The Haut-Barr castle is located in Saverne, in the North of Alsace. I had the chance to discover it while hiking around Saverne, a hike during which we stopped to visit it.

I am not usually passionate about castles, especially not about those in ruins, but the visit of this castle turned out to be worth it. The Haut-Barr castle is a fortified castle that was erected on huge sandstone rocks. It is 470 meter high and in an exceptional location, with a splendid view on the Alsace plain and on the Vosges.

Built in 1170, the Haut-Barr castle has been transformed and restored during the 14th century. It was erected by Strasbourg bishops, to watch the Zorn valley and the Alsace plain. This is actually why it has been nicknamed as “the Eye of Alsace“. Nowadays, on a clear day, you can even glimpse the spire of Strasbourg cathedral. The castle has been abandoned during the 18th century.

It’s also interesting to go have a look at the castle chapel, made up of a Romanesque nave and of a Gothic choir with oriel. You can also discover many other elements of the castle in ruins, such as the artillery tower, the Seigneurial dwelling or the windows.

Two rocks are connected with a footbridge called the Devil’s Bridge. I have to admit that it is very impressive to cross! If you have vertigo, it might be an interesting exercise… or not!

I liked

  • The splendid  view on the Alsace plain and the Vosges
  • The Devil’s Bridge: very impressive!

I liked a little less

  • Nothing!

My pictures of the Haut-Barr castle

Practical information

Prices and opening times

Access to the castle is free and open.

Getting here

By car

The address is as follows: Château du Haut-Barr 67700 Saverne. The castle is located:

  • 55 km from Strasbourg (about 50 minutes)
  • 90 km from Colmar (about 1h25 drive)
  • 133 km from Mulhouse (about 1h45 drive)
By public transport

It is unfortunately not possible.