Château du Haut-Kœnigsbourg

Perched high in the Vosges Mountains, the Château du Haut-Kœnigsbourg stands as a sentinel of time, narrating tales of medieval knights, noble lords, and ancient battles, all while offering panoramic vistas of Alsace. Read more

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The Château du Haut-Kœnigsbourg, with its origins tracing back to the 12th century, is a symbol of Alsace's rich history and architectural prowess. Over centuries, this fortress has witnessed numerous battles, changes in ownership, and reconstructions. It was painstakingly restored in the early 20th century under the patronage of the German Emperor Wilhelm II, capturing the essence of a medieval castle. With its fortified walls, drawbridges, watchtowers, and weaponry, the castle transports visitors back to the Middle Ages. Inside, authentically decorated rooms, including the grand knights' hall, the lords' rooms, and the weaponry collection, provide glimpses into the daily life and strategies of its ancient inhabitants.
A visit to the Château du Haut-Kœnigsbourg offers a captivating blend of history, architecture, and natural beauty, making it an unmissable jewel in the crown of Alsace's heritage sites.

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The most famous sights
What to do in Château du Haut-Kœnigsbourg

Panoramic Views

From the castle's ramparts and towers, enjoy breathtaking views of the Rhine Plain, the Black Forest, and on clear days, even the Alps.

Medieval Weaponry Collection

Dive into the martial world of the Middle Ages, exploring an impressive collection of weapons and armors used in ancient warfare.

Guided Tours

Embark on a detailed journey through the castle's chambers, learning about its history, legends, and architectural intricacies from knowledgeable guides.

The Great Bastion

A symbol of the castle's defensive prowess, this section offers insights into the architectural strategies used to repel attackers.

Historical Reenactments

Immerse yourself in medieval times during special events, where actors don period costumes and recreate scenes from the castle's vibrant past.

Garden and Courtyard

Take a leisurely stroll in the meticulously maintained garden, reflecting the horticultural practices of the Middle Ages.

The Windmill

Located near the castle, this reconstructed medieval windmill showcases the ancient techniques of grain milling.

Educational Workshops

Perfect for families, these sessions provide hands-on experiences in medieval crafts, archaeology, and other ancient arts.

The Tavern

Relish traditional Alsatian cuisine in a rustic setting, reminiscent of medieval feasts and banquets.

Gift Shop

Take home a piece of the castle's magic, choosing from an array of souvenirs, books, and artisanal crafts inspired by medieval themes.

What else to visit
In and around Château du Haut-Kœnigsbourg

Riquewihr (9.85 km)

Nestled in the heart of Alsace's wine country, Riquewihr is a timeless gem, where cobblestone streets, half-timbered houses, and a rich history blend seamlessly to create an enchanting, fairy-tale ambiance.

Kayserberg (13.7 km)

Kaysersberg, situated along the Alsace Wine Route in France, exudes a storybook charm. With its timber-framed buildings, medieval castle, and meandering river, it's a picturesque village that has often been heralded as one of the most beautiful in France.

Colmar (18.49 km)

Colmar, nestled in France's Alsace region, is a mesmerizing town renowned for its half-timbered houses, winding canals, and vibrant floral displays. Often dubbed the Little Venice of Alsace, its charm and rich history beckon travelers worldwide.

Eguisheim (23.27 km)

Journey to the heart of Alsace and discover Eguisheim, a fairy-tale village of cobblestone streets and vibrant half-timbered houses, crowned as one of the "Most Beautiful Villages in France."

St. Anton (38.41 km)

St. Anton am Arlberg is an Austrian gem, famous for its ski slopes, beautiful alpine scenery and lively après-ski scene. A place where tradition meets modern adventure.

Landeck Castle (38.41 km)

Situated atop a hill in the southern Palatinate region, Landeck Castle beckons visitors with its imposing medieval walls, rich history, and captivating views of the surrounding vineyards and the Rhine Valley.

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