Nestling in the heart of Alsace between the Vosges range and the plains of the Ried, Sélestat is located 35 minutes from Strasbourg.
Its outstanding architectural heritage sites provide a wonderful opportunity to discover the local legends and history.
ON THE ALSATIAN WINE ROAD
The Alsatian Wine Road passes through a string of picturesque villages in bloom or well-known wine producing towns, and offers breathtaking views illustrating the richness and diversity of the Alsatian landscapes.
THE CASTLE OF HAUT-KOENIGSBOURG
Up on the heights of Orschwiller, the outline of this imposing building can be seen from far across the plain. You can’t come to Alsace without paying a visit to one of its most popular monuments.
It offers an outstanding view and in clear weather you can sometimes see the Alps…
Horaires de la billetterie :
January-February, November-December: 9.30-12.00 and 13.00-16.30 / March and October: 9.30- 17.00 / April, May and September: 9.15-17.15 / June, July and August: 9.15-18.00 / Closed on January 1, May 1, December 25 and Mondays from November to February.
Adress: Château du Haut-Kœnigsbourg, 67600 Orschwiller
Verlooked by the castle of Haut-Koenigsbourg, the Montagne des Singes park (Monkey Mountain) is home to more than 200 Barbary apes living in complete freedom.
Monkeys in Alsace ! Well it makes a change from storks !
After this visit, you can spend a few days or a weekend with the birds of the Eagle Park or with the storks in Cigoland.
Nearby the Hohkönigsburg, most visited monument of Alsace
During your stay you will enjoy the charm of our accommodation and our local and regional specialties.
You will be astonished by the amazing proximity of the monkeys, who readily approach you to take the popcorn given to you when you arrive, directly from your hand.
They live in a superb 24-hectare forest in conditions very close to those they would enjoy in the wild.
The guides from Monkey Mountain also organise feeding sessions throughout the day.
THE EAGLE PARK
Here buzzards, black-eared kites, vultures and other birds of prey are in their very own kingdom. In the mediaeval setting of Kintzheim Castle in the heart of the Alsatian wine producing area, they provide a breath-taking aerial show where excitement is guaranteed.
Watching the world’s largest birds of prey flying in total freedom will help you to better understand their behaviour.
The Volerie des Aigles (Eagle Park) was created in 1968. This is the first park of its kind in France devoted to these birds, many of which are today endangered.
How about slipping on a leather glove to try your hand at falconry for an outstanding day with a difference?
Just a few metres from the Eagle Park as the crow flies, you can also discover Monkey Mountain and the legendary castle of Haut-Koenigsbourg.
Come along and discover this nature reserve in the Sélestat Ried area, which we’re sure will delight and amaze you !
This beautiful corner of nature located near Sélestat gets its name from the “Forest of the Ill” (Illwald in Alsatian).
As a “green lung” for the nearby town, this regional nature reserve includes a unique selection of fauna and flora.
The many shades of green offered by its dense and well protected vegetation combine with the blue of the flood waters often experienced in these wetlands to create an attractive natural environment !
When turning a corner, sharp-eyed walkers may be lucky enough to surprise a couple of France’s largest wild deer population here.
L’Ill*wald is home to many natural treasures waiting to be discovered along its forest paths. The small fleabanes, marsh ferns, ramsons, kingfishers or beavers are just a few examples.
At the bottom of the range of hills on which the castle of Haut-Koenigsbourg stands, in the centre of Alsace, Cigoland is a leisure park which is great fun but also educational.
You’ll be greeted by the bill-clattering of the white storks, the quintessential symbol of Alsace.
Present in large numbers in the park, with more than 100 birds and almost 50 born each year, this wading bird with its red beak and black and white plumage is the star of the show here.
In addition to the attractions, the children can also discover almost 25 additional animal species including: lamas, emus, swans, deer, ponies and more.
Nearby, you can also visit the Volerie des Aigles (Eagle Park) and the Montagne des Singes (Monkey Mountain).
Discover a host of Renaissance treasures
in the Bibliothèque Humanist museum,
in the heart of Alsace!
Explore the secrets of some truly exceptional books… The Bibliothèque Humaniste takes visitors on a fascinating journey, from medieval manuscripts to rare printed works 15th and 16th century, in a magnificent architectural setting created by Rudy Ricciotti.
Follow in the footsteps of illustrious humanist Beatus Rhenanus and marvel at his personal library, a treasure which features on the UNESCO Memory of the World register.
Beatus Rhenanus, a 16th-century humanist
The central section of the permanent exhibition focuses on the intellectual career of Beatus Rhenanus, a Sélestat native, prominent humanist and friend of Erasmus, who left his extraordinary personal library to his home town upon his death in 1547. Taken together, these 670 works form one of the richest Renaissance collections to have survived intact.
Here you can discover books and objects retracing the life of this famous humanist, for example his old school book from his time at the Latin School.
The Special Reserve section of the Bibliothèque Humaniste, containing some 154 medieval manuscripts and 1611 printed works from the 15th and 16th centuries, is best explored book by book, theme by theme. This striking glass cube houses the most precious items from the library’s collections.
Thanks to a new digital system, you can delve deep into this treasure and flick freely through books that have now been digitised.