Heidelberg Castle is a ruin in Germany and landmark of Heidelberg. The castle ruins are among the most important Renaissance structures north of the Alps. The castle has only been partially rebuilt since its demolition in the 17th and 18th centuries. It is located 80 metres up the northern part of the Knigstuhl hillside and thereby dominates the view of the old downtown. It is served by an intermediate station on the Heidelberger Bergbahn funicular railway that runs from Heidelbergs Kornmarkt to the summit of the Knigstuhl. The earliest castle structure was built before 1214 and later expanded into two castles circa 1294 however in 1537 a lightning bolt destroyed the upper castle. The present structures had been expanded by 1650 before damage by later wars and fires. In 1764 another lightning bolt caused a fire which destroyed some rebuilt sections.
Coordinates: 49.4109700 N, 8.7151300 E
Eltz Castle is a medieval castle nestled in the hills above the Moselle River between Koblenz and Trier Germany. It is still owned by a branch of the same family that lived there in the 12th century 33 generations ago. Brresheim Castle Eltz Castle and Lissingen Castle are the only castles on the left bank of the Rhine in Rhineland-Palatinate which have never been destroyed.
Coordinates: 50.2057200 N, 7.3365600 E