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Château du Haut-Koenigsbourg
Château du Haut-Koenigsbourg

Château du Haut-Koenigsbourg

Château du Haut-Koenigsbourg, Strasbourg, Alsace

The Basics

Aside from admiring the romantic spires and richly decorated façade firsthand, the highlight of a visit to the Château du Haut-Koenigsbourg is the impressive view from the hilltop. You'll spy the surrounding Vosges Mountains, Germany’s Black Forest region, and even the Swiss Alps on a clear day. Tours of the castle interiors are also available, where visitors can explore the windmill, wine cellars, living quarters, and medieval gardens, while learning about the castle’s long history of war, siege, and fire.

Tours run from nearby Strasbourg and Colmar, as well as from Basel in Switzerland, often combined with regional highlights, such as the medieval villages of Riquewihr, Colmar, and Eguisheim, or wine tasting in the Alsace wine region.

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Recent reviews from experiences in Strasbourg

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Alsace Adventure
Paul_K, Aug 2021
The Emblematic: visit of villages, Haut-Koenigsbourg, Wine tasting
Wonderful day out in the Alsacian country side with our knowledgeable guide Ana. Thanks again for everything!
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A taste of everything Colmar
Charlotte_S, Nov 2021
The Emblematic: visit of villages, Haut-Koenigsbourg, Wine tasting
This was a fantastic tour seeing all the cute little gingerbread house villages of the Colmar region and hearing interesting Alsacien stories from our guide Ana. We went to a traditional Alsacien restaurant for lunch too. The trip to Haut-Koenigsbourg castle in the snow was definitely a highlight, and the wine-tasting a nice way to finish off a big day. The only slight downside was that there were so many towns included we only had time to have a quick walking tour through most of them, without being able to stop and shop. Gréât photo opportunités though and definitely recommend
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Lovely day trip to Essential Alsace villages
JAYESH_W, Feb 2020
The Emblematic: visit of villages, Haut-Koenigsbourg, Wine tasting
This day trip surpassed all my expectations despite of rainy conditions. Big thanks to Anna and Eric !

Things to Know Before You Go

  • It’s possible to visit independently, but guided tours and audio guides are also available.

  • The castle has a gift shop, restaurant, and plenty of free parking.

  • Plan at least two hours to visit the castle, especially if you want to explore the interiors.

  • The exterior areas of the castle are wheelchair accessible, but most of the interior areas are accessed by steps.

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How to Get There

Château du Haut-Koenigsbourg is located around 34 miles (55 kilometers) southwest of Strasbourg in France’s Alsace region. From March to December, shuttle buses run to the castle from Sélestat train station, which can be reached by direct train from Strasbourg (about a 20-minute journey).

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When to Get There

The castle is open year-round, but it can get extremely busy in July and August. To avoid the crowds, get there before opening at 8am or after 3pm, when most of the day-trippers have already left.

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Architectural Highlights of High Koenigsbourg Castle

Although originally built in the 12th century for the German Hohenzollern family, the majority of the current castle dates back to the 19th century, when it was extensively restored and renovated by Kaiser Wilhelm II. The masterwork of architect Bodo Ebhardt, it’s a feast of medieval architecture, with a dramatic drawbridge and keep, the grand bastion artillery platform, and wooden galleries filled with collections of armory, weaponry, antique furnishings, and stunning frescoes.

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