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.