Château de Schœneck

Dambach, France

Château de Schœneck, probably built at the end of the 13th century, is located a rocky crest. It was certainly built at the instigation of the Hohenstaufens for hunting brigands taking refuge in the area. Destroyed around 1280, it was rebuilt in 1286 and is mentioned in 1287 as the property of the Bishop of Strasbourg, ally of the Habsburgs. He entrusted the upkeep to the Lichtenbergs and pledged its allegiance to Schœneck.

The castle was restored between 1335 and 1390 to adapt it to the progress of artillery. It was modernised between 1545 and 1547 by the Exkbrechts of Durckheim, who had held the fiefdom since 1517. The castle was finally destroyed in 1680 by French troops, on the order of Louis XIV and, after the French Revolution, the ruins were bought by the Dietrich family.

A small vaulted door and a larger entrance flanked by two 16th century bastions with cannon holes are still visible. The remains of the manor buildings appear as a Lombard frieze, notably because of the bay windows on the upper level outside the western curtain wall, with their narrow semi-circular arches. To the west, a rectilinear curtain wall closes the lower courtyard while, in the east, a long wall is flanked by two towers.



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

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Nicolas Ehrismann (2 years ago)
A place full of history ! There is also renovation taking place from a group of very dedicated volunteer craftsmen. Definitely a place to see !
Nadine Duhayer (4 years ago)
Very nice for a little adventure in nature.
monica pronzini (4 years ago)
Fascinating ruins of a 12th century castle in the woods. Footpaths nearby. Free entry. You can climb up to the top.
Jean-Claude Linossi (5 years ago)
Interesting old castle ruin. Have been to these ruins several times.
Andrea Riba (5 years ago)
A nice surprise, unexpectedly "well" preserved
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