These three castles were built between the 11th and the 12th century. In the centre is the oldest, Wahlenbourg, with its lord’s residence, property of the Count of Eguisheim, Hugues IV. Then came the building of the northernmost castle, the Dagsbourg and finally the third called Weckmund, built in the 12th century. At the time, these three pink sandstone keeps formed a single castle, which was gradually destroyed and then abandoned from the 15th century.
It was in this castle, mentioned for the first time in ‘la Bulle de la Rose d’or’ (a papal edict conferring the Golden Rose) in 1049, that Bruno of Eguisheim, future Pope Leo IX, was born. According to local belief, the Eguisheim Castles were: one a source of fire, the other a source of water, the third a gold mine. Some also say that the three towers served as sundials for workers on the plain. At eleven o'clock, the castle’s shadow completely covered the facade of Dagsbourg, at noon that of Wahlenbourg and at one o'clock that of Weckmund.
The square keep of the primitive castle (12th century), and the vestiges of the residential chamber and Saint Pancrace Chapel are remarkably well preserved. It is also the starting point of the ‘Route des Cinq Châteaux’ (Five Castles’ Road) which covers more than twenty kilometres and also links the castles of Hohlandsbourg and Pflixbourg.
Route des Cinq Châteaux
- Access to the car park is via ‘Route des 5 Châteaux’ (Five Castles’ Road) from Husseren-les-Châteaux or from its other end near Wintzenheim. The site is signposted from the car park. Follow the signs for ‘Chemin des châteaux forts’. (Fortified Castles’ Trail).
- Walk time from car park
- 10 min
- Nearest tourism office
- Office de tourisme Pays d'Eguisheim et de Rouffach
22a Grand Rue, 68420 Eguisheim
03 89 23 40 33 - firstname.lastname@example.org
www.ot-eguisheim.fr - Facebook @Eguisheim
- Conservation association
- Les veilleurs de châteaux du Haut-Rhin
03 89 30 63 61 - email@example.com
Facebook @Veilleurs de châteaux alsace - Haut-Rhin
- GPS coordinates
- Lat.: 48.03889742 - Long.: 7.27303505