Angela Louie and Allan de la Plante
Chateau du Haut-Koenigsbourg
We spotted this medieval gem in the distance as we sped across the valley floor. It stood high on a French mountain as we drove toward Belgium. Why not stop for a peek?
We were not disappointed. Built in the 12th century and re-built in the 15th century, it was the perfect location to prevent attacks at this wine and wheat trading route junction. After an attack by the Swedes, it was burned and abandoned for over 2 centuries. It came under German possession in 1865 and after being restored under architect Bodo Ebhardt, it was given to France after WW1.
It is an impressive testament of the sheer labour it took to build and defend a region.