Tour - Five Chateaux Route
The Five Chateaux Route takes in the five castles of Dagsbourg, Wahlenbourg, Weckmund, Hohlandsbourg, and Pflixbourg, all located in close proximity in the forest at the eastern edge of the Vosges mountains, west of Colmar, in the Alsace region of France. With the exception of Hohlandsbourg, which was actually a fortified building site when Alamanicus visited in 2012, the chateaux are all ruins, so maybe this tour might better be described as the Four Piles of Rubble and a Building Site Route. It is, nevertheless, a scenic tour and comes thoroughly recommended, and all four piles of (actually quite well maintained) rubble have some fairly substantial towers poking out the middle of them.
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Sights of the Five Chateaux Route tour
- The Three Towers
Not trying to trump Tolkien here, there really are three towers, and some rubble, and it was Orc-free, at least during our visit; the three co-located castles of Dagsbourg, Wahlenbourg, and Weckmund.
- A Castle with a View
Pflixbourg translates as "view castle", though has anyone ever been to a castle without a view? Having a view is, after all, a fairly basic function of a castle.
- Coming a bit later - Hohlandsbourg
Actually, this one will be following quite a bit later. The castle is closed for renovations in 2012, so don't be holding your breath now, or if you do, be prepared to hold it until after April 2013, when the castle is next open to visitors.