It is hard to imagine that back in the good old days royal families used to live in castles. It is something so remote and bizarre but who knows, 100 years down the line, people of the future might find it ridiculous that the rich people in todays world are living in mansions! But in spite of it being hard to imagine, it is absolutely fascinating to admire and to visit and to try and transport ourselves back to that time. One of the most emblematic castles in Germany is the Burg Eltz medieval castle which is still owned by a branch of the same family that lived 33 generations ago! 

The castle is located in the hills above the Moselle River and has over 80 rooms that rise in eight towers up to ten stories high! Imagine all of the stairs the royal family and the servants had to climb up and down all those staircases! It was one of the castles that was not destroyed during the French invasion of Germany and is considered one of the best preserved castles in Germany.

The castles is nested in such a picturesque location that it attracts hundreds of visitors to view this unique castle. For those who are interested in visiting, you can take a 45 minute tour of the castle where you will visit two thirds of the castle with all this antique furniture and setting. (The remaining one third of the castle is still used by the ancestry of the Eltz family today!) A truly story like experience, the Eltz Castle is an interesting destination for a home exchange that will just add more and more to your travel repertoire.