Château de Kintzheim

Kintzheim, France

Kintzheim was known in the 6th century under the name of Regis Villa. The Merovingian kings had made it into the center of a vast domain including the valley of the Liepvre River and the forests of Haut-Koenigsbourg.

The construction of the castle began around 1250 on the order of Emperor Frederick II of Hohenstaufen. The keep and the rampart which belongs to it were finished at the end of the 13th century. The residential structures were built during the 14th and the 15th centuries.

In 1633, the castle was partly destroyed by the Swedes during the Thirty Years' War. Between 1650 and 1670, J. G. de Gollen restored the residential buildings and the chapel, but never actually lived in there. Between 1760 and 1780, the last resident of the castle was a hermit monk who took care of the chapel.

In 1802, the future Baron of the Second Empire, Gaetan Mathieu de Fabvier, bought the castle, and below it he built a manor house in the Directory style. Between the two structures he built a park in the English style. He created a romantic landscape garden, or jardin tableau, to highlight the view of the ruined castle, inspired by the paintings of Nicolas Poussin, Claude Lorraine and Hubert Robert.

During the 19th century, the romantic movement brought medieval castles back into style. In 1876, German architects carried out a consolidation of the ruins of Kintzheim.

Since 1968, the Château de Kintzheim has featued La volerie des aigles ('The Eagles' Nest'), which presents species of predatory birds, such as eagles, falcons and vultures, which are in danger of extinction. Spectators can attend daily flights of the birds.



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Founded: c. 1250
Category: Castles and fortifications in France
Historical period: Late Capetians (France)


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Georg Fromherz (8 months ago)
It’s inside the bird show, so no visiting without bird show operating. No that much to see as it’s a ruin.
Sam Reniers (9 months ago)
Great birds how with a great variety of species. Only in French. Great for children as well
Benjamin Myers (10 months ago)
Same location as the eagle park. Worth the time to visits and see the falconry show.
Robert Ellis (11 months ago)
We went just to see a castle and were pleasantly surprised to find that not only was the a bird presentation but we were just in time to see it. It was exhilarating. Birds soaring right over our heads. It was amazing. I highly recommend this stop.
Jacquie Hahn (2 years ago)
Not going to lie, you need sturdy footwear for this one. It's quite a hike up to the castle from car park no. 5, and I'm told it's much the same for the others. The trail was long, steep, and had the weather been different I suspect it could get quite muddy & slippery. Worth it though. The castle itself was great, but the birds are the real attraction. Absolutely get in place for one of the 3 X daily falconry displays, but not if you have a problem with birds. They get very close.
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