Hike to the castles of Wangenbourg and Freudeneck

Updated on 2024-04-23

The Wangenbourg region is located 45km west of Strasbourg. It is a corner nicknamed "The little Switzerland of Alsace" because of its hilly and wooded landscapes as well as its scattered habitats. It's true that it might remind you of it sometimes, but don't expect to find yourself in the Alps either ;-) Nevertheless, the region is really beautiful and offers an idyllic setting for nature lovers, with very nice options of cycling, mountain biking or walking. Personally, I love it!

Laurène is the blog's creator. Originally from Brittany but now living in Alsace, she has fallen in love with her adopted region and loves exploring its every nook and cranny to unearth great ideas to share with you!

The Path of the 2 castles in Wangenbourg

This is one of the emblematic walks of the area that I propose here: the path of the 2 castles, with however a small variation on the second part. This walk is easy: 8km and only 210m of difference in altitude, no technical difficulty, it is a walk suitable for the whole family!

This easy hike allows you to discover two castles (Wangenbourg and Freudeneck), to have a beautiful point of view from the tower of the castle of Wangenbourg, to walk along beautiful paths in the forest and to observe beautiful blocks of pink sandstone typical of the Northern Vosges. Nice, right?

The hiking route step by step

The departure is at the parking of the 5th army in Wangenbourg-Engenthal, just in front of the Tourist Office. One starts then by taking the direction of the castle of Wangenbourg. I did not know this castle, I was surprised when I discovered it: it is in ruins certainly but beautiful majestic ruins giving an idea of what it could have been in the past! You can also climb to the top of its tower (open every day until 6pm), which I recommend you do: the view on the surroundings is magnificent and 360 degrees!

We then continue in the direction of the Kittelfels following the yellow circle. At the Kittelfels, follow the yellow circle in the direction of Freudeneck Castle. This castle is really in ruins but is slowly coming back to life thanks to the work of very invested volunteers. It is only possible to access it during Builders’ workshops (workshops where you can get hands-on with the castle’s conservation work and help out!), but the volunteers aim to make the castle accessible to the public one day! The work to be done is impressive but the project is progressing little by little.

Going down, we follow the markings with the blue and the yellow cross. When you arrive on the asphalt road, you take to the right and follow the road then you cross the D224 and you take the stone staircase just in front. Then, we follow the yellow cross to reach the Rotfels, a very pleasant place to picnic. Picnic tables are available.

On the way back, follow the yellow round marker in the direction of the Steigenbach, then follow the direction of Wangenbourg along the road, take the stairs in front and follow Wangenbourg (tourist office) to the starting point.

  • Admire the 2 castles
  • The view from the tower of the castle of Wangenbourg
  • Beautiful forest
  • Easy walk
  • Nothing!

My photos of the 2 castles hike in Wangenbourg