• Workshop for school and youth groups "Fighting in the Middle Ages"

Workshop for school and youth groups "Fighting in the Middle Ages"

 - Haut-Koenigsbourg castle, Alsace, France

Tour description

Thanks to the restoration of the château du Haut-Koenigsbourg at the beginning of the 20th century, students have a ready-made teaching tool which will enable them to better understand life in a medieval mountain fortress. The heritage workshop programme is divided between time spent visiting the castle and more 'in-depth' and 'hands-on' activities in the on-site classroom.

During this workshop, you will be introduced to the art of war in the Middle Ages through the discovery of various weapons, defensive architecture and a closer look at the lives of the knightly class and the rules that governed them. You will also learn about how the defence of a mountain fortress was organized. By visiting militarily important places like the armoury, you'll find out more about pole arms, cutting and thrusting weapons, suits of armour and firearms, together with a collection of cannons. Moreover, by looking closely at the castle walls, you will begin to realize just how complex - and effective - the château's defensive systems are.

Back in the classroom, you will have a chance to handle artefacts and modern-day copies of swords and coats of armour so as to see what materials were used in their production. Another of the goals of this workshop is to explode some of the common myths and preconceptions surrounding this subject.

You will receive a series of hand-outs at the end of the workshop which will allow you to continue studying this topic in class.

Hours of departure are defined during the reservation.

Visitor categories

  • school or educational groups,School or educational groups,



Opening times

to Every day at 09h30 et 13h30
to Every day at 09h30 et 13h30

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


Those workshops are not proposed in case of to many visitors.


  • 2 € per youngster + 72€ per workshop

Free for 1 accompanying adult per 5 youngsters. Additional adults: 7 €

Practical information

Duration: 2h
Maximum of 30 children per group
Age: 6-18

Guided tour


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 - Haut-Koenigsbourg castle, Alsace, France