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Chateau de Haut-Koenigsbourg

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Address: Château de Haut Koenigsburg, Orschwiller, 67600
Tel: +33 (0)3 88 82 50 60
Opening Times: Daily except Jan 1st, May 1st and Dec 25 | Admission Charge

Chateau de Haut-Koenigsburg lies on a ridge of the Vosges mountain range, rising 700m above sea level and dominating the Alsace plain below.  Construction of Chateau de Haut-Koenigsburg first took place in the 12th-century by the Hohenstaufens and its first-class location allowed inhabitants to easily observe and ward off invasion.  It was also situated at a crossroads between Alsace and Lorraine.

The Hapsburgs were Chateau de Haut-Koenigsburg's first prestigious owners from 1479 onwards.  They were responsible for restoring the chateau and equipping it with a modern defence system suited to the recently introduced firearms of the day.  These defences, however, didn't hold up to Swedish troops who conquered Alsace 150 years later.  Chateau de Haut Koenigsburg then went into a period of decline and was eventually burned down before being left for two centuries.

In 1899during the German occupation of AlsaceKaiserWilhelm II was given remains ruin by town Selestat.  chose Bodo Ebhardt (an architect with a special interest in medieval architecture)to reconstruct burg its former glory.  work lasted eight years (1900-1908). You can see original walls that enclose chateau today.

When entering, note the fine gateways defended by portcullises, drawbridges, parapets and watchtowers.  The interior of Chateau de Haut-Koenigsburg is of German design.  There are a collection of antlers in the hunt room and numerous weapons from the 16th-17th-century.  The Kaiser's Hall is also worth a detour for its frescoes dating from the beginning of the century.  Note the imperial eagle next to the Prussian motto.

To get a glimpse of the views that stretch out below, head to the West Keep, via the upper gardens, where a drawbridge leads you to a terrace flanked by two towers.

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