Etap Hotel Selestat

103, Route de Colmar à Selestat, Carrefour RD424 - RN83, Selestat, 67600, France
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Haut-Koenigsbourg Castle

by Beausoleil

I hesitate to call this "off the beaten path" since there are many tourists and it is well-known castle in Alsace. However, since it is definitely out of town and way up on a mountain, I'm calling it off the beaten path.

There is a long and interesting history to the castle and arguments about how "authentic" the restoration may be. It is fascinating to visit; there are plenty of authentic things in and about the castle; you should see it if you are visiting Alsace and finally . . . the views from the castle are absolutely spectacular.

There is a shuttle bus from the train station in Selestat if you don't have a car. The bus is wheelchair accessible but the castle is definitely not. You can see the castle and visit some of the lower areas and certainly enjoy the views and there is handicapped parking just behind the castle.

There were enough people there with us that we had to park along the road up the mountain (D-159) and it's a hike up to the entrance. There are several small paths through the woods that are good shortcuts if it's not too wet. If there has been recent rain, it can be slippery. It's a nice walk through the woods and you don't have to dodge traffic so I recommend the paths when it's dry.

The chateau is open every day except January 1, May 1 and December 25; however, the shuttle only runs every day during tourist season. The rest of the year it is a weekend and holiday shuttle.

The Pavillon du Haut-Kœnigsbourg, a small restaurant, shop and bookshop, is open from April to October. We did not eat there so I can't recommend it but it was busy and people looked happy. It certainly would be convenient if one did not have a car.

Old corn mill


On a small square at the end of rue des tailleurs (tailors street), the grinding stone of an ancient corn mill has been kept on display. To make it more real, two bags of flour have been deposited on the soil. Do not kick them, they are not real and soft but made of stone!

Tour des Sorcières


The Tour des Sorcières (witches tower) was built between 1217 and 1390.It was part of the 1217 city wall. It was mainly used as a prison for women accused of witchery, before they were burned to death. This gave it the name of Tour des Sorcières.



Sélestat , named Schlettstadt in Alsatian and Schlestadt in German stands 47 km south to Strasbourg and 22 km north to Colmar. It has a little less that 20,000 inhabitants.

It has a long history that dates back from the 8th AD but the city began to grow in the 11th. Its highest importance was in the 16th when it was the capital of humanism. Sélestat underwent many destructions along its history but nevertheless has kept an old city center that is worth a visit.


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