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Ideas for special excursions to the fortified castles of Alsace

After two years of absence due to the health context, THE open day of the fortified castles of Alsace is back! On the program: guided or costumed tours, exhibitions, concerts, storytelling, workshops, treasure hunts, medieval festivals.. .in about thirty sites in Alsace and the Massif des Vosges.

A unique opportunity to discover or rediscover our heritage, by exchanging with all those who care passionately about it. Living Forts, Fortified Castles of Alsace and the Route of Castles and Fortified Cities of Alsace.

Objective: to raise awareness of the monuments, their richness and the actions of the actors who bring them to life on a daily basis. For the 2019 edition, the thirty participating sites welcomed more than 19,000 visitors. It is up to all of us to honor them again this year!

On this show you will hear:

Nicholas Sittaro of Lichtenberg Castle


medieval festivalFull weekend of entertainment from April 29 to May 1.

Friday, April 29 from 5 p.m. to 11 p.m. // An impressive show of fire and fiery juggling will be offered by the Wulkan Company for the opening night of the medieval festival. Also take advantage of this evening to experience a sunset at the castle, a rare moment not to be missed because the castle is usually closed to the public in the evening.

Saturday April 30 and Sunday May 1 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. // Vibrate during knight tournaments, admire troubadours and jugglers, stroll between the stalls of the craft market, have fun with old wooden games, discover the know-how of our craftsmen and many other things: medieval dances , presentations of medieval weapons, itinerant musicians, presentation of raptors and falconry show!

You can also discover exclusively La 1206, the first beer of the Château de Lichtenberg, created by the micro-brewery Le Centième Singe located in Altwiller. A special beer with medieval flavors that will take you back to the origins of the castle in 1206. It is an exclusive recipe that has been developed especially for Lichtenberg Castle, with aromas of elderberry, peppermint, dill and honey. To be enjoyed all weekend in the medieval bar of the castle. Paid.

Full price: 10€

Reduced rate (child aged 6 to 16, student, person with a disability, Cezam card): €7.50

Free for children under 6 years old.

All info: 03 88 89 98 72

Christopher Kieber of New Windstein

New Windstein

9.30 a.m. – 5.30 p.m.-6 p.m.: guided tours of the site, presentation of completed and future projects, snacks (drinks, cakes).

All the info: 06 66 19 16 04 –

Detailed program – Participating sites

Except where specified, the majority of animations below are free.


10 a.m. – 5.30 p.m.: guided tours, photo exhibition, provision of a grill / barbecue. All the info: marc.schampion[arobase] – 06 79 97 39 33


From April 30from 1 p.m. and on May 1, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.: medieval camp of the Brotherhood of Molkenburg. The templars invaded the entire lower courtyard with their tents and stalls. Come and tease them, steal their medieval outfits and hauberks or even activate their carrobalist to earn your knighthood diploma.

Paid – Adult: €5 – Youth (4 to 17 years old): €3.50

All info: 03 88 94 28 52 –

Wasenbourg (Niederbronn)

9 a.m. – 6 p.m.: guided tour by the association’s volunteers.

All the info: 03 88 90 21 66 or 06 72 75 88 09 – wasenbourg.picart[arobase] –


9 a.m. to 6 p.m.: Photo exhibition of work carried out throughout the year 3.30 p.m.: guided tour on the theme In the time of the knights

For the visit (and information), please register on 03 88 91 80 47 or

Great Geroldseck

12:30 p.m.-6 p.m.: Animation The woman in the Middle Ages by the company The companions of Ulrich.

All the info: 06 51 71 66 92 –


10 a.m.-5 p.m. Guided tour of the site by volunteers.

All info: –


11 a.m. – 6 p.m.: wooden games for childrenreconstructions, medieval musical entertainment and equestrian show. 4 p.m.: season opener The Gates of Time by the Franco-German troupe of the Theater Baden Alsace with the Strasbourg orchestra, the No Limit Orchestra.

All the info: 03 88 87 33 50 –

Guided tours and walks wangen to Westhoffen – 10am – guided tour of Wangen. Meeting in front of the town hall (car park nearby)- 12 p.m. – picnic taken from the bag (in bad weather, provision of the village hall of Wangen)- 1:30 p.m. – departure of the walk to Westhoffen- 2 p.m. – stop on the site de Schanlitt- 2.30 p.m. – guided tour of Westhoffen. Meet in the Geng car park, 1 rue du Klingentor- 4:30 p.m. – snack at Westhoffen (in bad weather, small Nessmann foyer). All the info: – or .86 or


2 steps of your choice followed by a paella tasting :

  • 6 km family circuit – departure at 10:30 a.m. with a guide or
  • 18 km expert circuit – departure at 9 a.m. with a guide


Paella and dessert at €19 / person (served from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.). Refreshment bar on site in addition (no payment by credit card). Possibility to eat without walking.

All the info: mireille.rodriguez1[arobase] – 06 88 15 64 90

Blamont (54)

10 a.m. – 5 p.m.: free visits

10:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.: guided tours (departure from the castle moat, access via rue de la gare, Blamont)

All info: 06 25 36 82 05 –


9 a.m. – meet at the Salm car park for a climb to the castle, followed by a guided tour – bring good shoes.

All the info: rohmerraoul[arobase]


10 a.m. – 5 p.m.: game of goose – treasure hunt – guided tour – snacks.

All info: – chefpi67[arobase]


3:30 p.m. – 5 p.m.: thematic guided tour. Discover Obernai along its ramparts: the historic center surrounded by 1400 meters of ramparts once dotted with around twenty towers, which allowed access to the city through 4 gates.

On reservation at the Obernai tourist office. 30 people maximum.

All info: 03 88 95 64 13 –


10 a.m., 12 p.m., 2 p.m., 4 p.m.: guided tours

From 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.: information stands, comb weaving demonstrations and builders (tools); exhibition of old photos of the castle; snacks ; welcome the public in costume.

All the info on 06 85 98 31 64 –

Rathsamhausen (Ottrott)

From 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.:

  • visits to castles, with AmChOtt guides;
  • introduction to the observation of rare birds castles (long view), with Jean-Marie of the LPO;
  • 800 years! Return to the origin of the castles of Ottrott with “Par’ Chemins & Châteaux” an exhibition of the Archives of Alsace;
  • at 3 p.m.: show-reading “Par ‘Chemins & Châteaux” by Tohu Bohu theater
  • historical re-enactment and medieval battleswith Theo and his friends;
  • demonstration of crossbow shooting, with Michel crossbowman and crossbowman;
  • personalized dedications of the two AmChOtt books by their authors, Alix and Pierre!
  • the refreshment bar of the friends of the castles of Ottrott to quench your thirst!

All info: patrick.woehrling[arobase]


April 30: 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.: immersive visit by dronecommented on by the association’s volunteers.

May 1: 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.: guided tour of the site by volunteers.

All info:


10 a.m. – 5 p.m.: guided tours, snack bar and musical entertainment.

All info: bruno.lintz[arobase]


From 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.:

  • guided tours (in French only), questionnaire for children, association stand
  • exhibition of sculptures by myself and workshop of a stone bas-relief representing the castle.
  • exhibition of engravings and stone engraving workshop by Sonia Rinaldi
  • lead coin minting workshop
  • calligraphy workshop (weather permitting)
  • guided tours by the association’s volunteers.

All info: 06 52 46 77 98 –


8 a.m.: departing from Dambach-la-Ville (8 a.m.), trail to Bernstein Castle. It includes two adult timed races as well as a guided hiking circuit between the village and the castle.

10:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.: discovery tours of the castle and the site with panels, plans and drawings.

All info: andrefischbach[arobase]


10 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. and 1:30 p.m. – 5 p.m.: workshop for building a Romanesque arch, various medieval games for children : turn everything upside down, crossbow shooting, quintaine; commented and interactive visit.

All the info: 06 72 47 97 51 –


9 a.m. – 5 p.m.: guided tour of the site during a work session.

All the info: simler.philippe[arobase]


From 10 a.m.: exhibition of a model of a fortified castle.

Meet at 1:30 p.m. in the church car park for a guided tour (also possible in German) of the ramparts and the castle district.

All the info: c.bohn.mairie[arobase]

Wineck (Katzenthal)

Saturday April 30 and Sunday May 1from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., medieval camp led by the association Alsatiae Protectores. Time travel in the Middle Ages!

Sunday, 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. then 2 p.m. – 6 p.m.: guided tours by the association’s volunteers.

All the info: pierre.laengy[arobase]


10 a.m. – 6 p.m.: free and guided tours, discovery of the ramparts using a touch pad (PRM), temporary exhibition The Hortus Deliciarum, a garden of images in the spring of Alsace, Calligraphy and illumination workshop.


7€ full price

4.50 € – child 6 to 17 years old, student, unemployed, disabled, EC member

20€ families

Free for children 6 and under.

All info: 03 89 30 10 20 –


9 a.m. – 4 p.m.: guided tours and presentation of work in progress.

All the info: gilles.triballier[arobase]

Wildenstein (Kruth)

At 10 a.m. and 2 p.m., two guided tours from the path on the path that leads to the castle, facing Lake Kruth-Wildenstein.

All information: 06 85 57 66 10 – domtomas[arobase]


(Leymen) 10am-5pm: immersive visits by drone (Rêve d’Icare)

1 p.m. to 6 p.m.: 360° film under geodesic dome.

All day: exhibition of vintage cars.

All info:

Important :

The castle of Haut-Koenigsbourg being closed that day, it does not participate in the operation.

Download the poster : poster-A3- Everyone at the castles 2022

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