Published on 30/05/2017
These castles are inseparable from the landscapes, testaments to history or sources of inspiration, destinations of walkers and ramblers, and are bold constructions that take us back to the mysterious world of the Middle Ages.
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In the Northern Vosges Regional Natural Park…
This medieval castle, which was built in the mid-13th century on a hill overlooking the village, acted through the centuries as a place of residence, fortress and garrison, and is now a place of culture and a tourist sight.
Each season from march to november is full of events, shows, themed tours and exhibitions.
Imposing ‘ghost ship’ that stood over the forests of the Vosges and the Palatinate, Fleckenstein castle was constructed in the 12th century by the builders of the Hohenstaufen Emperor and transformed over the years into a virtually impregnable fortress.
It has been hewn into the rock, and still stands as an exemplary case of medieval architecture.
Events are held here at the ‘Château des Enigmes’, and at ‘P’tit Fleck’ for children and school groups.
In the middle Vosges…
Towering majestically over the Alsace plain and vineyards, this famous medieval fortress is one of the most visited monuments in France.
Built in the 12th century by the Hohenstaufen dynasty, and taken over by Habsburgs in the 15th century, its rebuilt and enlarged defensive system was no match for the Swedes when they conquered Alsace 150 years later.
In 1862, its grandiose and remarkably preserved ruins became a listed historical monument. In 1899, the castle was presented by the city of Sélestat to Kaiser Wilhelm II, who decided to restore it methodically and scientifically.
Its cultural calendar is designed to offer eclectic events throughout the year, and contribute to the national and regional dynamic of tourism.
A shuttle service from Sélestat station takes visitors to and from the castle.
Southern Vosges and Sundgau
This imposing medieval fortress standing above Colmar and the surrounding area was built in 1279 by the Habsburgs and was a fine example of military architecture in Alsace up to the Thirty Years’ War. At an altitude of 620 metres, the castle offers a 360° panoramic view embracing Alsace, the Black Forest and the Vosges range.
Hohlandsbourg castle is open from Easter to 11 November, and offers guided tours for groups and individual visitors, a fun course for children, historical festivals and events for learning and play. The castle can also be booked for seminars and private events.
This is one of the oldest castles in Alsace, belonging to the Counts of Ferrette for a long time, till Jeanne de Ferrette was married to Duke Albert II of Habsburg in 1324, giving rise to the Habsburg dynasty.
The ruins may be visited free of charge throughout the year, and the tourist office offers guided tours for groups upon request.
Every year, the association Ferrette La Médiévale organizes Saint Nicolas Fair, medieval shows and banquets.
For more information about castles in Alsace
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Tokens of history in Alsace