Château de Rothenbourg

Philippsbourg, France

The Château de Rothenbourg is a ruined castle in the commune of Philippsbourg. The castle, built on a hill called Rothenberg or Rodenberg, dates back to the 9th century. Around 912, the Bishop of Strasbourg, Otbert, pursued by rebellious subjects, took refuge at Rathburg which is perhaps Rothenburg, and was assassinated there shortly after.

The castle was certainly built by the Duke of Lorraine in the 13th century, and is constructed of dressed sandstone. At the end of the 13th century, it passed to the Counts of Zweibrücken-Bitsch. In the 14th century, Rothenburg partly belonged to Count Walram of Zweibrücken-Bitsch who gave it as a fiefdom in 1353 to Gerhard Harnasch von Weisskirchen.

In 1368, Rothenburg was taken and destroyed by the Strasbourgeois.

The castle seems to have given its name to the Blick de Rothenburg family, who held several fiefs from the Lords of Bitche, and who died out in 1749.



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Philippsbourg, France
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Founded: 9th century AD
Category: Castles and fortifications in France
Historical period: Frankish kingdoms (France)

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Rainer Kinzinger (2 years ago)
Great rock spur on which the castle once stood, not much is left of it.
Sébastien LETT (3 years ago)
beautiful ruins
frédéric Spieldenner (3 years ago)
Nice little trail to get there
Thierry Dollinger (3 years ago)
Ruin of which there is not much left. No access to the summit part.
Maria (7 years ago)
A small but nice walk to the ruin. Truly a ruin, because there is not much left of it and it is not very accessible. Still nice to have a walk there.
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