Ruin to visit Girsberg Castle

Perched on its impressive granite peak at an altitude of 528 m, below Saint Ulrich, it is the smallest of the three castles in Ribeauvillé. It is also known as Petit-Ribeaupierre or Petit-Rappolstein.

Markers

It was reported to have been struck by lightning in 1288, but the castle was certainly built in the middle of the 13th century next to Saint Ulrich to house a branch of the Ribeaupierres. Jean de Girsberg received it as a fief in 1304, and in 1422 it was besieged during a conflict between the Girsbergs and the Ribeaupierres, the latter regaining their right over the castle until it was abandoned in the 16th century.

History

Two brothers from the Ribeaupierre Family lived in Girsberg Castle and Saint-Ulrich Castle located right next to it. They had agreed on a way of signalling to each other so that every morning the first one to get up had to wake up the other by shooting an arrow at his shutter. One day when the younger brother shot his crossbow bolt, his elder brother opened the flap at that very moment and received the arrow in his heart.

Key points

Its pentagonal-shaped keep, which seems to be joined to the rock, the adjoining residential chamber and the semi-circular tower, the nearby Saint-Ulrich, located a few minutes away.

Practical informations

Address


68150 Ribeauville

Access
Access to the castle is on foot only, via a hiking trail marked ‘Circuit des trois châteaux’ (Three Castles’ Circuit) using the GR5. Depart from Place de la République or from the Lutzelbach car park in Ribeauvillé.
Walk time from car park
55 min
Nearest tourism office
Office de tourisme Pays de Ribeauvillé-Riquewihr
10 Grand'rue - 68150 Ribeauville
03 89 73 23 23 - info@ribeauville-riquewihr.com
www.ribeauville-riquewihr.com - Facebook @paysribeauvilleriquewihr
GPS coordinates
Lat.: 48.20351117 - Long.: 7.30728149

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