The Wasenbourg

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Go up to Wasenbourg

Going up to Wasenbourg from Niederbronn is a superb walk, whatever the season. Two years ago we were there in the fog of December 25 : the castle appeared ghostly, majestic in the fog.

Today I did it in slightly rainy weather, with brief clearings: the magic operates as soon as we get away from the national road. The forest of colorful deciduous trees, the steep and mossy slopes, the large rocks scattered at the edge of the path (where our dear badgers nest, who are fortunately not huntable in Alsace), everything contributes to make the 3 km climb pleasant. When you arrive on the plateau where the huge shield wall rises, the view widens over the plain of Alsace, and you take in your eyes. 260 M vertical drop over a little over 3 km … It’s not too complicated!

In your room, a book …

A history buff, Mr Soler, wrote a little book on this beautiful ruin: “Si la Wasenbourg m’être contée”. Each room at La Renardière has a copy available to guests. Wasenbourg is part of our local culture.

What the Alsace Fortresses website says

The name of Fasenburgo (Wasenburg) is mentioned for the first time between 731 and 739. At that time and in this precise case, this name in “- burg” does not reveal the existence of a castle, but of Roman ruins.

Frédéric de Wasenbourg – who adopted the name of the castle – is cited in 1272. He is probably not the builder, but rather the lord or the bailiff. Wasenbourg was owned by the Sires of Lichtenberg in 1335, then by the Sires of Burn in 1378. During the so-called Bitche War (1398), the troops of the city of Strasbourg seized it and used it as a point of support against the lords of Bitche with whom the city is at war before returning it to its owners. The castle was bought by the Lichtenbergs in 1400.

In 1435, the place became, for an unknown reason, a stronghold of the bishop of Strasbourg which the Lichtenbergs still owned until 1480: when this lineage died out, this are the Deux-Ponts – Bitche who inherit it. However, it is not known whether the castle was still inhabited at the beginning of the 16th century. Wasenbourg was in ruins in 1592.

Site occupied since Antiquity. The house and the courtyard are protected by a large shield wall (4m thick). Inside the building, a frieze decorated with a human head (13th century). Large bay with 9 pointed lancets upstairs.

SOURCE: CHATEAUX FORTS D’ALSACE Very well designed site which lists the many castles in the region.

Small tips:

  • Going on weekdays and off season allows you to have the whole site to yourself. In summer, do not fear slightly rainy days for the same reasons. These photos are taken in November, under a beneficial rain.
  • Always wear walking shoes, even in summer and even in our “little” mountains. The sandstone of the Vosges is slippery when it rains, and the stones of the paths roll under your feet.
  • Meeting the Friends of Wasenbourg who create nice events around the castle in summer is also a way to discover it lively.

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