Kaysersberg Things to Do

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    Kientzheim - almost as nice as Kaysersberg

    by King_Golo Written Jun 27, 2014

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    Kientzheim is the next village from Kaysersberg and basically within walking distance (about 1km), so a short detour to this completely untouristy place could be a good idea. While Kientzheim doesn't have as many obvious sights as Kaysersberg, it's still a very picturesque village in parts and is also located amidst the vineyards of the area. A good starting point for a short tour through the village is the car park at Grand' Rue / Rue des Remparts. Follow the Chemin de Ronde on the former ramparts to get an overview of the village, then turn right into Rue de l'Ancien Hôpital. It will quickly bring you to the village's central square with a nice fountain celebrating the wine of the region. Along Grand' Rue there are some nice colourful Alsatian houses and - bien sûr - most of Kientzheim's winemakers. If you follow it to its end you come back to the Chemin de Ronde and can return that way.

    Grand' Rue The fountain in Kientzheim

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    Stroll through the alleys of the old town

    by King_Golo Written Jun 27, 2014

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    Kaysersberg's charm is mostly due to its almost unchanged medieval old town. Cobblestoned streets, picturesque houses (my guidebook called them Hansel-and-Gretel houses!), old-fashioned shops, inviting restaurants... A stream gurgles over rocks and stones, and along its banks are a few nice terraces or gardens.
    Most likeable are the central square on Rue Basse du Rempart with its Eglise Sainte-Croix, the old bridge crossing the stream (Rue du Collège) and the superb panoramic view from the castle ruins. You can't go wrong by just walking along Rue Basse du Rempart, but it's always worth checking out the side streets as well.

    View from the bridge on Rue du Coll��ge Kaysersberg facades
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    Walk up to the castle

    by King_Golo Written Jun 27, 2014

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    An Alsatian village without a castle is like a day without night - non-existent! Kaysersberg's ruined castle is easily accessible as it is just next to the village centre on top of a tiny hill. Compared with the 45-minute climb to the three chateaus of Ribeauvillé, the climb up to Château Schlossberg is a piece of cake. From up there you've got a perfect view over the rooftops of the village. The grounds of the castle and the rocks nearby also make for a nice picnic place.

    View from Kaysersberg's chateau The chateau as seen from the village
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    The Haut Koenigsbourg castle

    by Christophe01 Updated Dec 10, 2012

    Only 40 minutes from Kaysersberg and dominating the plain of Alsace, Haut Koenigsbourg is the most famous castle in Alsace and one of the most visited monuments in Alsace. The Haut Koenigsbourg was completely restored at the request of Emperor William II from 1900, which makes its originality and its charm, despite the controversy concerning the restoration. A major monument.

    Ticket office opening hours 2012:
    January, February, November and December 9:30 – 12:00 then 13:00 – 16:30
    March and October 9:30 – 17:00
    April, May and September 9:15 – 17:15
    June, July and August 9:15 – 18:00

    Rates: 8€ per person and free for children under 18.

    To plan your visit to the castle in the early morning because parking places are located along the road, or then you'll have to walk a while.

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    Fortified bridge (XVe‑ XVIe centuries)

    by Christophe01 Written Aug 12, 2012

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    Replacing an ancient wooden work, this fortified bridge was constructed in 1514.
    In the middle of the bridge, a chapel with the arms of the Saint - Germanic Roman Empire and of those of the city shelter a statue of the Virgin of the XVIIIe century.

    Fortified bridge chapel
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    The imperial castle

    by Christophe01 Written Aug 11, 2012

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    Castle constructs between the XIIIth and XVIth century. After a walk of ten minutes, you will have a splendid point of view on the city and the region.
    possibility of going up in the top of the tower (Free access).

    a view since the castle
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    Walk Around the Town

    by hquittner Written Aug 24, 2010

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    The central town is worth walking around with lots of old houses. A half mile out of town is the castle that was fortified by Emperor Frederic II in the 13C and who bought the whole town as a defensive site. Some of the fortifications can still be seen.

    Center of Town (View of Bakery} Distant View From Edge of Town Up At Castle From Town Up At the Castle
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    See the Cemetery and the St.-Michel Chapel

    by hquittner Written Aug 24, 2010

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    The cemetery is next to the church and honors those killed in the World Wars. Here are tombs together of Christian, Moslem and Jewish faiths. In a gallery along one wall containing are fine pieces of sculpture in plaster over stone of the 16C: a crucifixion and two mourners and a set of the Mount of Olives. In the nearby Chapel one see a fine frescoed ceiling and a wooden 14C Crucifixion on the wall at the right of the alter.

    All Faiths Cemetery Another  Fine Crucifixion Mount of Olives Scattered Group of Figures Ceiling Fresco (Detail) 14C Crucifixion
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    Inside the Church

    by hquittner Updated Aug 23, 2010

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    The choir of the church is almost covered by the altar piece created by Hans Bongart of Colmar in 1518. At the center is a Crucifixion, just of Jesus, but on the sides are 14 bas-relief panels of the Passion; below on the predella are Jesus and the Apostles. Higher above the 14 panels are gilded polychromes of St. Helen who found the True Cross and at her sides St. Christopher with the child on his shoulder and St. Margaret. Dominating the nave of the church is a sort of Jube or rood-screen carrying a Crucifixion in polychrome wood with adjacent figures of the late 15C. In the North lower side is a carving of the Holy Females at the grave by Jacques Wirt and next to it a fine plaque of a Pieta. There are other pieces in the church as well.

    The Main Altar of Ste.-Croix Closer View of Retable Center The Nave Rood Beam of Crucifix and Features Females At the Grave by Wirt (1514) Also In a Lateral Side a Pieta of 1521
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    The Northwest End of Town

    by hquittner Written Aug 19, 2010

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    At the northwest end of town is a crenelated stone bridge of the 15 and 16C that crosses the river Weiss. There are loop hole defenses built into the bridge. On the bridge, at the center on the north side, is a small chapel. On the west bank is the large Hostellerie or Maison des Bains as old as the bridge. Next to it on the right angle is a fine wood frame home of the same period.

    The Fortified Bridge Chapel on the Bridge Looking Down on the River The Old Hostellerie A Fine Old Timber Home
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    Around the Church of Ste.-Croix

    by hquittner Updated Aug 19, 2010

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    In the open space is a fountain. Above the fountain is a statue of Emperor Constantin from the 16C. Not far from this square a is a low tower that was once part of the town fortifications. Just north of the church square is the old cemetery of the town and includes graves of the two World Wars.

    Place Before Ste.-Croix Church & Fountain Emperor Constantin The  Place Before the Church Old Fortification
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    Visit the Eglise

    by hquittner Written Aug 19, 2010

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    The ChurcH of Sainte-Croix was started in 1230 and had embellishments including a giant altar piece in 1518. On the west facade is a tympanum with a Crowning of the Virgin. On each side of the event are on the left St. Michael and on the right St. Gabriel. In the lower left corner of the piece is a small figure of Cunradus, its sculptor. Above the tympanum stands a statue of the Virgin. On the door jambs on each side are set of three marble columns with worked capitals. These range from acanthus leaves to a pelican (at that time a mythical bird), some Titrons, Atlantes and and even a human head.

    Eglise of Ste.-Croix Tympanum of Church Titron  and Heads Pelican A Blessing Above the Tympanum
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    Castle of Kaysersberg

    by annk Updated Feb 9, 2005

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    This castle and fortress was built in 1226 during King Henri VII's reign to control entry into the town and valley below. The cylindrical tower is one of the best preserved in the Alsace Region.

    It's approximately a 10 minute hike to the top of the hill and castle. The incline is easy to moderate and views from the ruins are stunning overlooking the town and surrounding vineyards.

    Castle of Kaysersberg
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    Eglise

    by annk Written Feb 25, 2003

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    The parish church built between the 12th C and 15th C is best known for its wood triptych altarpiece. It was created by an artist from Colmar, Jean Bongartz in 1518. The center panel depicts the crucifixtion and is surrounded by carved panels illustrating the stations of the cross.

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    Birth Place of Albert Schweitzer

    by hquittner Written Aug 13, 2010

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    Near the center of town, not far from the Parish Church, stands a bust of Albert Schweitzer. A small museum is also close by, which is also where he was born.

    Schweitzer Memorial Nobel Winner
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