The other weekend I capitalized on the last of the nice-ish autumn weather and went on a day hike to Burg Eltz (Eltz Castle), located eastward along the Mosel near Koblenz, just outside of Moselkern. My student card with the University here in Trier allowed me to do the round trip, thereby avoiding the extortionate 22 Euro the Bahn would have charged me otherwise, the villains.
The rains the day before had left the ground soft and spongy, but the air was dry and crisp, and occasionally with lightly falling snow. It was pretty nice. I still got way too warm way too quickly, even despite the snow! The walk from the Moselkern train station to the Castle took under the 90 minutes the tourist sign had quoted, but I hadn’t paid too much attention to my clock. Rather, I did my best to enjoy being outside without a jacket for what will probably be the next few months!
The castle’s different wings clutch together haphazardly, all in slightly differing styles. If I remember the tour correctly, this is because three sons inherited the keep at one point and had it portioned off so each would have his own share, distinct from his brothers. Descendants of the same family still own the castle today, so no nutty 19th century Germans rebuilding ruins here (though there was a particularly destructive “renovation” in the late 19th century which managed to obscure the original or historical use of many of the rooms).