Ruin to visit Salm Castle

Sitting imposingly at an altitude of over 800 m in a splendid forest setting in the upper Bruche valley, the ruin is located in the town of La Broque, a former territory of the earldom of Salm-Lorraine.

Markers

The history of the castle is linked to the Principality of Salm, hemmed in between Alsace and Lorraine. Henri de Salm, solicitor of Senones Abbey in the Vosges, had it built at the start of the 13th century, mainly to protect the neighbouring iron and salt mines. Considered ruined in 1564, today it is maintained by an association of enthusiasts who have been working to safeguard and revive its vestiges since 2004.

History

In 1285, Count Henri IV de Salm welcomed to the castle the famous Lorraine troubadour, Jacques Bretel, who recorded his stay in his masterpiece of medieval French literature ‘le Tournoi de Chauvency’ (The Tournament of Chauvency).

Key points

The castle is surprising with its rich architecture: the semi-circular tower, the vestiges of the tank, the Bergfried (keep) rock, foundation of an old tower offering a spectacular panoramic view, not to mention a few kilometres away, the Maxe peat bog, a unique natural environment in France. Please be discreet: Salm Castle is located in a protected quiet area of the capercaillie (large European woodland grouse)!

Practical informations

Address


67130 La Broque

Access
On entering La Broque (in the direction of La Claquette), in front of the school, take Route des Quelles on the right for 6 km to the forest house in Salm. A car park is located a little further on the right. This leads to a path taking you directly to the castle.
Walk time from car park
30 min
Nearest tourism office
Office de Tourisme Vallée de la Bruche
114 Grand Rue, 67130 Schirmeck
03 88 47 18 51 - Facebook @valleedelabruche
www.valleedelabruche.fr
Conservation association
Les veilleurs de Salm
06 80 45 86 35 - Facebook @chateaudesalm
www.chateau-de-salm.org
GPS coordinates
Lat.: 48.45313633 - Long.: 7.14015841

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