Château du Girsberg

Ribeauvillé, France

The Château du Girsberg is one of three castles (with the Château de Saint-Ulrich and the Haut-Ribeaupierre) which overlook the municipality of Ribeauvillé.

The Lords of Ribeaupierre built the castle, then named Stein (La Roche), in the 13th century. They rebuilt it after a fire caused by lightning in 1288. In 1304, they gave it to their vassals, the knights of Guirsberg, from whom the castle took its name. The Guirsbergs kept it until they died out in the 15th century. It was abandoned in the 17th century.

The remains currently visible contains 13th century pentagonal keep, inner court and corps de logis from the 14th-15th centuries.



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

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Jill Baker (6 months ago)
Whilst not as inspiring as it’s neighbouring chateau, it is a must visit whilst you’re up there for the views.
Serge Kovacs (8 months ago)
Free... Just need to climb up Allow for at least 40 minutes if you take the direct route from the parking du lutzelbach and don't be surprised to be out of breath ? Well worth it because of the views and second castle nearby
Maxime (14 months ago)
Great view on alsace and until the Black Forest. It’s a nice and easy hike to reach this castle but unfortunately it’s not possible to get inside.
Kishut “art*n*sparkle” (2 years ago)
Ohhhh, I loved this castle. I was so amazed not only at the view but about all the effort these knights had to build this castle along the mountain top. Of course I had to take a break to connect with their spirits with my pendulum and an alphabet dowsing chart. The message really touched me! "BONJOUR MADAME, WE ARE KNIGHTS OF CHÂTEAU GIERSBERG. THANK YOU FOR APPRECIATING OUR WORK IN BUILDING THIS CHÂTEAU AND YOUR ENERGY HEALING." I had felt on the way up to the château the folded fan in my hand was swinging in circles. I took it as an invitation to send healing to all the knights who have been connected with these châteaux. I got inspired to make a crystal grid for all these knights who were connected to these châteaux in the region ???
Audrea Barth (2 years ago)
Beautiful Castle Ruines and a majestic view over Ribeauville and neighbouring villages. Definitely worth the hike up.
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