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The château du Haut-Kœnigsbourg (German Hohkönigsburg) is located at Orschwiller, Alsace, France, in the Vosges mountains just west of Sélestat. The castle sits strategically on top of a hill overlooking the Alsatian plains.

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approaching the castle from the car parking area the castle towers above you

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model of the castle

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drawing of the castle

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view from the top

For the compulsive photographer of locks and doors that I am, this castle was Paradise for there were doors with intricate lock pieces everywhere you looked

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as well as other architectural gems

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Inside it has been decorated to satisfy predominantly Germanic tastes; the castle having changed ownership between the French and Germans several times during its history

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mural depicting St George and the dragon

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mural depicting St Hubert, the patron saint of hunting

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detail of one of the ceramic-tiled heating stoves, forerunner of central heating

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the garden outside the walls is a vegetable/herb garden, also used for growing medicinal plants

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Although the castle has been extensively renovated it is still under renovation and there were parts of the castle that were closed off to the public. This photo shows the train that was used to bring building materials up to the castle and some of the workers, most of whom lived on site during the renovations in the early 1900’s.

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Comments on: "the castle of Haut Koenigsburg" (2)

  1. […] The château du Haut-Kœnigsbourg (German Hohkönigsburg) is located at Orschwiller, Alsace, France, insource […]

  2. I’d love to go there!

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