Visit to the Haut-Koenigsbourg

A visit to the castle of the Haut-Koenigsbourg in Alsace.

The Haut-Koenigsbourg has long been a ruined castle. After the loss of Alsace-Lorraine in 1870 by the France and its annexation by Germany the Emperor Guillaume II wanted to make a gesture to show his good will toward the Alsatians: he decided to rebuild the Koenigsbourg Castle.

The reconstruction was fast for a site like this, in seven years from 1901 to 1908 the major part of the castle was restored. The reconstruction was carried out with the most modern techniques at the time (railway, electricity...).

Access to the castle is easy by car. Many parking lots are available. The visit is not very long, the whole visit lasts only 3 hours. Try to avoid the high-season there are too many tourists.

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Duration: 3 h.

Outside the castle

Outside the castle
The castle can be visited throughout the year.

The Kaiser room

The Kaiser room
'It''s the most beautiful room of the Castle, it is decorated with magnificent medieval frescoes. This room has been created from scratch during the restoration of the Castle. '

The hunting trophies room

The hunting trophies room
Many weapons are exhibited in this room.

The Empress bedroom

The  Empress bedroom
'The name given to this room is only indicative, it has never been the antechamber of the Empress because it''s a very dark room facing north. In the Middle Ages it was used for the guests.'

The ramparts

The ramparts
Under the roof you can see a collection of guns.

The castle

The castle
Beware the Castle receives many visitors each year. You must visit it early in the morning or in low season to avoid the rush. The castle is not very large, it’s not pleasant when there are too much people.

The stairs of the “Great illusion” movie

The stairs of the “Great illusion” movie
Start of the walk (Google Maps)

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