The castle of Haut-Barr and the Devil’s bridge


The castle of Haut-Barr is located in Saverne, in the north of Alsace. I recommend a visit, both for the castle itself and for its location and panoramic view!

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Visit to Château du Haut-Barr

I’m not usually a fan of castles, even less of the ruined ones, but this one is well worth a visit: it’s impressive! The Upper Barr Castle is a castle that was built on huge sandstone rocks and is 470 meters high. A really exceptional location which allows to have a superb view on the Plain of Alsace and the Vosges.

Built in 1170, the castle of Haut-Barr was transformed and restored in the 14th century. It was erected by the bishops of Strasbourg, in order to watch over the valley of the Zorn and the plain of Alsace. That’s why it is nicknamed“the eye of Alsace“. Today, on a clear day, you can even see the spire of Strasbourg Cathedral. The castle was then abandoned in the 18th century.

It is also interesting to go and see the castral chapel, composed of a Romanesque nave and a Gothic heart with oriel. You can also discover many other elements of the castle in ruins, such as the artillery tower, the lordly dwelling or the windows.

Two rocks are connected by a footbridge nicknamed the Devil’s Bridge. You have to admit that it is impressive to cross! If you are afraid of heights, this can be an interesting exercise… or not!

Access on foot or by bike

Of course, you can come just to see Haut-Barr Castle, but you can also discover it on foot or by bike: there’s no shortage of itineraries in the region! For example, I’d recommend this beautiful hike around Saverne or this great cycling loop around Saverne.

  • The superb view of the Alsace plain and the Vosges mountains
  • The Devil’s Bridge: impressive!
  • Nothing!