Ruin to visit Ferrette

Pleasantly encamped on a small Jurassic cluse protecting the rich valleys of the Alsatian Jura, the eponymous castle of the Counts of Ferrette rises to an altitude of 612 m.

Markers

Built in the 12th century by the powerful Ferrette-Montbéliard Family, the castle was developed with the town of Ferrette, around 1223. In the 14th century, the earldom passed into the hands of the Habsburgs, then to the Fuggers — wealthy bankers who modernised it to adapt its defences to artillery. However, during the Thirty Years’ War, the soldiers burned and dismantled the town and its castle which became the property of the King of France after 1648.

History

From the castle, a path leads to the entrance of a cave where the dwarfs lived; a charming people, very close to the people of the region whom they often helped in their jobs. But the long tunics they wore aroused the curiosity of the villagers, who mocked and laughed so hard on discovering their webbed feet that the dwarfs never wanted to return to the cruel world of humans.

Key points

The city is linked to the castle by walls. Beyond a fortified gate and a drawbridge opening onto the ruins of the lower castle, you reach the upper castle with its chapel and its multi-level residential tower, which offers a magnificent panorama over Sundgau.

Practical informations

Address


68480 Ferrette

Access
Parking is at the foot of the castle opposite the old court on Rue du Château. Pedestrian access is signposted.
Walk time from car park
10 min
Nearest tourism office
Office de tourisme du Sundgau, Sud Alsace
3A Route de Lucelle, 68480 Ferrette
03 89 08 23 88 - info@sundgau-sudalsace.fr
www.sundgau-sudalsace.fr - Facebook @tourisme.sundgau
GPS coordinates
Lat.: 47.49366792 - Long.: 7.31787086

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1a rue de la 1ère Armée
68480 Ferrette
03 89 08 23 88

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68480 Ferrette
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info@sundgau-sudalsace.fr

www.sundgau-sudalsace.fr

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