Château Fort de Fleckenstein

Château Fort de Fleckenstein, Lembach

Château Fort de Fleckenstein

Château Fort de Fleckenstein
4.5
Ancient Ruins • Points of Interest & Landmarks • Lookouts • Castles • Observation Decks & Towers
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Iweinvanaalst
Lille, Belgium549 contributions
An impregnable eagles' nest
Aug 2021
Anyone with a passion for history wandering the Alsace region should definitely put Fleckenstein castle on their sightseeing shortlist.

The stronghold is a prime example of a troglodyte fortress with cellars, stairs and rooms hewn out of the rock. As opposed to most of its peers in the area a scale model and reconstruction drawings are at hand to help visualise the layout and the former splendor of the edifice. I also warmly recommend the outstanding guidebook.

The fortress is remarkable for the strength of its defenses. Its double rampart, advanced gate, massive gatehouse, gun bastions and mousetrap barbican make it a truly impregnable eagles' nest. In the sixteenth century even the back of the rock was fortified !

Comfort was not forgotten, judging by the well, the mechanism used to levy heavy material, the latrine, the fifteenth century bathroom, the fifteenth century stair and the sixteenth century staircase tower.

From atop the rock – at floor level of the former lordly dwellings – you can enjoy impressive views of the surrounding area.

One remark for the management :

You should clear out the vegetation at the back of the rock so visitors can appreciate the postern and its barbican, the flanking tower and the high wall once raised by the occuppants of the fortress in a vain attempt to prevent the overhanging rock from collapsing.
Written September 8, 2021
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Ralf K
Karlsruhe667 contributions
Awesome castle ruin
Sep 2020
I'm always awestruck when seeing ruins like this one.
To visit it you have to pay - but I think it's worth it.
Written September 14, 2020
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rmitgoteam
Naples, FL911 contributions
Nice Castle Ruins But Not Spectacular
Aug 2019
This is a picturesque castle ruin that requires a 20 minute walk uphill on a paved road to reach. There’s lots of parking below but none at the site. You can also take a path through the forest. We found the ruins to be a little better when viewing from the outside than on the inside. A lot of the castle has been lost over the centuries when you look at a reconstruction picture of the original. The aerial view is quite fantastic but that’s not what you’re going to see. The site was a bit touristy when we visited so you won’t be the only ones there. You’ll find a cafe, souvenir shop, picnic area, and toilets at the entrance. Interestingly, we didn’t see a single trash can anywhere the entire time we visited.
Written August 28, 2019
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Destination Everywhere
Stuttgart, Germany19 contributions
Gorgeous Castle and easy to get to
Aug 2019 • Family
As part of our weekend castle adventure, we stopped by Fleckenstein after lunch. We toured at our leisure and did not opt for the adventure series (in Fr, DEU and Eng). Getting to castle from parking was 5 min walk on even terrain. Many stairs in castle, but not unreasonable. Kids had a nice time and liked the gift shop.
Written August 26, 2019
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Mel071
Leiden, The Netherlands57 contributions
Interesting castle ruins
Aug 2019
Although the castle is in ruins, it is still interesting to walk - and climb! - through it and discover what the rooms had once been. We enjoyed the views from the top! Fun for kids too.
Written August 20, 2019
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Pimdeb2002
Voorburg, The Netherlands74 contributions
Trip to the middle ages
Aug 2019 • Couples
Nice place to visit and try to understand the circumstances and conditions from 1250 to 18xx. Powers to be came and went. Spectacular scenery, climbing possible and great walks.
Written August 14, 2019
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Max S
Honolulu, HI65 contributions
Outstanding ruins & experience
Apr 2019 • Couples
One of numerous castle ruins scattered throughout Alsace. This one does a superb job of retaining its ruin charm, without being too touristy. Lots of woods parking, nice clean bathrooms, and plenty of signage describing each of the areas as you ascend the castle. Stand alone price is a bit high, but still well worth it. Tourist shop should get some English books though. Very enjoyable!!
Written April 23, 2019
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Highland210
WV77 contributions
Explore an ancient fortress
Sep 2018 • Couples
This castle is pretty much in ruins, but there's plenty of signage and information to let you know its history and what it used to look like. There's still enough for a lot of climbing, walking and exploring, and we found it extremely interesting. Recommend getting the joint ticket with the Ligne Maginot Four a Chaux in nearby Lembach to save a few Euros,
Written October 11, 2018
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damiend0g2013
Heidelberg, Germany406 contributions
Awesome 😎
Jun 2018 • Family
We love castles and we love ruins so this castle ruin did not disappoint at all! This one has been on our list for a couple years and we finally made the trip down. Just incredible all around. From the easy parking to starting up the hill to the base there was information being taught. You learn about how they made charcoal. The base camp had a nice souvenir store and cafe. We payed to play a game with the kids on our way to the castle and had a great time! I highly suggest doing the Castle of Challenges with Hugo game! We all had fun finding clues and solving the questions on the “long way” up. When we got to the castle, it was very impressive. Information boards everywhere about the area and the game continues to teach you and continue the fun! Incredible views from the top! Such a cool castle! When you finish your game be sure you make time to check your answers back at the P’tit Fleck and get a fun picture taken as your prize!
Wear good shoes for climbing as the sandstone and stairs are a little slippery. Also if you have a full day, you can hike to 3 other castles close by which we will do next time.
Another quick fact we found interesting as we are living in Heidelberg and love our castle there, the French general responsible for the destruction of Fleckenstein is also responsible for the complete destruction of the surrounding castles and Heidelberg castle.
Written June 4, 2018
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Zuevy
Moscow, Russia1,353 contributions
Ruins of the fort
May 2018
Near Lembach there are four fortresses, Fleckenstein preserved better than others, partially restored. Outwardly makes a very good impression, but it is worth considering that unlike the other three entrance is paid. Very nice views around the fortress.
Written May 28, 2018
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