Château du Haut-Kœnigsbourg, Orschwiller

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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. Château du Haut-Kœnigsbourg is just one of the many highlights you can arrange to see using our , international travel planner Edition.
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  • This castle, about a 30 minute drive from Colmar, is a great example of a well done restoration. We didn't do the guided tour, but enjoyed walking the designated route through the castle, stopping... 
    This castle, about a 30 minute drive from Colmar, is a great example of a well done restoration. We didn't do the guided tour, but enjoyed walking the designated route through the castle, stopping...  more »
  • While Haut-Koenigsbourg may not be significant historically for any major battles or sieges, it is historically important in why it was restored and how it was restored. The castle serves as an... 
    While Haut-Koenigsbourg may not be significant historically for any major battles or sieges, it is historically important in why it was restored and how it was restored. The castle serves as an...  more »
  • Our car GPS failed to find it, but you would see the signs on the A83 going from Colmar north towards Strasbourg. You can also spot the castle from afar, built as it is in an unusual pink stone. It... 
    Our car GPS failed to find it, but you would see the signs on the A83 going from Colmar north towards Strasbourg. You can also spot the castle from afar, built as it is in an unusual pink stone. It...  more »
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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!
  • Stunning place to visit. Parking can be tricky as a very popular place to visit. Amazing views and a great cycle down the mountain
  • Always a favorite. Not crowded, especially at off season. 9€ entry for adults. Perfect quick trip.
  • Absolutely amazing castle. I've been to many (in Portugal, even Norway) and this one was so fun to explore. Really incredible castle. It's an uphill walk so consider that when visiting. But worth it!!

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