Haut-Koenigsbourg

  • Haut-Koenigsbourg

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    Haut-Koenigsbourg

    © AAA-Zvardon

  • Haut-Koenigsbourg

    © AAA-Zvardon

    Haut-Koenigsbourg

    © AAA-Zvardon

  • Haut-Koenigsbourg

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    Haut-Koenigsbourg

    © ADT67-Infra

Haut-Koenigsbourg Haut-Koenigsbourg fr

Haut-Koenigsbourg Castle is one of the most popular monuments in France with 600,000 visitors per year.

Built in the 12th century  by Frédéric le Borgne, duke of Souabe and a member of the Hohenstaufens family, the Castle occupied a strategic position. Its purpose was to watch over the wine and wheat routes to the North and the silver and salt routes from West to East. It was reduced to ruins by the Swedes during the Thirty Years' War and then abandoned. In 1899, Kaiser Wilhelm II decided to rebuild the castle entirely with the aim of turning it into a museum and at the same time a symbol of Alsace's return to Germany. Although the Castle has been rebuilt recently, it faithfully respects the architecture of the Middle Ages. Inside, the beautifully refined rooms are decorated with mural paintings, Renaissance furniture and enormous cast-iron stoves. There is an impressive collection of weaponry from the Middle Ages in the basement with crossbows, all types of swords and armour.

Behind the castle, there is a Medieval Garden created in 2001, offering a unique opportunity to discover what vegetables and fruits were grown in this period of history. 

Events and exhibitions :

  • A castle for everyone (from the 12/09/2015 to the 12/09/2015)
  • See You in the Garden (from the 05/06/2015 to the 07/06/2015)
  • The Haut-Koenigsbourg castle at Christmas-time 2015 (from the 01/12/2015 to the 31/12/2015)
  • The European Museums at night programme (from the 16/05/2015 to the 16/05/2015)

www.haut-koenigsbourg.fr

D159
67600 Orschwiller

For group reservations please call +33 (0) 3 69 33 25 00

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