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From Rembrandt & Van Gogh to Delft, bicycles & beer, this art tour of Holland is a masterpiece.
Burg Eltz is a crowning jewel in an awe-inspiring series of picturesque castles along the Rhine. Often, though, attention falls a little too heavily on those glorified forts and homes. Any trip to Germany should take a more intimate look at the charming natural world that has long lent grandeur to those presiding palaces.
Unlike many of the 19th century castles that - in a thrust of German romantic nationalism - decided to transform the brutish set pieces for siege and assault into fairy-tale fortifications, Castle Eltz is a truly medieval castle dating back to the 12th century. It is a truly breathtaking building nestled along the Elzbach river, untouched by war and passed down through the generations of one family. Yet much of its splendor is attributable to the preserved flora and fauna surrounding it, from the Eltz forest and the flood meadows to that life-rich river.
There are seven different hikes to Eltz castle that take travelers through these natural marvels. Some hikes are a mere 10-minute hike from the parking lot, while others, such as the meandering and beautiful "dream hike," can traverse up to eight miles and take up more than half of a day.
The scent of rich pine forests lingers in the breeze as the 13th-century ruins of Turaida Castle are revealed before your eyes in the lush Gauja River valley in a medieval sanctuary untouched by the march of time.
The aroma of dark roasted Viennese coffee hangs thick in the air as you tread the cobblestone laneways and bask in the elegant architecture, atmospheric cafes and refined restaurants in one of the most beautiful cities in Eastern Europe.
(Gdansk, Warsaw, Krakow)
Enjoy Gdansk, Warsaw and Krakow; featuring four star hotels, private expert guided tours, private driver and vehicle and first class rail travel between cities.
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