Château du Birkenfels

Ottrott, France

The Château du Birkenfels is a ruined castle in the commune of Ottrott. Originally it was built by Burkhard Berger, a vassal of the bishop of Strasbourg, in the 13th century. The castle's position allowed surveillance of the old Roman road running from Mont Sainte-Odile to Champ du Feu and the valley of the Bruche.

The construction is dated to around 1260. The earliest recorded mention is from 1289. The entrance tower to the house and the lower courtyard are from the late 15th or early 16th century.

The castle belonged the Berger family until 1532, then to the Mundolsheim family until the French Revolution. The castle fell into ruins after the Thirty Years' War and was taken over by the town of Obernai, becoming part of the continuous forest between Obernai and Bernardswiller.

The castle is today in a poor state. Remains include the ditch, wall, keep and lower courtyard.



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Ottrott, France
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Founded: c. 1260
Category: Castles and fortifications in France
Historical period: Late Capetians (France)

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Michèle Muller (6 months ago)
Very nice, fairly easy hike, the two castles are quite close, a little less than 2.5km from each other
Joshua Harvey (8 months ago)
Easy to get to once you find the trail head. Gorgeous castle and fun to roam around. ?Please follow for more vids and pics ? ? @dqadventure ? @dragonquestadventure ? @dragonquestadventure
Maxime (9 months ago)
Very beautiful ruin of the castle of Birkenfels, access via a few tens of minutes of walk, this one is in the middle of the forest, calm and relaxing place, small shelters with picnic table available on site.
Toby Martin (3 years ago)
Out of all the ruined castles in the area this one is probably my favourite, made special by the built in toilet hidden in the castle wall. It still works, too.
Simona A (4 years ago)
Beautiful castle. Great walk through the forest
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