Château du Haut-Kœnigsbourg in the French Alsace Region (France, 2020)
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The Château du Haut-Kœnigsbourg is a medieval castle located in the commune of Orschwiller in the Bas-Rhin département of Alsace, France. Situated in a strategic area on a rocky spur overlooking the Upper Rhine Plain, it was used by successive powers from the Middle Ages until the Thirty Years’ War when it was abandoned. From 1900 to 1908 it was rebuilt at the behest of the German kaiser Wilhelm II.
After World War I, the French state confiscated the castle in accordance with the 1919 Treaty of Versailles. It has been listed since 1862 and classified since 1993 as a monument historique by the French Ministry of Culture.
For many years it was considered fashionable in France to sneer at the castle because of its links to the German emperor. Many considered it to be nothing more than a fairy tale castle similar to Neuschwanstein.