Château du Haut-Kœnigsbourg rises among the ruins

The Château du Haut-Krœnigsbourg would have slipped under our radar if not for two friendly American college students we met at dinner the other night. Sitting shoulder to shoulder, as is the custom at French sidewalk cafes, we struck up a conversation with the young men and were soon exchanging stories and travel tips. They assured us a visit to the château was a relatively inexpensive day of entertainment with never ending views of the Rhine Valley.

Although the grounds appear crowded, we had no trouble touring the château at a leisurely pace.

Renovations were completed in just eight years, from 1900 - 1908

Just a short train and bus ride from Strasbourg, our home base, the château is located on a mountaintop 2500 feet above the Rhine plain.

Construction began in 1147 and the design was originally intended to protect the junction of two important trading routes, the wheat and wine route (from north to south) and the salt and silver route (from west to east).

After suffering a turbulent history, the château was eventually destroyed in the 17th century, sitting in ruins until the early 1900s when renovations began.

Expansive views reward our climb to the artillery platform.

The view goes on forever!

Thick slabs of mozzarella cheese, sliced tomatoes, lettuce and a basil dressing all sandwiched in a baguette!

We couldn't have asked for a more scenic lunch spot!


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