Treis-Karden are twin towns on the banks of the Mosel river in Rhineland-Palatinate, Germany, about 30 km west of Koblenz.

Panoramic view of Karden (foreground) and Treis (background)

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All trains running between Koblenz and Trier stop at Treis-Karden station. In summer, KD cruise boats also stop at Treis-Karden twice a day in each direction.

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Burg Eltz
Fall colors on the trail to Burg Eltz
  • 1 Eltz Castle (Burg Eltz) (Not very far as the crow flies North East from the town but nearly 20 km away by road.), +49 2672-950500. Daily 09:30-17:30, late Mar-Oct only. One of the most beautiful castles in a region packed with them, founded sometime before 1000 AD and still lived in by one of the three branches of the Eltz family. Access to the interior is by guided tour only, departing every 15 minutes in German and on demand in English. The ticket also includes entry to the treasure vault, showcasing medieval weaponry and a number of impressive pieces of golden artworks and jewelry. No photography allowed.
    To get to Burg Eltz, drive to the car park and walk 800 m, or hike 1½ hours directly from Karden. On public transport, head two stops east by train to Moselkern, and hike around 5 km from there, following the signs to Burg Eltz; the first 30 minutes is along paved roads through the village, the second half a gentle uphill trail along and above the Elz River. Note that the station in Moselkern is unmanned and has no storage facilities, but the restaurants along the Mosel around 500 m from the station will be happy to hold your bags if you eat your lunch there.
    €11 adult, €7 child (2020).    

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Burg Eltz has two restaurants with reasonably priced eats and great views down from the castle, especially from the outdoor terrace (summer peak season only).

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