Château de Greifenstein

Saverne, France

The Château de Greifenstein is a ruined castle in the commune of Saverne. The Grand-Greifenstein was, without doubt, founded in the first half of the 12th century by the knight Meribodo de Greifenstein who had close links to the Ochenstein family. The Petit-Greifenstein dates from the end of the 13th century or start of the 14th century.

Visitors can distinguish two castles separated by a large ditch. The older part has the largest keep in Alsace with 13 metres a side. A renovated tower stands between the two keeps at the centre of the site. It was probably part of Grand-Greifenstein. From the terrace there is an unimpeded view of Saverne, the Château du Haut-Barr, the Château du Grand-Geroldseck, the valley of the Zorn and the Saint-Vit chapel.

To reach the castle, leave Saverne on the D132 road towards Lutzelbourg and turn right towards the Ramsthal lake. Then follow the Club Vosgien path signposted by a blue rectangle.



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Saverne, France
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Founded: 12th century
Category: Castles and fortifications in France
Historical period: Birth of Capetian dynasty (France)

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Vincent Schleiffer (8 months ago)
A small ruin lost in the forest on the heights of Saverne, you can also go to see the cave of Saint Vit which is very pretty, it makes for a nice walk.
Bluehorse John (2 years ago)
Ruins of a medieval castle unfortunately left abandoned by the town of Saverne, becoming almost inaccessible over the years. Too bad, the place is magical.
Tyra Moonlight (2 years ago)
I went there more than 3 years ago, and the place was accessible and visitable. Unfortunately, now that I've returned, this is no longer the case, but there is a sign that warns only at the end of the route. I hope they manage to restore everything anyway. Because there is a beautiful view from the tower.
Mark Deraeve (4 years ago)
The monument is in a bad state. Wooden staircase is missing 2 steps and I am sure that there will come more. nice view on top of the tower if you dare to ascend the stairs.
Sébastien offner (4 years ago)
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