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Moscow, Moskva, Russia
March 17, 2012
From journal birthplace of true knights
by UK Flower Girl
Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
March 9, 2004
This castle has a colorful history; I will offer it to you in brief form. The castle was originally founded in the first half of the 12th century by Frederic II of Hohenstaufen. In the 13th century, the dukes of Lorraine took possession of the castle. It was besieged and destroyed in 1462. In 1479, the castle ruins are entrusted to the Thierstein (Tierstein) brothers who built a new castle. They changed the castle and adapted it to the current artillery uses. When the last Thiersten family member dies with no descendant, Maximillien I takes possession. In 1633, the Swedes at war with Austria in the Thirty Years War, the castle is destroyed. In 1865, the ruin and forests are acquired by the town of Sélestat In May, 1899, the town of Sélestat gifts the ruins to the emperor of Germany, Guillaume II. In 1900-01, Bodo Ebhardt starts the medieval-style restoration and completes it by 1908.
The day we visited the free parking was not a problem. We parked along the street and took a short forest walk up to the entrance. By the time we left the castle, there were people taking quite a long walk to get up to the castle. *Get there early*
It is truly a fairy-tale castle and one of Alsace’s most visited sights. The views from the castle are incredible. You can see Germany’s Black Forest clearly across the valley and the castle, at times, sits above the clouds on a misty morning. The times I have visited this area, it was very misty with low clouds burning of in the afternoons.
This is a fun castle to visit as there is plenty of space outside to run around and play. There is plenty of walking space and exploring to do. There is a one-way system guiding you through all open areas of the castle. There is enough space for people to get around you if you want to stop and browse for a while.
The entrance fee is not overwhelming. As I recall it was something like 7 Euros per adult. It is open almost every day of the year (closed 25 Dec, 1 Jan and 1 May). It is open from around 9:30am-around 5pm depending on the season (June-August it is open longer).
From journal Lovely Alsace