Château de Rathsamhausen

Ottrott, France

Two magnificent ruins dominate the Plain of Alsace above the village of Ottrott. Two medieval castles, separated by some ten metres, as if confronting each other: Rathsamhausen and Lutzelbourg.

The construction of the newer castle, known in the middle of the 16th century as Rathsamhausen, was begun by the beginning of the 13th under Otto of Burgundy who had decided to take back control of the region.

'Old Lutzelbourg' was destroyed between 1470 and 1570, probably in 1525 during the War of the Boorish, whereas Rathsamhausen was successively enfeoffed in 1424 to Henri de Hohenstein and then to his son-in-law, Daniel de Mullenheim.

Important Renaissance style renovation works were begun by the Mullenheims between 1520 and 1530. Conrad de Rathsamhausen finally bought back the castle by 1557 from Caspar de Mullenheim. The castle was plundered and ruined during the Thirty Years' War.

Rathsamhausen has a keep that is unique in Alsace and its significant remains give visitors a good understanding of how its inhabitants used to live.



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Ottrott, France
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Founded: 13th century
Category: Castles and fortifications in France
Historical period: Late Capetians (France)


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Carl Nys (8 months ago)
When pictures say more than words. This is not only a beautifull ruin, it's also great environment with a fabulous view. On top of the hill are 2 ancient fortresses, side by side. Volunteers are at work every saturday. From the parking, it's a 30 minutes walk through the forest to the top of the hill. You will not regret.
Nicolas Dibla (10 months ago)
A magnificent place to visit set up on the heights of the Vosges mountains and overlooking the plane of Alsace, you'll discover the very well preserved ruins of 2 medieval castles after a 35 minutes scenery hick. Easily accessible for families with kids and dog friendly. The castle ruins are open to visit during the weeekays from Tuesday to Saturday included, from 09h00 to 17h00.
Mateo (12 months ago)
I think i worked on this castle in 1997 when i was a student, and lived in that little cabin, for one month. I went through a groups called "Chantier d'études médiévales à Strasbourg." it was a really fascinating experience, i was 20 years old and we were about 15 students from 8 or 9 countries. There was an absolutely insane Serbian foreman running the project. The guy in charge of the students was Benoit, he was doing his national military seevice. We could walk to Ottrott in 20 minutes and to Mont St Odile in about 2 hours. I think i went there 4 or 5 times, such an amazing hike and destination. I will scan my photos and upload them here, they're from August 1997. We worked on the walls and the garden, and the worst part by far was pulling out the stinging nettles. Also, we had no electricity and almost no water. I bathed once a week, it was disgusting lol. But totally worth it!
Raoul Warken (4 years ago)
nice place old castle
Joshua Harvey (5 years ago)
Still not available for public. Seems you can make appointment.
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