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Chateau de Froensbourg

 

 

Location: Lembach in the Bas- Rhine department   Map

 

Chateau de Froensbourg or castle Froensbourg is the ruin of a medieval rock castle near Niedersteinbach in Alsace.

 

There are still rock cellars and remains of walls in the lower part, the upper part on the castle rock is easily accessible with ladder stairs on the steep sandstone walls. In the upper part of the castle there is a well-preserved rock room. The remains of a hexagonal tower are remarkable. The castle offers a good view of the wooded Steinbach valley and the slopes opposite.

 

Access
Between Niedersteinbach and the Fleckenstein pond, on the D 3, near the Froensbourg farm, follow the Club Vosgien path, blue rectangle.

 

History of Chateau de Froensbourg

Chateau de Froensbourg is a medieval citadel situated near a town of Lembach in the Bas- Rhine department of France. Its unique architectural feature is that part of rooms and halls of this citadel is cut into a cliff of a mountain. Today most of human made walls and towers were eroded away, while underground structures are almost perfectly preserved after centuries of neglect.
 
Chateau de Froensbourg was built in the 13th century by a Froensbourg family. In the middle of the 14th century it was divided between the lords Froensbourg, Lowenstein and Sikingen. After Reinhard von Sikingen became involved in banditry, Chateau de Froensbourg was besieged in 1349. The castle was taken and badly damaged as a revenge. It was shortly thereafter restored in 1358 by its new owner Count Palatine. Castle was captured and destroyed a year later. Emperor Charles IV banned its reconstruction. Only in the late 15th century when it was restored again by the Lords of Fleckenstein around 1481. Chateau de Froensbourg was finally destroyed by the French troops in 1677. Its ruins were abandoned and fell in disrepair, although part of the castle that were cut in the rock survived in great condition. Chateau de Froensbourg was added to the list of historical monuments in 1898.