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Haut-Koenigsbourg Castle is one of the most popular monuments in France with 600,000 visitors per year. Built in the 12th century, the Castle occupied a strategic position. Its purpose was to watch over the wine and wheat routes to the North and the silver and salt routes from West to East. It was reduced to ruins by the Swedes during the Thirty Years' War and then abandoned. In 1899, Kaiser Wilhelm II decided to rebuild the castle entirely with the aim of turning it into a museum and at the same time a symbol of Alsace's return to Germany. Although the Castle has been rebuilt recently, it faithfully respects the architecture of the Middle Ages. Inside, the beautifully refined rooms are decorated with mural paintings, Renaissance furniture and enormous cast-iron stoves. There is an impressive collection of weaponry from the Middle Ages in the basement with crossbows, all types of swords and armour.
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Restaurants on site: Yes
Package visits offered: Free visit, Self-guided visit with documents in French, Visit with guide tool, Guided tour for individuals, Guided tour for groups with reservation
Practical services: Group reception, Shops /Sale of goods, Bus stop, Local tourist information, Shuttle service, Open to individual clients
Animals accepted: No
Length of visit/event: 1h30 min
Facilities: Private car park, Bus park, Toilets
Equipment required: Walking shoes, Warm clothes, Wet weather clothing
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Location: At the edge of the forest, Isolated, Mountain, Panoramic view
Distance and name of nearest railway station (km): 12 km - Sélestat
Altitude (m): 757
Accessibility: On a route that is accessible by bus
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Opening hours: January-February, November-December: 9.30-12.00 and 13.00-16.30 / March and October: 9.30- 17.00 / April, May and September: 9.15-17.15 / June, July and August: 9.15-18.00 / Closed on January 1, May 1, December 25 and Mondays from November to February.
Temporarily closed: 1 january, 1 may, 25 december
Methods of payment: Credit card, Cheque, Holiday vouchers, Cash
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