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Medieval castles in Alsace.

Castle Fleckenstein is located in the northernmost part of Alsace (France), where it towers 340 metres above the surrounding fields and forests. Built in the early 12th century, almost certainly by the imperial Hohenstaufen dynasty, it was lived in from 1129 by the Fleckensteins, who later became one of the region's most powerful ruling families. Long reputed impregnable, this imposing fortress was finally destroyed by Louis XIV's troops in 1689. Its awe-inspiring ruins have withstood the ravages of time, and still have power to fascinate the 60 000 visitors who visit the site every year.

The château du Haut-Kœnigsbourg is located at Orschwiller, Alsace, France, in the Vosges mountains just west of Sélestat. The castle is nestled at a strategic location on a high hill overlooking the Alsatian plain; as a result it was used by successive powers from the Middle Ages until the Thirty Years' War when it was abandoned. In 1900 it was restored under the direction of Emperor Wilhelm II. Today it is a major tourist attraction, located on the Alsace wine route.





Castle Fleckenstein.
Castle Fleckenstein.
entrance
entrance
castle stairs.
castle stairs.
shadows
shadows
la roue
la roue
le Falkenstein
le Falkenstein
érosion
érosion
erosion
erosion
le Falkenstein 1
le Falkenstein 1
the entry.
the entry.
the entry 2
the entry 2
the entry 3
the entry 3
view from the castle.
view from the castle.
view from the castle.
view from the castle.
La chapelle du Haut-Barr
La chapelle du Haut-Barr
La chapelle du Haut-Barr -2
La chapelle du Haut-Barr -2
ruins
ruins
le Haut Koenigsbourg.
le Haut Koenigsbourg.
the entry
the entry
Castle Haut-Koenigsbourg.
Castle Haut-Koenigsbourg.
Haut-Koenigsbourg castle.
Haut-Koenigsbourg castle.
Ht Koenigsbourg
Ht Koenigsbourg
Ht Koenigsbourg by night.
Ht Koenigsbourg by night.
le chateau du Landsberg
le chateau du Landsberg
le Seigneur de ce Chateau...
le Seigneur de ce Chateau...
le chateau de Lichtenberg
le chateau de Lichtenberg
le chateau de Wasigenstein
le chateau de Wasigenstein
chateau de Wasigenstein 2
chateau de Wasigenstein 2
detail of a wall of the castle
detail of a wall of the castle
a room of the castle
a room of the castle
le chateau de Wasigenstein 12ème siècle
le chateau de Wasigenstein 12ème siècle
chateau de Wasigenstein #3
chateau de Wasigenstein #3
chateau de Wasigenstein #4
chateau de Wasigenstein #4
le château du Haut-Barr
le château du Haut-Barr
Château St Ulrich
Château St Ulrich