Tour of the medieval garden

 - Haut-Koenigsbourg castle, Alsace, France

Tour description

As was customary in medieval times, the medieval garden at the château du Haut-Koenigsbourg is protected by fences and hedges. It is planted according to a pattern of rectangles and squares and lined with wicker borders. The garden as a whole is divided into several distinct sections with very specific roles.

For example, there is a vegetable garden with "root" vegetables, "leaf" vegetables and sweet-smelling herbs; a "garden of simples" or "physic garden" containing plants with medicinal virtues; a "Mary garden" where flowers and fruits that were associated with Christianity were planted and a "magical garden" featuring plants that were supposed to have magical properties.

Some plants used in medieval times for food or other purposes, together with a few wild plants, have been added to the garden's square plots. As such, the château du Haut-Koenigsbourg's garden is a contemporary reconstruction of what a 15th century garden might have looked like.

Visitor categories

  • Individuals with childIndividuals with child,
  • IndividualsIndividuals,
  • Visitors with auditory impairment (individuals)Visitors with auditory impairment (individuals),
  • Mentally handicapped visitors (individuals)Mentally handicapped visitors (individuals),
  • Visitors with visual impairment (individuals)Visitors with visual impairment (individuals),

Languages

French, German, Italian, English, Czech, Spanish, Russian, Japanese, Chinese, Dutch, Swedish, Esperanto, Danish, Portuguese

Opening times

to Every day de 09h15 à 17h15
to Every day de 09h15 à 18h00
to Every day de 09h15 à 17h15

The castle is open all year round except 1 January, 1 May, and 25 December.

Prices

Entry to the medieval garden is free.

Practical information

It may be visited during château opening hours.
The garden may be closed in adverse weather conditions.

Guided tour

No

Special event

No

Bookings

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 - Haut-Koenigsbourg castle, Alsace, France