At the heart of tourism in Alsace

KONICA MINOLTA DIGITAL CAMERA - Haut-Koenigsbourg castle, Alsace, France

Situated in the very heart of the Vosges mountains on the Route des Vins (Wine Route) between Kintzheim and Orschwiller, the château du Haut-Koenigsbourg is a potential starting point for excursions right across Alsace.

If you head towards Sélestat, Colmar and Strasbourg you will find many tourist destinations and attractions that can be reached from the château in less than an hour.

Some sights are only a few minutes away. Located on the Haut-Koenigsbourg massif itself, the Montagne des Singes (Monkey Mountain) and the Volerie des Aigles Birds of Prey park offer the chance to encounter cheeky Barbary macaques and magnificent day-flying and night-flying birds of prey.

If you travel towards Colmar, we strongly recommend you stop off in one of the many beautiful villages that are so typical of the Route des Vins: Ribeauvillé, Kaysersberg and Riquewihr are excellent examples! On arrival in Colmar, those of a romantic mindset won't be able to resist the charm of 'la Petite Venise' (Little Venice), the historic district at the heart of this Alsatian town.

Those looking for something more cosmopolitan will discover cultural, historical and gastronomical delights aplenty in the 'capital of Europe'. From the cathedral to the various EU institutions, not forgetting the Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, the musée

With historical (Historical Museum) or educational centres like the Vaisseau, Strasbourg is unquestionably a must-see destination!

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KONICA MINOLTA DIGITAL CAMERA - Haut-Koenigsbourg castle, Alsace, France

Eco-friendly action

One of the château's Agenda 21 programme goals is to 'Build on and strengthen cooperation with local authority bodies and agencies'. By implementing joint initiatives, coming together on a regular basis in the course of programmes and events organized by these diverse bodies and devising educational initiatives with local schools, the sense of a shared regional identity has been strengthened over the last few years.

This drive will be further boosted by

- initiatives organized in partnership with the body representing the '10 communes touristiques' (villages with good facilities for visitors/visitor attractions), especially in relation to the medieval gardens

- the development of joint initiatives and programmes implemented in tandem with  local cultural bodies and organizations (Museums by Night, educational initiatives)

- the consolidation of existing ties with nearby schools