#187 Burg Eltz
near Wierschem, Rhineland-Palatinate, Germany
before 1157 and 1470 - 1540 plus later
This is NOT an official Lego site

Eltz Castle is one of Europe's most famous examples of a Ganerbenburg, a castle which is the direct result of the combined efforts of a community of joint owners and heirs.  In this case the initial structures were a small group of houses surrounding a manor hall.  The families were of the House of Eltz, so named for location of their lands centered on the raised, horseshoe-shaped plot bordered on three sides by the Elzbach River, a fairly minor tributary of the Moselle River in northwest Germany.  Around 1157 the families, the Kempenichs, the Rübenachs and the Rodendorfs, fortified their holding with a stone keep, called the Donjon Platt-Eltz, which is the oldest part of the wonderful castle which grew to photogenic proportions over the next centuries. The early earthen palisades were replaced by stone walls and towers, and the individual stone "houses" grew taller and taller as the families expanded.  The present day castle measures approximately 130 by 350 feet.
The only significant military conflict in Burg Eltz long history occurred between 1331 and 1136, when several lords and free knights of the region became fed up with the policies of the powerful Balduin [Baldwin] of Luxembourg, then the Elector and Prince-Archbishop of Trier.  When Johann of Eltz joined the insurgents, Balduin bombarded his castle with the then state-of-the-art pot-de-fer, primitive cannon first described just five years earlier in European literature.  The bombardment, from a small siege castle built on the hill just north of Burg Eltz [see Burg Trutzeltz ruin in upper left photo], lasted two years and ended with the lords and knights capitulating to the Archbishop.  During the Palatinate War of Succession in 1688-89, Burg Eltz was saved from destruction when Hans Anton zu Eltz-Üttingen, a senior officer in the army of King Louis XIV, deleted his castle from the list of fortifications to be destroyed.  The French  confisticated the possessions of Count Hugo Philipp zu Eltz in 1794, including Burg Eltz, but in 1797 the Count returned from hiding the Mainz, and reclaimed the family's lands, goods and wealth.  In 1815 he bought out the Houses of Rübenach and the Rodendorf, and the Kempenish branch still maintains ownership of Burg Eltz to this day.
A closer view from the WSW. AN impressive view from the Elzbach. A general view highlighting
the north gate house.
And the view through that gate. The inner Gatehouse [#5 on
the castle plan below]
The tunnel under
Rodendorf [#17] into
the inner courtyard...
...and looking up the
several steps into the
inner courtyard.
Looking back (north)
from where you just
And looking south toward
the other end of the
inner courtyard.
And looking straight up!!


Top-down plan of Burg Eltz The plan of the castle with key
Cross-section of the castle
looking south


Photos of the Lego Model
Under Construction November 2023 to March 2024
Construction begins on
November 13.
The first three days are devoted to laying out
the entire castle, with the Eltz' house noted.
Small red plates designate where
section splits are planned.
The days before the Thanksgiving
holiday are spent landscaping the
south end of the castle.
From the southwest, the path
leading from the river Elzbach.
And the fortified ramp at
the southeast corner.
Landscaping of this huge project
continues in the two weeks after
our Thanksgiving holiday.
By December 8 the rocky oval is
filling in more every day.
The postern path now ends in a fortified
staircase winding around the old donjon.
And the more photographed
entrance is beginning
to take shape.
By December 15 there's a
bit more definition to the
Valley Gate and Coach House.
And the Outer Gatehouse and Goldsmith's
House have been built.
The broad view shows much more landscaping
now completed, though minimal actual plants.
And the postern staircase
around the old keep is
mostly complete.
Finally, the other side of
the Outer Gatehouse and
Goldsmith's House.
As 2024 begins, lots of work has been
completed: the Coach House is done...
...as is the sloping middle bailey
from Coach House to Craftsmen's
There has also been some construction
on lower walls of the inner castle.
Here is a close-up of the
Craftsmen's House, completed
on January 4.
By January 11 the entire perimeter of
the inner castle is in place. The
Rodendorf Houses are best seen.
The view from the southeast
highlights the Kempenich Houses.
From the southwest, the focus will
be on the old Donjon and garden.
And from the NNW, the Rübenach
House will be nicely delineated.
Finally, a look at the view
current visitors see as they
approach the castle.
As of February 6, much work has
been done on the old donjon..
...as well as on the Kempenich House. Here is another view of the
keep and unfinished garden.
And the NNW view again.. A lot of building is going on
in the narrow courtyard area.
Here's the view
looking back toward
the main entrance.
As our February vacation nears, the
Rodendorf House has risen another story.
There are both grass and a vegetable
garden at the south end.
And major work on the creation
of the donjon roof.
And the NNW view as of
February 12.  More in March!
Finally, pictures of progress as of
March 17, St. Patrick's Day.
Both the Kempenich and...
...Rodendorf Houses have risen
another story.
And the Old Keep is finally
complete, with chimneys extended
a bit to match the tall roof.
And the Rübenach House
needs just one more story
before roofing begins,
More before Easter - maybe.


Photos of the Lego Model
Completed ????, 20
Here The view From The nor
This p From th This is Fina


Build Your Own
When I relooked at the plans and elevations I meticulously drew several years ago,
I realized the scale was just 0.67, not the 1.0 that works so well with Lego Group's
minifigures, so I'm building the middle and inner wards at 1.0, instead of the entire
castle.  Therefore, no valid plan or elevations. Sorry.
Top Down Plan
South East North Cross-section

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