Chateau du Hohlandsbourg, Wintzenheim

The Château de du Hohlandsbourg is a ruined castle in the commune of Wintzenheim, near Colmar, in the Haut-Rhin département of France. It is open to the public between Easter and 11 November.HistoryThe construction of the castle, on the order of the Provost of Colmar, Siegfried de Gundolsheim, dates from 1279. The site, 620 m above sea level, allowed for surveillance of Colmar and its region. In 1281, the townspeople of Colmar revolted and set fire to the castle with the help of the Bailiff, Otton d'Ochenstein.The castle came under the control of the Ensisheims before being given in 1410 as a fiefdom to the, then Counts of Lupfen, who enlarged it. In the 16th century, the castle belonged to Lazarus von Schwendi, general of the Holy Roman Empire, who, it is said, brought Tokay vines from Hungary to Alsace. He enlarged and strengthened the castle.With Alsace becoming French at the end of the Thirty Years' War, the castle welcomed troops who blew it up in 1637 to prevent it falling into the hands of an Austrian army.It has been listed since 1840 as a monument historique by the French Ministry of Culture. The castle was restored during the 1990s to become a cultural and historical centre.
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  • At first we were excited about visiting this castle. But after a steep 15 minute walk up a paved road leading to the castle, our initial excitement quickly turned to disappointment. The castle is...  more »
  • If you plan to travel to Colmar area and interested in historical sites, you can't miss this one. First of all because of its spectacular view and secondly because it's a great restauration of...  more »
  • Very nice castle they have activities for the kids at least in August when we went. You can reach the caste by hicking, walking on the road or by car you can park 5min walking to the entrance. I fully recommend to go. Also the little restaurant have nice dishes, Ice cream and coffee.
  • Not as good as I had hoped for. Castle and exhibit: relatively large, but mostly in ruin. The exhibits were not attractive enough, and very scarce. The garden area was closed too. The good thing is the view at the top. It was great. The history was also pretty good. Food & drink: the restaurant had a strict opening hours and didn't publicize them clearly. Parking: there are three car parking areas. With varying distances to the castle. Getting to the castle by car wasn't very convenient. The road was small and winding.
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