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Castle of Andlau

Monument in Andlau

Castle of Andlau - Monument in Andlau
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Castle Andlau (also sometimes called Haut-Andlau) is located on the town of the same name, in the Bas-Rhin, 40 km south-west of Strasbourg.

The building was built between 1246 and 1264 and is one of about 450 castles built between the twelfth and fourteenth centuries on the Alsatian foothills of the Vosges mountains.

Castle Andlau was erected on the orders of Eberhard of Andlau on a granite ridge at 451 m altitude, overlooking and surveying the valleys of Kirneck and Andlau.

Its architectural specificity is to have two circular towers framing a long but narrow main building of three levels, the lowest being pierced by archers and the two upper floors of windows.

Plundered in 1678 after the annexation of Alsace to France, it was sold as national property in 1796 and dismantled by a merchant who sold a portion of the stones constituting the castle.

The Count of Andlau saves the jewel in ruins in 1818 by redeeming it. His heirs will continue his work. A first restoration campaign was initiated in 1859. Listed as a Historic Monument in 1926, the building was consolidated once again in the following years.

Following the fall of a part of the enclosure in 1998, the count of Andlau created an association of the friends of the castle in 2000 to relaunch security work and then renovation. These are far from complete, but the site is experiencing a new life. Animations are organized during the summer (exhibitions and seminars dedicated to contemporary art, especially "land art", concerts, conferences) and guided tours are offered by volunteers in their presence or via audio guides.

The castle itself, with its imposing granite facade that seems to emerge from the green surrounding forest, can be hiked from the Hungerplatz Forest House.

Beautiful panoramas on the town of Barr and the plain of Alsace await hikers. For a guided tour (free) of the remains and information, contact the association of friends of the castle at +33 6 88 41 03 20.

Official sitewww.chateaudandlau.com

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Great north tower, seen from the inside of the seigniorial house (© J.E)
Great north tower, seen from the inside of the seigniorial house (© J.E)
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East wall of the seigniorial house - Interior view (© J.E)
East wall of the seigniorial house - Interior view (© J.E)
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The castle, seen from the southwest trench (© J.E)
The castle, seen from the southwest trench (© J.E)
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East wall and the two great towers (© J.E)
East wall and the two great towers (© J.E)
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The first barbican (© J.E)
The first barbican (© J.E)
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Northeast wall and tower (© J.E)
Northeast wall and tower (© J.E)
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Southwestern ditch of the castle (© J.E)
Southwestern ditch of the castle (© J.E)
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Partial view of the castle courtyard (© J.E)
Partial view of the castle courtyard (© J.E)
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First entry - Courtine Southeast (© J.E)
First entry - Courtine Southeast (© J.E)
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The castle, seen from the city of Barr (© J.E)
The castle, seen from the city of Barr (© J.E)
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In the distance the castle of Andlau
In the distance the castle of Andlau
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Aspect of the castle, originally (© J.E)
Aspect of the castle, originally (© J.E)
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Aspect of the castle, originally (© J.E)
Aspect of the castle, originally (© J.E)
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Seigniorial coat of arms, on a raven of the castle (© J.E)
Seigniorial coat of arms, on a raven of the castle (© J.E)
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The castle, seen from the western moat (© J.E)
The castle, seen from the western moat (© J.E)
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View of the western moat of the castle (© J.E)
View of the western moat of the castle (© J.E)
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East facade and south tower (© J.E)
East facade and south tower (© J.E)
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West wall and north tower (© J.E)
West wall and north tower (© J.E)
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East wall and south tower (© J.E)
East wall and south tower (© J.E)
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East wall and north tower (© J.E)
East wall and north tower (© J.E)
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East wall and south tower (© J.E)
East wall and south tower (© J.E)
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Facade is and the two great towers (© J.E)
Facade is and the two great towers (© J.E)
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Foot of the Great Wall is (© J.E)
Foot of the Great Wall is (© J.E)
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First entry - Courtine Southeast (© J.E)
First entry - Courtine Southeast (© J.E)
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Great south tower, seen from the inside of the seigniorial house (© J.E)
Great south tower, seen from the inside of the seigniorial house (© J.E)
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History of the castle (© J.E)
History of the castle (© J.E)
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History of the castle (© J.E)
History of the castle (© J.E)
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The castle, seen from the southern moat (© J.E)
The castle, seen from the southern moat (© J.E)
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Shot of Andlau castle (© J.E)
Shot of Andlau castle (© J.E)
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Other monuments nearby

Castle of the SpesbourgAndlau
Abbey of AndlauAndlau
Castle of the LandsbergHeiligenstein (1.4 mi)
Abbey of TruttenhausenObernai (2 mi)
Castle of the BirkenfelsOttrott (2.3 mi)
Monastery of Sainte-OdileOttrott (2.5 mi)
Abbey of BaumgartenBernardvillé (2.6 mi)
Castle of DreisteinOttrott (2.8 mi)

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