Haut-Koenigsbourg is a 12th century castle located in Alsace, a region in the East of France. It rests on a small mountain more than 700 meters (just under half a mile) above its surrounding villages and throughout its history, has been a part of both French and German territory.
The castle was used once as a fortress and as a point of observation but was destroyed by Swedish artillery in the 17th century during the Thirty Years War. Following the war, Haut-Koenigsbourg was pillaged, burned to the ground and left abandoned for more than two hundred years.
In 1871, the region of Alsace was annexed to Germany, and it was then that the castle was given as a gift to the Germans and its restoration began. In 1919, with the Treaty of Versailles, Alsace and the castle were returned to France and Haut-Koenigsbourg was granted the status of a National Palace.
Thanks to the restoration efforts of both the Germans and the French, this beautiful architectural work has survived centuries of battles, fires, and pillagers and is now a wonderfully restored monument where one can get a glimpse of rich European history.
Haut-Koenigsbourg Castle has several unique architectural qualities, its Franco-German influence being the first to come to mind. The Castle’s stone is also pink; it was built using Grès rose (a local pink stone) – the same used for Strasbourg’s beautiful Notre Dame cathedral.
If you are interested in visiting Haut-Koenigsbourg castle:
Haut-Koenigsbourg castle is 26 km north of Colmar, 55 km south of Strasbourg and 12 km west of Sélestat.
By road: Motorway A35, exit 17 via Kintzheim or 18 via Saint-Hippolyte. N59 via Lièpvre.
Pets are not permitted, with the exception of guide dogs and assistance dogs.
Château du Haut-Koenigsbourg
67600 Orschwiller, Alsace, France
Tel : +33 (0)3 69 33 25 00
Fax : + 33 (0)3 69 33 25 01
48° 14′ 57″ N | 07° 20′ 36″ E