The Château du Giersberg is one of three castles which overlook the commune of Ribeauvillé in the Haut-Rhin département of France. It stands at an altitude of 528 m.The Lords of Ribeaupierre built the castle, then named Stein, in the 13th century. They rebuilt it after a fire caused by lightning in 1288. In 1304, they gave it to their vassals, the knights of Guirsberg, from whom the castle took its name. The Guirsbergs kept it until they died out in the 15th century. It was abandoned in the 17th century.The remains currently visible date from several epochs: 13th century : pentagonal keep 14th century : inner court 15th century : corps de logis It has been listed since 1841 as a monument historique by the French Ministry of Culture.BibliographyBraun, Jean : Circuit des châteaux forts d'Alsace - Ingersheim : éd. SAEP, 1978 - collection Delta 2000. Carmona, Christophe & Trendel, Guy : Les Châteaux autour de Ribeauvillé et Ricquewihr - Sarreguemines : éd. Pierron, 2001 - collection Les Châteaux des Vosges : histoire, architecture, légendes no 7. Mengus, Nicolas : Au temps des châteaux forts en Alsace - Strasbourg : éd. Coprur, 2004.To visit Chateau Girsberg on your trip to Ribeauville, use our Ribeauville trip itinerary planning tool.
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This is one of 3 castles on the mountain. They are all connected so you can visit them all. The views are spectactular. If you're afraid of heidts, not recommended! more »
It is quite along walk from the village of Ribeauville to get to the top of the hill, around an hour, the road is simple, you constantly go up, but everybody, children too can do it. It only takes a..... more »
Small castle but beautiful view, leads quite quickly to another larger. Beautiful ruins. Good hike of 30 min for the good walkers on 2 km to go, in elevation of more 500m altitude free
Nice hike different routes of any level
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