Koenigsbourg Castle

Koenigsbourg Castle

Orschwiller, Alsace, France

This 12th century castle fortress is positioned high above Alsatian fields, located along the Alsatian Wine Route. In fact, if you climb to the very top of the towers of the castle you will be rewarded on a good weather day with views across the Black Forest, the Rhine, and across to the Alps.

Although it is listed as 12th century, the castle was not kept up and was not finally fully restored until 1900 at the behest of German emperor Willhelm II. The restoration was intended to glorify the region’s ties to Germany and German culture. Today, as part of France, it is a designated French National Historic Site.

As you approach the castle you can stop to visit the Inn, castle forge and fountain. Then cross the drawbridge. Ahead of you will be a medieval-looking inner courtyard and stairway leading to the living quarters where you can visit the Empress’s Bedroom and the Bedroom of the Kaiser Willhelm. You will also be able to tour the walled medieval garden, kitchen, chapel, and view a collection of medieval and Renaissance weapons and armor.

There are guided tours as well as self-guided audio tours, a bookstore, gift shop, and a restaurant inside the castle. Guided tours are offered from June to September, although the castle is open all year round for visitors.

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