Haut Koenigsbourg CastleCastle Haut Koenigsbourg
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Immerse yourself in a historical setting of architectural and interior design. Its omnipresent draw bridges, armory, keep and cannon are reminiscent of the purposes of this hill fort, which has been repeatedly sieged, ruined and plundered since its inception. After 1633, this representative fort was given up and in 1899 handed over by the city of Sélestat to Emperor Wilhelm II of Hohenzollern.
It entrusted the restoration of the castle to the architec Bodo Ebhardt, a renowned expert in mediaeval fortification. The restoration satisfies his fascination for the Middle Ages, while he dreams of a comeback to the old German Reich. At the beginning of the twentieth c. the aim of this enormous restoration was to legitimise the reforged Hohenzollerns and to symbolize the powerful life of this new kingdom.
Today, the conservation is more appreciated for its pedagogical potential: although not quite flawless, the results are indisputably apt. People from all walks of life have the best setting to get acquainted with the castle buildings, the Middle Ages and the early twentieth c. restorations through a large selection of guided visits, guided visits, guided visits, guided visits, and guided visits.