Chronological milestones

pad-actu-billet.jpg - Haut-Koenigsbourg castle, Alsace, France
  • 1147 - First records of Castrum Estuphin castle, built by the Hohenstaufens.
  • 1192 - The castle becomes the Koenigsbourg "Royal castle".
  • 1462 - Destruction of the Habsburgs' castle.
  • 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 1862.
  • 1865 - The castle is acquired by the town of Sélestat.
  • 1899 - Sélestat presents the castle's ruins to Kaiser Wilhelm II, following the annexation of Alsace to Germany in 1871.
  • 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 Palace.
  • 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")
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pad-actu-billet.jpg - Haut-Koenigsbourg castle, Alsace, France