Saint-Hippolyte Things to Do
Out of the village, into the vineyards
Several paths allow you to leave Saint-Hippolyte for the vineyards that surround it, but the two most beautiful are the one at the upper end of the village (branching off of Rue Schlossreben) and the very narrow and in an appealing way unkempt path opposite Allée des Cygnes. When you leave your car on Allée des Cygnes, this is the one you can access most easily. The first few metres take you through a thicket of wild blackberries, blooming field flowers and cherry trees until you suddenly stand in the middle of the vines. You are actually outside the village by now, but you can enjoy a great view of the round stork tower and the outside gardens of the last line of houses. Several trails lead you through the vineyards from here on. The second enjoyable path is at the upper end of the village and allows great vistas if you just follow it for a few metres. Saint-Hippolyte in all its beauty is just below you, surrounded by the fresh green of its vineyards - a sight to behold!Related to:
- Hiking and Walking
Walk through the village
Saint-Hippolyte is best discovered on foot - after all it's only a village of some 1,000 inhabitants! Coming from Kintzheim, leave your car at the lower end of the village and follow the main road up to the point where it makes a sharp left turn. Behind this corner is Saint-Hippolyte's main square, a well-kept place where you could have a break at the fountain in front of the town hall. Further up the hill is the local church which is surrounded by numerous colourful houses - apparently they love strong colours in Saint-Hippolyte! Continue up the hill and pass the somewhat oversized Val-Vignes Hotel to take a stroll into the vineyards. After just a few metres you'll be able to enjoy a spectacular view of Saint-Hippolyte. We didn't only enjoy the view but had a great picnic amidst the vines.Related to:
- Hiking and Walking
Haut Koeningsbourg - Interior
If the structure of the castle gives a good idea of how a mountain fortress looked in the Middle Ages, the restoration under Kaiser Wilhelm II aimed at showing a medieval German style decor and to create a museum.
A company was founded in 1904 the "Hohkönigsburgverein" composed of university professors, architects and archeologists. They gathered together a collection of Medieval and Renaissance objects from the Rhine area which now decorate the castle. They did also promote tourism at Haut-Koenigsbourg.
On the first floor are the northern living quarters consisting of a series of interconnected rooms. The walls are decorated with wooden paneling, used from the 15th century onwards for insulation. The southern living quarters were habited by the Tierstein family. Wooden galleries lead to the trophy room and armoury. Here is a rather small collection of weapons dating from the end of the Middle Ages.
On the second floor one can visit the Kaiser's bedchamber and the Lorraine room. The frescoes on the vaulted ceiling, featuring an imperial eagle with the Prussian motto, are from the early 20th century. On the other side of the castle are the Empresses chamber and antechamber. The furniture is authentic as well as the wood stove with the ceramic decoration. The imperial kitchens on the third floor are modern from 1908.
Shall I say that I was not enthusiast about the décor, but "de gustibus et coloribus non disputandum est"!Related to:
- Historical Travel
- Museum Visits
- Castles and Palaces