Because of the long and relentless wars against Germany, The French region of Alsace has an amazing selection of impressive castles and fortified towns.
Here is a selection of the most interesting castles to visit:
The Haut-Koenigsbourg Castle: With its majestic architecture and its incredible views across the Alsatian plain, it's hardly a surprise that this is one of France's most popular monuments in terms of visitor numbers. More than 600,000 people visit this site each year
The Castle of Hohlandsbourg: With a length of 100 and a width of 60 m, this is Alsace's largest fortified castle. A large number of events are held here throughout the year. The site offers an incredible 360° view across the plains and the Vosges.
The Castle of Fleckenstein: Built in the 12th century in what is today the Northern Vosges Regional Nature Park, the Castle of Fleckenstein was once an impenetrable fortress. Today, this is Alsace's most frequently visited unrestored castle.
The three castles of Ribeauvillé: As the main town on the wine route, Ribeauvillé is the starting point of a 9 km trail which includes Ribeauvillé's three castles. Discover mediaeval architecture as you explore this attractive wine producing area!
The Castle of La Petite Pierre: Built during the 12th century, this castle was extensively modernised by Vauban in 1684. The castle occupied a strategic location making it possible to control the routes running between Alsace and Lorraine.
The Castle of Spesbourg: Built in 1247, the castle has a large, square, 24 m high keep in addition to an inner courtyard. The site features a level of refinement rarely seen in the 14th century.
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