THE CASTLE OF HAUT-KOENIGSBOURG
Up on the heights of Orschwiller, the outline of this imposing building can be seen from far across the plain. You can't come to Alsace without paying a visit to one of its most popular monuments.
It offers an outstanding view and in clear weather you can sometimes see the Alps…
A Middle Age Castle
When you enter the Castle of Haut-Koenigsbourg through its main gate, you embark on a journey back into the Middle Ages.
Its courtyard, forge, mill, spiral staircases, drawbridges, arms room, keep and canons are constant reminders of the original purpose of this mountaintop fortress.
Built in the 12th century, over the years it belonged to a series of illustrious owners. It was Emperor William II who decided to restore it.
Journey back through the years and listen to the stories of its 900-year history told to you by Marguerite the nursemaid, Ameline the blacksmith’s sister, Florine the apothecary or one of the other characters straight out of the Middle Ages. A unique experience to help you immerse yourself in the daily life and the peculiarities of living in a mediaeval castle.
Did you know that the Castle of Haut-Koenigsbourg has also proved a source of inspiration for the film industry ?
It was used as a film location for the film "La Grande Illusion", but also "Les aventures d'Arsène Lupin" by Jacques Becker, not to mention a number of scenes from the film "Agent trouble" by Jean-Pierre Mocky.
Its unique atmosphere has fascinated many artists. Come along and discover the charm of this amazing Alsatian site for yourself !
Nearby, you can also visit the Volerie des Aigles (Eagle Park) and the Montagne des Singes (Monkey Mountain).