Chateau de Greifenstein
Location: Saverne, in the Bas-Rhin departement of France (Alsace Region).
Built: 12-14th century.
Ownership / Access: State property.
ISMH Reference Number: PA00084951.
Notes: The Chateau de Greifenstein is a ruined castle in the commune of Saverne in the Bas-Rhin departement of France. Property of the state, it has been listed since 1898 as a monument historique by the French Ministry of Culture. The Grand-Greifenstein was, without doubt, founded in the first half of the 12th century by the knight Meribodo de Greifenstein who had close links to the Ochenstein family. The Petit-Greifenstein dates from the end of the 13th century or start of the 14th century.Visitors can distinguish two castles separated by a large ditch. The older part has the largest keep in Alsace with 13 metres a side. A renovated tower stands between the two keeps at the centre of the site. It was probably part of Grand-Greifenstein. From the terrace there is an unimpeded view of Saverne, the Chateau du Haut-Barr, the Chateau du Grand-Geroldseck, the valley of the Zorn and the Saint-Vit chapel.To reach the castle, leave Saverne on the D132 road towards Lutzelbourg and turn right towards the Ramsthal lake. Then follow the Club Vosgien path signposted by a blue rectangle.
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