Château de Hohenbourg

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Ruins of Hohenbourg

The Château de Hohenbourg is a ruined castle in the commune of Wingen, in the Bas-Rhin département of France. The Château de Hohenbourg has been listed since 1898 as a monument historique by the French Ministry of Culture.[1]

History[edit]

The castle is partly built within the rock and dates to the mid-13th century. Its origins remain obscure; the first known occupants were the Pullers, known as the Hohenbourgs. Some of their seigneuries were common to the Fleckensteins, a cause of frequent rivalries. The castle was restored at the beginning of the 16th century.

Structure[edit]

The artillery tower is a fine example of early 16th century military architecture. Also from this period is a beautiful Renaissance doorway.

From the terrasse the panorama takes in the Northern Vosges and the Palatinate.

Access[edit]

The castle can be reached from the village of Lembach along the road to Bitche and the frontier road, and finally a forest route as far as Gimbelhof. From there, a path has been constructed by the Vosges Club (Club Vosgien) marked by white lozenges in red circles.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Ministry of Culture: Château fort de Hohenbourg (in French)

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 49°3′18″N 7°47′1″E / 49.05500°N 7.78361°E / 49.05500; 7.78361