After our lovely weekend trip from Colmar we head back to Stuttgart and along the way James and I made time to see this 12th century castle known as Chateau du Haut-Koenigsbourg. Much to our surprise, if you get there early in the morning, like we did, from the overlook, you will witness a heavy fog almost like faint clouds scattered over the town that is below this castle, it's so mesmerizing. The self-directed audio tour allows you to wander through this vast facility at your own pace. It takes two to three hours to thoroughly see this massive fortress that has been beautifully renovated, restored and furnished. Arrive at the gun tower it commands a spectacular view.
We had lunch at the castle's restaurant La Taverne du Haut-Koenigsbourg which boasts dining prepared from an Alsatian medieval kitchen. The fresh salad is organic and there are several varieties of pie to include vegetarian which I ordered and it was delicious!
This medieval castle is located at Alsace, France in the Vosges Mountains. It is strategically located on a rocky spur overlooking the Upper Rhine Plain and used by successive powers from the middle Ages until the Thirty Years' War when it was abandoned. From 1900 to 1908 it was rebuilt at the command of the German emperor Wilhelm II.
An interesting fact is parts of the 1937 movie “The Grand Illusion” by Jean Renoir were filmed at Haut-Koenigsbourg.
Here are a few photos from our trip to the Chateau du Haut-Koenigsbourg.