Bernstein Castle

Bernstein Castle, locally known as Château du Bernstein or Burg Bernstein, lies west of the village of Dambach-la-Ville in the Bas-Rhin department in France. This area is also known as the Northern Alsace or the Middle Vosges.

Bernstein Castle is built on a granite rocky outcrop, on an altitude of 562 meters. It is first mentioned between 1163 and 1179 when a Thietmar is Lord of Bernstein. The castle is taken in 1227 by the bishop of Strasbourg. It is inhabited until the 16th century, then abandoned. The castle is composed of a pentagonal keep, which protects the accommodation of the lord, and of a square tower sheltering the vault. Beneath the castle is a bailey. There is an underground cistern in the southwestern corner of a second enclosure, built in the 15th century, next to the bailey.

This is a nice one, offering great views of the surrounding lands. You can climb the keep.


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Bernstein Castle

Bernstein Castle, locally known as Château du Bernstein or Burg Bernstein, lies west of the village of Dambach-la-Ville in the Bas-Rhin department in France. This area is also known as the Northern Alsace or the Middle Vosges.

Bernstein Castle is built on a granite rocky outcrop, on an altitude of 562 meters. It is first mentioned between 1163 and 1179 when a Thietmar is Lord of Bernstein. The castle is taken in 1227 by the bishop of Strasbourg. It is inhabited until the 16th century, then abandoned. The castle is composed of a pentagonal keep, which protects the accommodation of the lord, and of a square tower sheltering the vault. Beneath the castle is a bailey. There is an underground cistern in the southwestern corner of a second enclosure, built in the 15th century, next to the bailey.

This is a nice one, offering great views of the surrounding lands. You can climb the keep.


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