The château du Haut-Kœnigsbourg is a medieval castle located at Orschwiller, Alsace
– in the Vosges mountains just west of the city of Sélestat.
It’s situated in a strategic location on a rocky spur overlooking the Upper Rhine Plain;
built in the early 1200s, so it was used by successive powers from the Middle Ages.
In 1633 during the Thirty Years War the castle was burnt by enemy mercenaries
and shrouded in ruins for nearly three hundred years.
But in 1900-08 , when Alsace was german,
it was rebuilt at the behest of the german emperor Wilhelm II.
Today it is a huge tourist attraktion, attracting more than 500,000 visitors a year.
The inspiration comes from wonderful “Restlessjo” and her “Monday walk” themes
a walk on the eastside edge of the Vosges Mountains.
The trip up the mountain to the castle can be done in many ways, there is asphalt road
on foot, a little sweaty
by bike, my own favorite
own car, with competition for parking spaces
by bus, probably the most pleasantest.
There is the possibility of guided tours through the castle
there are also plenty of exhibitions both active reality and inactive but informative exhibits.
These photos are from a walk on my own.