Unlike the famous châteaux of the Loire, Renaissance châteaux, pleasure châteaux... the châteaux in Alsace are fortified, medieval châteaux. Their purpose is to defend, protect and warn. That's why you'll find the Château de Wangenbourg and the Château du Freudeneck high up in the forest.
Many of the châteaux that have endured over the years have lost their vocation, or even their stonework.
Rehabilitated in new forms, we find the castle of Westhoffen, now a house, the castle of Wangen, former stronghold of the Lords of the same name, the Square Tower, emblem of the town of Wasselonne or Marlenheim with its castle located in the town centre which takes the form of a beautiful and large residence.
Ramparts are part of the landscape and form the centre of towns and villages. They are veritable defensive walls, built with skill and strategy to protect both inhabitants and lords. Once past the ramparts, you'll find yourself in the historic centre.
A few curiosities
Medieval heritage isn't just about castles and fortifications - there's so much more to discover! Here are just a few examples of what you might come across on your way...