Château des Rohan

Mutzig, France

The Château des Rohan is a former castle and weapons factory now serving as a museum and cultural centre in the French town of Mutzig. The castle's history goes back to the fortification of the town in 1274 by Rudolph of Habsburg. The medieval castle was heavily destroyed by the Swedes in 1632, during the Thirty Years' War, after having already been assaulted by Ernst von Mansfeld's troops in 1622. The city's and castle's masters, during these times marked by frequent battles and rivalries between feudal families, were alternatively and sometimes simultaneously the bishops of Strasbourg and the House of Zweibrücken.

The castle as it now appears is a Baroque structure. It was inaugurated in its present shape in 1673 to serve as the residence of the bishop of Strasbourg, Franz Egon of Fürstenberg. Fürstenberg was succeeded by his brother Wilhelm Egon von Fürstenberg. After the family of Rohan took over the bishopric of Strasbourg, the castle served as a residence to the dukes Armand Gaston, François-Armand, Louis Constantin and Louis René Édouard de Rohan, between 1704 and 1790.

However, after the completion of the Palais Rohan of Strasbourg in 1742, the château, which had already been rivalled by the residences in Saverne, became only of secondary importance to the family. Mutzig's castle was disowned and pillaged during the French Revolution. In 1799, it was bought by the arms manufacturers, brothers Coulaux of Klingenthal who in 1801 opened their weapons factory in its walls.

The factory ran until the outbreak of the Franco-Prussian War in 1870. The castle was fortified again by the Germans in 1893. Today, the castle houses a cinema and a library as well as, since 1996, the municipal museum Musée régional d'armes displaying a vast collection of historic rifles.



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Founded: 1673
Category: Castles and fortifications in France

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Julien LAEMMEL (11 months ago)
Magnificent place, steeped in history, discovered by doing an ephemeral escape game organized by Magiscape Games.... To see if you pass by the area ;-)
Chris H (2 years ago)
Atypical cinema whose only room with exposed beams and still old-fashioned but very comfortable, is located in the Château des Rohan, which makes the place original and friendly
Jaimes Madeira (5 years ago)
Magnificent, I did several weddings there as a chef at Dujardin Traiteur. What a beautiful place for a reception. A real castle to get married!
giampaolo bussoni (6 years ago)
This beautiful small town 18/20 km from Strasbourg is worth wasting some time to visit. In addition to the castle there are buildings dating back to the end of the 19th century at the beginning of industrialization. Then there are the museums. If you visit in the summer, I recommend going up to Fort Mutzig, a masterpiece of wartime architecture dating back to the First World War 1914. The visit lasts 2 hours and 30 minutes and is guided and there is info in Italian.
Lucien Klotz (7 years ago)
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