Frédéric Barberousse, German emperor, probably founded it in the 12th century. A few centuries later, having become a location for knight-brigands, the surrounding towns attacked it, in order to evict the looters and destroy the castle. Rebuilt under the Habsburgs in the 15th century, it was again destroyed in the 17th century during the Thirty Years’ War. The German emperor William II of Hohenzollern had it completely restored and opened it to the public in 1908 in order to celebrate the return of Alsace to the German fold.
At Haut-Koenigsbourg, it is not unusual to come across a young lady in a yellow dress carrying a heavy bunch of keys on her belt. It is said that she only appears to children born on a Sunday or during the fast and that she will open the tower, giving access to the hidden treasure of the underground passages, to whomever will deliver it from its fate — Keep your eyes open!
An (almost) perfect evocation of what an Alsatian fortress could have looked like at the end of the Middle Ages; an ideal viewpoint for dreaming of the past and exploring other castles in the region!
- Walk time from car park
- 5 min
- Nearest tourism office
- Sélestat Haut-Koenigsbourg Tourisme (SHKT)
Bureau de Kintzheim
Route de Sélestat - 67600 KINTZHEIM
03 88 58 87 20 - firstname.lastname@example.org
- GPS coordinates
- Lat.: 48.24934047 - Long.: 7.34416723