If you have seen my two posts MonoColorSepia - French Street and Sepia Saturday in The Château du Haut-Kœnigsbourg you already know that I have visited the picturesque part of Alsace, France and these posts were just a glimpse of what I have seen.

Let me show you more of that beautiful place.

To start with how I got there. I have a very dear friend from Switzerland with whom we worked together while I was in procurement. I have visited Switzerland many times on business trips and twice on his invitation. First time I was together with my son and another friend -Julia. Second time my friend and I was invited again to stay with this nice Swiss couple for a week. It was in 2009 and we had again fantastic time. My Swiss friends had prepared a plan where to go each day and since they are living near the French border it was easy to pop up in France for a day. That is how we went in the beautiful town of Riquewihr and the marvelous Haut-Koenigsbourg castle.

The castle

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Yes, this is the original photo, which I converted in sepia tone in my previous post. And here are the other two.

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The view is from the Grand Bastion.

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As much as I like sepia, I still prefer the coloured photos.

The castle is big and one can find distinctive features from the past times.

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This is me, posing in front of the solid wooden door in inner yard.

And on the next one I am together with my friend Julia sitting on the stairs.

A little history.

The castle was build in 12th century as a fortress. In 17th century the castle was distroyed and abandoned for two hundred years. In 1900 German keiser Wilhelm II appointed the architect Bodo Ebhardt to restore the castle.
Restoration work took 8 years. In 1919 it became a property of the French government.

Now look above our heads and you will see the inscription in German.

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That high tower from the first picture caught my eye with the metal eagle on the top of the roof.

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Look at the drawbridge on the next picture.It leads to the iñer yard.

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My friend taking pictures. I must admit she took more than me.

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If I am not mistaken this painted wall was seen in inner yard.

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Regretably I made very few pictures from the living quarters. But this chandelier with the deer scull was quite impressive, I could not miss to spot it and to capture it. Of course I did not know how to photograph the light, so the photo is not the best.

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Another wall covered with trophies.

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And Julia posing in front of the fireplace.

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Honestly I don't remember where exactly this wooden barrel was, but it was remarkably carved.

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The great bastion and the artillery platform. Now I noticed the fire-extinguisher in the bottom right corner. Safety first.

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Anothe stunning view will end the tour.

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Looking from the top in clear day you can see the beautiful landscape of Alsace, the Vosges mountains and the Black Forest.

Next time I will show you around of the town of Riquewihr.

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