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Chateau du Wangenbourg, Wangenbourg

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The Château de Wangenbourg is a ruined castle in the commune of Wangenbourg-Engenthal in the Bas-Rhin département of France.

In 1504, Holy Roman Emperor Maximilien I, having vanquished the Prince-elector, Philipp, in the war of succession of Bavaria, confiscated the castle from the Lords of Wangen, cousins Hans and Stephan von Wangen, for the favor to count Tiestein, who himself gave it to the Archbishop of Strasbourg, Wilhelm III von Hohnstein, in 1516. Nevertheless, a branch of descendants of the von Wangens, Georg and Hartmann, continued to occupy the castle. Between 1535 and 1550, they reconstructed their logis in the Renaissance style (see photograph below).

From 1578, the Archbishop of Strasbourg and the lords of Wangen disputed property rights concerning the castle. The Wangens were expelled in 1578, but re-established their rights in 1595. In 1680, the castle was occupied by French troops. In 1702, it was in ruins.

Restoration of the castle started at the beginning of the 20th century, and again in 1931. The footbridge in the photograph was constructed in 1961 to replace the old drawbridge.

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  • The castle is ruins just outside the town. It is free to get ino and was only one other family around. I did not go up the tower as I don't like steps that have gaps in them (they make me feel...  more »
  • There was absolutely no one around except for us, not even staff. You can enter for free and look around and take a few hikes around the castle. Tower was closed in winter, but the fact we were...  more »
  • Nice castle to walk around. It's worth noting the tower is open 9am-6pm in summer at least. Small playground makes it a good place to visit with smaller children
  • Nice events and really cool ruins and visitable high dungeon.
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