Château du Nouveau-Windstein

Windstein, France

The Château du Nouveau-Windstein is a ruined castle located on a hill west of the commune of Windstein. The late Romanesque and early Gothic style proves that the castle must have already existed in the first half of the 13th century.

In the 14th and 15th centuries it was the joint property of the lords of Windstein with other families, such as the lords of Lichtenberg, the counts of Leiningen, the Electorate of the Palatinate and the Eckebrechts of Dürkheim. The lords of Windstein was extinguished when Hans Ostertags of Windstein died in 1480.

From the second half of the 17th century the castle was the sole possession of the Eckebrecht family of Dürkheim, but was destroyed in 1676 by the French after an unsuccessful defence by the Electoral Palatine colonel, Wolf Friedrich von Dürkheim. It was not rebuilt.

Today there are still extensive ruins, such as the (no longer accessible) keep of the upper ward with its shield wall, the remains of buildings in the lower ward and a barbican.

Unlike many other rock castles, only a few elements have been hewn out of the Bunter sandstone rock on which it is built. The foundation rock is also not as large as that of a typical rock castle. As a result, there are still massive walls made of rusticated ashlar.



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

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Katerina Jerabkova (4 years ago)
There is nice view from the top
Sarah C (4 years ago)
These ruins are easy to access. Just a quick, easy walk up a fairly steep hill.
Jean-Claude Linossi (5 years ago)
Very impressive castle ruin. Have been to these ruins several times.
Escobaria Gracilis (7 years ago)
There are 2 castle ruins here, the old and new Windstein.
Michael Berlin (11 years ago)
30 min drive from niederbronn les bains. Short 5 min hike up to chateau ruins. Park on side of dirt road. Excellent views!
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