Ruin to visit Lichtenberg Castle

Overlooking the village of Lichtenberg, at an altitude of 414 m, the imposing fortress harbours a multitude of stories that have left their mark on its old and renewed architecture.

Markers

A quote attests that as early as 1206 the castle was owned by the Lords of Lichtenberg, one of the most powerful families in northern Alsace. In the 16th century, Daniel Specklin, a famous architect from Strasbourg, modernised it to adapt its fortifications to the use of the cannon. In the 1990s, an architectural project gave new life to the monument with exhibition and show spaces, a shop and a cafeteria.

History

The tragic story of Hannemann and Lise recalls the impossible love between a villager from Steinbach and the Lichtenbergs heir, husband of the Countess of Linange. Madly in love, the lord installed his mistress at the castle and rejected his wife. To avenge his mother, the eldest son sieged the Lichtenberg and threw his father into the dungeon, whilst Lise threw herself off the top of the keep where she had taken refuge.

Key points

In turn it was a fortified castle, lord’s residence, fortress, refuge and seat of countless battles; this surprising place reveals all its mysteries in secret boxes, exhibitions and various shows which, in season, punctuate and complete the discovery trail.

Practical informations

Address

Château
67340 Lichtenberg

Access
Rue du château 03 88 89 98 72 - chateaudelichtenberg@hanau-lapetitepierre.alsace www.chateaudelichtenberg.com
Walk time from car park
5 min
Nearest tourism office
Office de tourisme Hanau-La Petite Pierre
2a rue du Château, 67290 La Petite Pierre
03 88 70 42 30 - 03 88 89 23 45
tourisme@hanau-lapetitepierre.alsace
www.ot-paysdelapetitepierre.com - Facebook @TourismeHanauLaPetitePierre
GPS coordinates
Lat.: 48.92126555 - Long.: 7.48710752
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