Haunted Castle Eltz

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Halloween is coming! So, I thought it would be fantastic to tell some of the local ghost stories and legends from Germany.

Berg Eltz, or Eltz Castle, is a beautiful castle that sits perched on top of a small hill in a gorgeous valley. The castle itself is built out of the rock and surrounded by the Elzbach River, making the castle somewhat of an island. The castle sits between Koblenz and Trier in the Rhine Valley of Germany and was originally built on a popular trade route. This is one of the few castles in the area that was never destroyed, despite the numerous battles that went on around it. This was due to the many alliances the family had built around the area and across Europe. It was built in the 12th century and is still owned by the Eltz family, 33 generations later.

While most of the general information about the castle is on the internet, there was one story about the castle that really intrigued me. It was shrouded in mystery, and information was hard to obtain… and that was the haunting of Eltz Castle.

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Here is the story of the maid, Agnes Eltz, the knight, Braunsberg, and the haunting of Berg Eltz

Agnes Eltz was the daughter of Count Eltz that lived in Eltz Castle centuries ago. Agnes was surrounded by brothers and preferred to act and play as her brothers did. She would much rather dress up as a knight instead of spending time dressing up in beautiful clothes and sipping tea. She was strong-minded and feared nothing; this was eventually her downfall. She was promised in marriage, at a very young age, to the Knight of Braunsberg, by her father. This was very normal in this day and age, mostly to strengthen the family and strengthen political relationships.

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Agnes eventually met the boy she was promised to and instantly had a strong dislike for him. She felt he was boring, quiet, and aloof. She normally chose to ignore him when he was around. In later years, he was invited to a large festival at the castle, in preparation for their upcoming marriage. During the festivities, Agnes ignored Braunsberg until he could not longer contain his anger. He went to her, grabbing her on the dance floor, squeezing her tight, and kissing her. To his surprise, and the surprise of the party-goers, she responded with a quick and hefty smack across his face. His anger boiled over in a rage. He took off his gloves, threw them at the feet of the Eltz family, and stormed out of the castle.

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The family waited and prepared for an attack due to the disrespect that Agnes had shown the knight and his family. They waited weeks, yet no one came to attack. After a few months went by, the family relaxed and thought all was safe. Due to feeling that the danger was over, the men in the family went out for a three-day hunting trip, leaving the women and children behind. It was this very night that the alarm sounded, and the castle was under siege.

Knights under the command of Braunsberg attacked the castle killing the guardsmen as they came of over the wall of the castle. Agnes was not going to sit still while her family’s home was being attacked, so she donned her brother’s armor and went out to fight. She came across Knight Braunsberg himself, entering her home, and she attacked him with all her might. Not knowing it was Agnes under the armor, he attacked back. Striking her in the chest, she collapsed and died immediately.

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After the battle, Braunsberg lifted the visor of the armor, and to his horror he found Agnes, dead. He fled from the castle and was never seen again… at least not alive.

Many people believe that Agnes is still in the castle protecting it from attack. It is said that she often wanders the halls, opening and closing doors, and moving objects throughout the castle. In the Countess’s room in the castle, you can see the armor she wore during the battle, still hanging on the wall. There are also visions of a knight seen outside the castle, often late at night, riding his horse back and forth in front of the gates of the castle. Some believe these are the knights of the castle still protecting it; however, the Eltz family believes that this knight is Braunsberg, waiting for Agnes, as he never forgave himself for her death.

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The staff told me that often, in the morning, they come in to open up the castle and the large, wooden, locked doors throughout the castle are all open and unlocked – as if someone was wandering the castle at night. They also say that, many times, after they leave at night, they come back in the morning to find items moved, even the very heavy cannons that are on display throughout the castle. At night, you can hear whispers and giggling as if a child is playing in the halls. Deep in the night, if you wait long enough, you might catch a glimpse of Knight Braunsberg, sitting on his horse, waiting for Agnes to forgive him and become his wife.

Along with the castle being a beautifully preserved and decorated castle, it has an eerie and dark past that makes it even more fun to explore and visit. Stop by if you dare; maybe you will see Agnes running through the halls in her brother’s armor.

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The castle is open seven days a week from March – October, then it closes for the winter. Tours are done throughout the day, every 15-20 minutes, and are also done in English. If you speak other languages, they have free pamphlets that give you all the information that you need in your native language. If you have a group, call ahead. Adult tickets are 9€, children are 6.50€, and family tickets (2 adults, 2 kids) are 26.00€.

The inside of the castle is beautifully preserved and decorated, complete with the hunting room and the full, original kitchen. Photos are not allowed inside the castle; however, you can see inside the castle here – Berg Eltz, including the oldest, hand-painted bed in Germany. Your ticket also includes entrance to the armory which houses many of the original pieces of art, jewelry, and weapons from the 33rd generation of the Eltz family. The castle and grounds are maintained and funded solely through the proceeds of tourism, so your money is going toward a great cause. Parking is at the top of the hill and you can walk down the hill from the parking lot to the castle or you can take the shuttle bus. The shuttle bus is 2€ per person, each way. The website for the castle is here – Berg EltzThere is also a little restaurant and beer garden at the castle where you can have a snack overlooking the river and the beautiful valley.

Enjoy haunted Berg Eltz!

Have you ever been to a haunted castle? I would love to hear your stories! Feel free to post them below!

SUNDAY-TRAVELER-BADGE-BLUE1This story is part of #SundayTraveler by Chasing the Donkey, a Croatian Travel Guide. 

 

– Stacey

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34 Comments

  • Reply January 30, 2017

    Clare

    I have seen pictures of this castle before and always wanted to visit. It looks stunning and I hope I get to visit one day, though I do not want to see Agnes!!
    • Reply March 8, 2017

      BasketsLife

      Haha No Worries I think she only comes out night when the castle is closed! :)
  • Reply January 25, 2017

    Denise

    Hi. I know this was an old post but I enjoyed reading it. It reminded me of a trip we took to N. Germany and Denmark with our two boys. I made it fun for them, not just visiting churches and museums. I don't know if you are still in Germany, but I have a suggestion: Have you been to Goslar yet? It is a cute medieval town near you. We went on a tour of the old silver mine there. We all had to climb into these little mini railroad cars - it's very dark - that took the miners down into the mines. Once down, you get out and it's lit. Then there is a tour and example of how they drilled and jackhammered for the silver. It was very interesting and my boys loved it. There are actually two different tours in the mine. In the other one you see a huge under ground water wheel (sounded interesting but we didn't have time for both).
    • Reply January 26, 2017

      BasketsLife

      Hi Denise, yes we are currently in Germany until May. I will for sure try to get to Goslar, and check out this mine tour. Thank you so much for reading and for your suggestions! :)
  • Reply October 27, 2016

    Steven

    Seriously its a great castle and i love your photos.. thank you for sharing the story of your experience
    • Reply October 27, 2016

      BasketsLife

      Thank you Steven, I really appreciate you stopping by and reading the story of Eltz Castle. It really is an amazing place.
  • Reply October 26, 2014

    Lily Lau

    I love castles, either for imagining the medieval people that used to live there or for being haunted! I hope this family takes good care of this priceless treasure.
  • Reply October 24, 2014

    Jen

    I would love to visit this castle with my boys! I know they would love hearing about the haunted stories. It's really amazing that the castle has been in the same family for 33 generations.
  • Looks great, I love the little "rating" thing that you have as well!
  • Reply September 30, 2014

    Sandra @ Tripper

    I would skip the tour and hide somewhere so I could spend the night :D Love these stories.
  • Reply September 29, 2014

    revatidifferentdoors

    That story gave me goosebumps! What an incredible tale! I can't imagine cannons being moved around in the middle of the night! And your photos definitely do justice to the spooky theme.
  • Reply September 28, 2014

    brmsimmons

    The story gives the castle a whole different dimension and is certainly something that makes me want to stop by for a visit.
  • Reply September 27, 2014

    veronikatg

    Oh my..! That sounds scary..! Good that nobody stays there at night. I'd be open to visiting the castle only with a big group, just to feel safe :D
  • Reply September 27, 2014

    Elaine

    Spooky! The creepy pics go very well with the spooky stories!
  • Reply September 26, 2014

    Dave Cole

    Oh, I would love to visit Castle Eltz - haunted old buildings are so much fun. I don't think I've been in a haunted castle yet, but I stayed in one in Scotland as a kid and my imagination ran wild the entire day. I'd love to get back to Germany soon and give this one a go!
  • A great story, and some lovely atmospheric photos to go with it.
  • Hi it's Christa, host of the Sunday Traveler (but you knew that), I just wanted to pop in and say thanks for joining in on the fun! Haunted is my jam! I can't tell you how many haunted places we've visited or stayed at, I'm always up for having the hairs stand up on the back of my neck! The Eltz Castle is now on my must visit list, LOVE!
  • Reply September 25, 2014

    sammiegan

    This sounds awesome, I love the idea of hauntings :)
  • Reply September 25, 2014

    traciehowe

    Gives me the heeby jeebies! It's easy to imagine spooky things happening hanging around a castle like that, real or not!
  • Reply September 24, 2014

    Cory Lee

    This castle looks beautiful! And thanks for sharing the creepy story about the castle. Very interesting.
  • Reply September 24, 2014

    adrianstraveltales

    What a tragic story but a beautiful castle. I'm not sure I would want to stay in it over night though...
  • Looks pretty cool, would love to go..I have always found those haunted and mysterious places very interesting...:)
  • Reply September 24, 2014

    Axelle

    Great story, I love this kind of stories, spooooky!
  • Reply September 24, 2014

    Samantha @ mytanfeet

    I love hearing stories like this, even though I know I'd be scared out of my wits to visit a haunted castle I still like to hear about it. It's spooky but fascinating at the same time. Poor Agness, she just wanted to be like the boys!
  • Reply September 23, 2014

    heather843

    I love castles, especially those with a fascinating history like this! Great story!
  • Reply September 23, 2014

    TheBohoChica

    Wow such an intriguing story! You had me deeply engrossed the whole time. I've never visited a haunted castle myself but I'm always interested in local legends like this. Thanks for sharing!
  • Reply September 23, 2014

    Anne Klien

    Spooky story but interesting, the castle is beautiful
  • Reply September 23, 2014

    Jess

    That looks exactly like I would expect a haunted castle to look, somehow!
  • Reply September 22, 2014

    Allison @ A Foodie in Europe

    Beautiful castle and quite the story! Great post.
  • Reply September 22, 2014

    Els

    Wow, that first pic looks so creepy! The friendly dragon makes up for it though :-)
  • Reply September 21, 2014

    Marissa Sutera

    I LOVE hearing about haunted history stories such as these. So spooky and interesting at the same time!
  • Reply September 21, 2014

    bavariansojourn

    Wow, that's quite a castle! We live quite ear Neuschwanstein, but this one sounds much more interesting! :D
    • Reply September 25, 2014

      sammiegan

      You mean you don't think Mad King Ludwig is particularly interesting?!
      • Reply October 1, 2014

        bavariansojourn

        Oh I think he is definitely interesting, there's just something about Neuschwanstein that isn't to me, but that's just me! :D

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