8 Most Beautiful Castles in the Eifel, Germany

Reichsburg Cochem surrounded by fog

The German state of Rhineland-Palatinate is home to over 1,100 castles. The sub-region known as “The Eifel” is one of the best regions in Germany for exploring old villages with traditional style houses as well as medieval castles. As locals, we’ve sorted through all of the castles in the Eifel to come up with this list of our top 8.

  1. Burg Eltz

    Burg Eltz
    The jaw-dropping Eltz Castle (Burg Eltz) is slowly becoming Germany’s most popular castle, so make sure to get here before the crowds arrive. The castle is perfectly nestled between forested mountains and a winding stream that flows around it. When you look at Burg Eltz for the first time, you will immediately feel like you have been whisked away into a fairytale. Keep in mind that you may have to hike at least 1-2 kilometers to the castle. During the summer months, there is a paid shuttle that you can take right up to the castle entrance.
    Local’s tip: Get here before 8 am on a weekday or any time during winter and you’ll have the castle mostly to yourself.

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  2. Reichsburg Cochem

    Reichsburg Cochem surrounded by fog
    The Cochem Castle (Reichsburg Cochem) is another very popular castle in Germany and has long been a focal point for professional photographers. This majestic castle is located on a hill right next to the Moselle river, overlooking the beautiful old town of Cochem.
    Local’s tip: Drive to a hidden viewpoint on K18 in the mornings and get some spectacular views of the Reichsburg castle in Cochem.

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  3. Schloss Bürresheim

    Schloss Bürresheim
    The Bürresheim Castle (Schloss Bürresheim) is often confused with the Eltz Castle due to the very similar appearances. However, Schloss Bürresheim is much smaller than the Eltz castle and is set apart by a lovely garden out front. The castle is easily accessible by car and offers a free parking lot right out front.
    Local’s tip: Schloss Bürresheim is less popular than the Eltz castle. It’s a great alternative and a great place to visit during the day without too many tourists.

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  4. Schloss Stolzenfels

    Stolzenfels Castle
    Oddly enough, the Stolzenfels Castle (Schloss Stolzenfels) in Koblenz has not gained much attention yet. However, its popularity will most likely rise in the near future, as more and more pictures of this unique white castle are posted online. It’s a true eye-catcher from far and up-close.
    Local’s tip: Don’t miss the beautiful courtyard of Schloss Stolzenfels. It’s very unique and not comparable to those of other castles.

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  5. Burg Pyrmont

    Pyrmont Castle
    The Pyrmont castle (Burg Pyrmont) doesn’t stand out with its looks like the Eltz Castle does. However, there are a few reasons why you have to visit Burg Pyrmont. First, one of the most beautiful hiking trails in the region starts right at the base of the castle: the Pyrmonter Felsensteig (cliff trail). Second, you can see the Eltz Castle from the tower of Burg Pyrmont. Third, there is a beautiful waterfall right below the castle with amazing views of the surrounding area.
    Local’s tip: For the best picture of Burg Pyrmont, walk to the far end of the small lake with the waterfall. From here, you can capture the lake, the waterfall, the old mill, the castle and the surrounding hills all in one beautiful photo.

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  6. Genovevaburg

    Genovevaburg Mayen

    The Genovevaburg is located in the heart of the city of Mayen. It sits on a small hill on the main square in the old town. With it’s bright yellow color, it serves as a beautiful eye-catcher that embodies the city. Probably, the coolest thing is that you can go underground right beneath the castle and visit the old slate mine, which is an unforgettable experience.
    Local’s tip: Walk to Mario-Adorf Burgweg (one of the streets that lead you through the castle) as you will find the most amazing photo spot to capture the beauty of the castle.

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  7. Manderscheider Burgen

    Manderscheid Castles
    As you might have guessed from the name, the town of Manderscheid doesn’t have one, but two castles that you can hike around and visit. One of them is located on a higher hill than the other. Due to the proximity and an inability to compromise, these castles constantly fought each other over control of the area. Today, the castles, the grounds and the surrounding nature make for a great visit that is sure to send you back into medieval times.
    Local’s tip: Don’t miss out on hiking the beautiful 5 km Manderscheider Burgensteig that will take you into both castles as well as all the viewpoints and interesting places surrounding them.

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  8. Burgruine Winneburg (Insider tip!)

    Winneburg Castle Ruins
    This is an absolute hidden gem and a real insider tip. Many locals don’t even know about this amazing castle located on top of a mountain in the middle of the woods. You do have to hike about 2.5 km uphill to get here, but the views are so worth it! Not only will you be able to roam the castle grounds for free, you will also be rewarded with amazing views of the Cochem Castle and the surrounding nature. This is a must visit for any adventurer.
    Local’s tip: There’s very little information on this castle, so in order to get here, you have to park at the parking lot located on a road called “Wilde Endert” in Cochem. You will find the parking lot at the end of the road on your right hand side just before the Weißmühle (white mill). From there, follow the signs up to the castle.

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About the Authors

Authors Ryne Cook and Denise Braun from He Said or She Said

Ryne and Denise Cook: Denise grew up in the Eifel and Ryne has been living here with her for almost 6 years at the time of this writing. As locals, we’ve had plenty of time to explore the entire region and see most of the castles here.

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