Kintzheim Things to Do
Visit Alsace's highest castle
Château du Haut-Koenigsbourg is visible from nearly everywhere in southern Alsace, sitting enthroned on a mountain bluff of 757m height. It's only a few kilometres away from Kintzheim, so I included the tip here.
Haut-Koenigsbourg is one of Alsace's largest castles which naturally makes it a tourist magnet par excellence. Despite the masses of people that you will definitely encounter it's worth the visit. This is mostly due to its exceptionally well-preserved condition. However, the castle did not always look that good. It was left a ruin after an assault in the mid-17th century with only some 2/3 of its structures still standing upright. The German Kaiser Wilhelm II enforced its rebuilding in the early 20th century. An architect with a passion for the middle ages, Bodo Ebhardt, was given responsibility for the whole project and he did his job very thoroughly. He first analysed the structures of the remaining 70% of the walls to get an idea of what Haut-Koenigsbourg must have looked like before its destruction. Then he browsed through dozens of archives all over Europe to learn more about medieval castles and eventually he took part in excavations of other 16th century castles. Armed with all this knowledge and a workforce of some thousand men, Ebhardt then started the rebuilding project - and incredibly it was finished after only 8 years. The result is a very impressive castle with lots of things to see and discover.
I can't give you an overview of all the rooms and halls, but you'll get an informative brochure on entering the castle which serves as a good guide. Alternatively, there are also audio guides and guided tours. Whatever your preferred way of visiting the castle, make sure to either come very early or shortly before closing time. The castle was incredibly crowded when we were there, and we had arrived 10 minutes after opening. When we left it an hour later, all (!) car parks were full and there were still masses of cars arriving. The queue at the ticket booth had reached a length of 25m.Related to:
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Eglise Saint Martin - Church Saint...
According to the historians, Kintzheim has had a parish as well as a church already since the year 954.
The actual church was constructed between 1844 and 1846 and dedicated to Saint Martin, the bishop of Tours. It replaced an ancient church which measured only 13.70 by 10.70 m with a very small chorus. As the parish grew in size it did not provide enough room for the whole parish. The first plan of construction of a new church dates back to 1758 and another one to 1791. The proposal in drawings was inspired by the church in Châtenois, but the building was considered too expensive for the village. Following the French Revolution and a long trial with the city of Sélestat the construction was postponed. Finally in 1830 the decision was made to extend the church. The actual church was conceived by Mr Ringesen, an architect from Sélestat. The new church devoted to saint Martin was dedicated by Mgr Raess, bishop of Strasbourg on 2nd August 1846.
During the First World War on 5th September 1917 the German administration took away two bells and 78 pipes of the organ to be melted and transformed into military hardware. But the bells were found near Frankfurt and restored into its original place in 1922.Related to:
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1 Hotels in Kintzheim
Auberge Armoiries d'Alsace: Good, hearty food
Everybody in KIntzheim seems to have dinner at Auberge St. Martin, so we tried the same. Alas, it was fully booked already. So instead we tried its neighbour, Auberge Armoiries d'Alsace. Its interior may seem slightly square, but we were welcomed warmly and served some good food. I took the Marmite Comtais which doesn't have anything to do with that horrible British invention Marmite, but is like a very hearty casserole made with potatoes, bacon, onions and lots of crème fraiche. It was very tasty, but don't count its calories... My wife had a Flammkueche, one of Alsace's most popular specialties, which was also very good. So altogether we weren't sad to have gone here.
Favorite Dish: Marmite Comtais together with a nice bottle of Gewürztraminer wineRelated to:
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Auberge Saint Martin: Auberge Saint Martin
We had been recommanded this restaurant and we had booked in the morning as it was sunday. We got the last table! So, if you want to get to Auberge Saint Martin, the emperor of Flammekueche, don't forget to book!
Favorite Dish: We were very happy with all what we tasted, that I have presented under "local customs". I strongly recommand this restaurant.Related to:
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Kintzheim Local Customs
We had an excellent dinner at Auberge Saint Martin but our little dog was thirsty! As their was a public fountain flowing on the other side of the street, we helped him to stand on the rim of the fountain so that he might lap up as much as he wanted from the biggest dish he ever had!
Spätzle are a traditional dish in the whole Rhine valley, in France, in Germany as well as in Eastern Switzerland. Pieces of a thick paste made with flour and eggs are simmered in boiling water a few minutes, until they come to the surface. They are then drained and can be either used are they are, added with some butter or quickly sautéed to give them a nice brown color and a better taste.Related to:
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Joues de porc confites
Joues de porc confites are pork cheeks that have been slowly cooked for hours. They are after that sautéed and coated with a yummy sauce that seems to be made with caramelized meat juice. This was absolutely delicious!Related to:
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