OT Vallée de Kaysersberg
OT Vallée de Kaysersberg

Schwendi Castle

This is the first lower castle of Kientzheim. It is located at the entrance to the lower town and was built by John I of Lupfen around 1400. When Lazarus of Schwendi became the owner of the lordship of Hohlandsberg, he had the castle partially rebuilt and enlarged between 1563 and 1583 (according to Papirer, the reconstruction took two years). The outbuildings in the courtyard probably date from the same period. He enlarged his property with the adjoining property of the Knights of St. John of Colmar and extended the crenellated surrounding wall that still exists in the Grand' Rue. The castle remained in the Schwendi family until 1770. The castle is located at the entrance to the lower town. The west wing with a gable has an underground cellar with a concentric brick vault falling on a central sandstone column. The east wing, with a Renaissance-style gable, has segmental-arched mullioned windows. Each level has a large room. After 1972 the castle became the property of the Confrérie Saint Etienne, which had the premises restored and fitted out for its needs. In 1980 a wine museum was installed in the outbuildings.

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  • Altitude : 200m

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