Chateau de Lutzelhardt
Location: Obersteinbach, in the Bas-Rhin departement of France (Alsace Region).
Ownership / Access: State property.
ISMH Reference Number: PA00084870
Notes: The Chateau de Lutzelhardt is a 13th-century castle in the commune of Obersteinbach in the Bas-Rhin departement, France. It is remarkable in that parts of it are actually built into the rock (semi-troglodytic). According to studies by B. Metz and T. Biller, the first mention of the castle goes back to 1250. This date certainly corresponds with the approximate date of its construction by the Lutzelhardt family, after who the castle is named. The Lutzelhardts, who were Vögte of Wasselonne, sold the castle in 1363 to the Fleckensteins. It was burnt in 1397 by the troops of the city of Strasbourg, taken by assault in 1462 by the troops of Wissembourg and was certainly repaired by 1469. The exact date of its abandonment is not known, but it was recorded as a ruin in 1538. The Chateau de Lutzelhardt has been listed since 1898 as a monument historique by the French Ministry of Culture.
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