An afternoon visit to the Château du HautKoenigsbourg (Haut-Koenigsbourg Castle) was well worth the short drive from Colmar. Situated on a large hill, the castle was restored at the turn of the twentieth century by order of Kaiser Wilhelm II, who saw this enterprise as a symbol of his power in the region. As a result the castle is an interesting mix of ancient walls adorned with semi-modern fixtures and finishings.


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Within the castle were many treasures: some authentic, others not so much. I really enjoyed seeing some of the Alsatian style furniture, as well as the iconic green tiled pôeles (a central heating apparatus that served as a stove but also helped to warm up various rooms of the house).

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The tour of the castle finished in a tower at the back of the castle, from which we had a stunning view of the mountains, the valleys below and the castle itself. Fresh air, and a fresh view on the world!

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