1147 - First records of Castrum Estuphin
castle, built by the Hohenstaufens.
1192 - The castle becomes the Koenigsbourg
1462 - Destruction of the Habsburgs'
1479 - The castle is entrusted to the
Tiersteins, who rebuild and extend it. A modern defence system is
installed. This is the golden age of the Hohkoenigsbourg.
1633 - Siege, pillage and fire at the castle
during the Thirty Years War. The ruins are abandoned for two
hundred years, then classified as a historical monument in
1865 - The castle is acquired by the town of
1899 - Sélestat presents the castle's ruins
to Kaiser Wilhelm II, following the annexation of Alsace to Germany
1900-1908 - Wilhelm II appoints the architect
Bodo Ebhardt to oversee the complete restoration of the castle. The
work is carried out over 8 years.
1919 - Haut-Koenigsbourg becomes the property
of the French government and is awarded the status of National
1993 - The castle is entirely classified as a
historical monument and fully restored.
2007 - Ownership of the Haut-Koenigsbourg
castle is transferred to the Bas-Rhin Departmental Council within
the context of the 13 August 2004 law relative to local government
management ("libertés et responsabilités locales")