Château du Wasigenstein

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Château du Wasigenstein

The Château du Wasigenstein is a ruined castle in the commune of Niedersteinbach in the Bas-Rhin département of France.

History[edit]

The site was first known as the centre of the German legend of Waltharius in the 10th century.

The castle is state property and has been listed since 1898 as a monument historique by the French Ministry of Culture.[1]

Two castles were built here in the 13th century each dependent on the other.

Key points[edit]

  • at Grand-Wasigenstein, the former cistern, the keep, well-built rooms, etc.
  • at Petit-Wasigenstein, a habitable keep with a thick walls, an enormous windlass capable of lifting considerable loads
  • access stairways cut into the rock: a monumental architectural work provided a steep ascent to the summits
  • a rift fault, separating the two castles ("the fault of Walther")
  • alveolar and cathedral-like erosion on the south face of the rocky outcrop
  • a viewpoint over the Langenbach valley and towards Obersteinbach

Access[edit]

From the Wengelsbach pass on the D 190, parking at Wasigenstein, a footpath of the Club Vosgien, signposted with red ractangles, leads to the castle.

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References[edit]

This article incorporates information from this version of the equivalent article on the French Wikipedia.

Coordinates: 49°2′52″N 7°42′6″E / 49.04778°N 7.70167°E / 49.04778; 7.70167