition of the Eberbach monks is preserved and continued on these historic grounds.

More information about the State Winery of Hessen you find here.

 
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