We had to pick up our rental car today even though we do not leave until tomorrow because the train station car rental is not open on a Sunday and the one at the airport only opens from 2pm on a Sunday far too late for us to leave Strasbourg.
We have again a Citron DS5 so that is nice.
We decided since we had the car that we needed to go somewhere and we choose Haut-Koenigsbourg Castle
The castle was built in a very specific manner – actually, in a way, it was carved in into the rocks standing on the top of the mountain as to preserve its natural strategic and defensive position. Although rebuilt in 19th century as a replica of the original castle situated on the same spot, Haut-Koenigsbourg offers a unique and indeed authentic impression of castle life led during the middle ages. The castle is divided into two parts – the upper and the lower courtyard. The upper part, the one which is today a private part of the castle, was reserved for the owner of the castle, his family and their highly ranked guests. The lower part of the castle was the home of craftsmen, servants and their families, and also a place where accidental travellers could find a warm refuge to spend a night in. The castle, due to its quite isolated position and common sieges, owned its own windmill, animal farm and storage rooms with wine, wheat, and other groceries essential for the life inside of the walls. All of this can still be seen today.
Today was rainy and not a good time to visit a castle on a high hill – about 700 meters.
Very misty and ethereal looking….
A ticket to go inside was 8 Euro and since we had not spent much on this type of thing we decided to go ahead and buy the ticket.