Lichtenberg Castle Tour


Gratuit avec le Alsace Pass

t was in the 13th century that the Lichtenberg family really built this Castle on a hill at an altitude of 400 m. The castle was a strategic place when Vauban decided to reinforce it in order to make it one of the key points in the Northern Vosges defence system. The Castle has a troubled history being overwhelmed by Louis XIV's troops at the time Alsace was annexed to France and bombarded by the German army in 1870. However, the ruins of the fortress are among the most beautiful in the region.

The 16th­century Gothic­style chapel is particularly worth a visit. The marble mausoleum is one of the most beautiful in Renaissance Alsace. A monumental stairway leads you up to the tops of the towers. From here, you can catch a glimpse of the spire of the Strasbourg Cathedral.

A tour map in three languages (French, German, English) is available at the reception desk.


March-April: Tuesday to Sunday, 10am to 5pm. 

May-June: Tuesday to Sunday, 10am to 6pm and public holidays. Exceptionally closed on Friday 3 May.

July-August: 7 days a week, Monday to Sunday, 10am to 6pm.

September-October (until 13 October 2024): Tuesday to Sunday, 10am to 5pm. Exceptionally closed from 14 to 19 October.
From 19 October to 3 November 2024 (7 days a week): Halloween at the château


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Lichtenberg Castle

The castle is mentioned for the first time in 1206 as being the property of the lords of Lichtenberg. It was in 1480 that the last of the Lichtenbergs, Jacques le Barbu, died. Later, around 1580 , Count Philip IV of Hanau-Lichtenberg (heir to the Lichtenbergs) asked the architect of the fortifications of Strasbourg, Daniel Specklin, to redevelop his castle into a fortress. The latter readjusts the defensive system to fight and use a new weapon: the cannon!

In 1678 , the castle was taken by the troops of Louis XIV, led by Marshal de Créqui. A large part of Alsace was at that time attached to the Kingdom of France. But the castle, which was not destroyed, was transformed into a fortress. He then monitors the new border with the strongholds of Bitche, La Petite Pierre and Phalsbourg.

During the war of 1870 , opposing the troops of Napoleon III to the Prussians, the fortress was bombed and burned. Left in ruins, it became a place for Sunday walks.

During World War II , the ruin served as a place of refuge. This is how the inhabitants of Lichtenberg and the surrounding villages came to take shelter from the bombardments.

After 1945, the inhabitants of the village naturally invest the ruins. By maintaining the premises, they organize visits and outdoor theatrical performances. They open the perspectives of the new existence of the castle.

In the early 1990s , the castle was the subject of an ambitious program of restoration and contemporary development, not only to preserve the site but also to ensure its future. Today, the Hanau-La Petite Pierre Community of Communes manages the site.