This 12th-century castle is one of the most recognizable landmarks in Alsace. It sits on a hilltop west of the town of Sélestat and has an extraordinary view across the valley to the Rhine River.
It was in total ruins when Wilhelm II, the German Kaiser, renovated it in 1901. After World War I the much-improved castle was given back to France.
Today the well-maintained fortress is a big tourist draw, so plan to visit early or late in the day, when group bus tours are less likely to crowd the most popular areas.
You will be impressed by the massiveness of the compound, which includes a drawbridge, walls thick enough to discourage the most determined invader, an enormous great hall, and a daunting armory.