Château du Haut-Kœnigsbourg, Orschwiller

Fancy a wander through a thirteenth century castle overlooking the Alsatian plain? Beautiful Château du Haut-Kœnigsbourg is located in Orschwiller, Alsace amidst the sprawling Vosges Mountains just west of Sélestat. Due to the castle’s strategic locale, the castle was well used by successive powers from the Middle Ages on. Château du Haut-Kœnigsbourg was passed down from the Hohenstaufen family to the Dukes of Lorraine, who in turn entrusted it to the Ratsamhausen family (knights from Middle Alsace), who then held the castle until the fifteenth century. It’s believed that in the midst of the Thirty Years War, the castle was abandoned. From 1900 to 1908, it underwent an intense restoration phase under the watchful eye of Emperor Wilhelm II. Today, the castle is a highlight in the region, and if you’ve signed yourself up for an Alsace wine tour, Château du Haut-Kœnigsbourg is a popular stop. A visit to Château du Haut-Kœnigsbourg represents just the start of the adventure when you use our Orschwiller trip planner to plot your vacation.
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  • Station at 16h55. Passing 4 min later in front of what I thought was the ticket office but it is closed and I see a sign further indicating this one. In fact it turns out that the Panel is in the toilet. In short, I advance further and ask a Lady of the places if possible to take a ticket. Well no it is too late, it is now 17h03, the Castle closes its doors at 45min later. So at 5pm the ticket office was already well closed!
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  • Beautifully situated between Vosges and Alsace, this is an ideal all day trip in less good weather. Excellent documentation of restoration and historical facts. Atmospheric, exciting as such a castle must be, especially for youth and children. Nice and Cosy Brasserie. The staff were very friendly and helpful. Do you all dream of long gone times.
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  • Lovely visit for adults and kids. Amazing view of Alsace and Voges. Bring cash, foreigner credit cards not accepted! Very weird!!
  • This place is amazing!! If you want a true authentic feeling of a German/French style ruin and in a beautiful location, this is the place for you! I highly recommend visiting here, the people are lovely and the area is amazing to view. Don't drink the coffee though - it's terrible! Recommended!
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