Château de Hohbarr

Saverne, France

The Château de Hohbarr (Haut-Barr) is a medieval castle, first built in 1100, above the city of Saverne in what is now the French département of Bas-Rhin. It was built on sandstone rock 460m above the valley of Zorn and the plain of Alsace. Because of this, it has been called the eye of Alsace.

The current castle was built in 1583 by Jean de Manderscheid. The Peace of Westphalia mandated the destruction of several castles, including Hohbarr, but after the beginning of the War of the Spanish Succession, in 1701, the fortress was back in use. It was abandoned around 1770, but the vault continued to be occupied until the French Revolution.


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Saverne, France
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Founded: 16th century
Category: Castles and fortifications in France


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Guido Coenders (9 months ago)
A lot of ruined castles around in Alsace. This one is relatively easy to get to and the views from it are great. No entry fee! There is a restaurant here too if you want a small drink or bite.
Rosalind Evans (10 months ago)
Fabulous old ruined castle with a 5 star restaurant ?
A S (11 months ago)
Free and awesome with cool restaurant up top views were beautiful
Michael Beck (13 months ago)
By far my favorite castle in Alsace. Sitting on a large red stone rock this castle gives us a glimpse at the engineering that's was involved in building massive structures in difficult conditions about 1,000 years ago. I always imagine how it felt centuries ago to stand up there and see the Strasbourg cathedral in the distance. Wow. And you may want to give a try to the restaurant Là Haut right in the middle of the castle. Foods great, people are welcoming, views are breathtaking.
Tracie Tan (6 years ago)
A well restored castle that is easy to explore on your own. All the signs with information on the exhibits are in English too. Even though we went at what Google said was the busiest time of day, the castle wasn’t crowded and there was parking easily available along the road leading up to the castle. There is also an amazing view from the castle so try to go when it isn’t too cloudy.
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