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AERIAL VIEW photo of the Haut-Koenigsbourg Castle, Bas-Rhin, Alsace, Grand Est, France. VUE AERIENNE

The Haut-Koenigsbourg Castle (elevation: 757 meters) is located on a wooded summit in the Vosges Mountains. This site with its strategic vantage point over the plain of Alsace has been occupied by a castle, since at least 1147 CE. The current castle dates back to 1908 when it was inaugurated by the German emperor Wilhelm II, who had commissioned its restauration. Orschwiller, Bas-Rhin, Alsace, Grand Est, France.

AERIAL VIEW photo of Haut-Koenigsbourg Donjon, Bas-Rhin, Alsace, Grand Est, France. VUE AERIENNE

Built with the characteristic Vosges pink sandstone extracted from a nearby quarry, the Haut-Koenigsbourg Castle is an architectural marvel. With its imposing 62-meter-high donjon visible for miles around, the castle is a landmark of the Alsace region and one of France's most visited castles. Orschwiller, Bas-Rhin, Alsace, Grand Est, France.

AERIAL VIEW photo of Saint-Ulrich Castle, Ribeauvillé, Alsace, Grand Est, France. VUE AERIENNE

The impressive ruins of Saint-Ulrich Castle are testimony to the power of the local lords who had occupied the castle from the eleventh to the sixteenth century. Different architectural elements were added in that period. The castle was abandoned in the sixteenth century and listed on the national register of historic monuments in 1841. Ribeauvillé, Haut-Rhin, Alsace, Grand Est, France.

AERIAL VIEW photo of Haut-Ribeaupierre Castle, Haut-Rhin, Alsace, Grand Est, France. VUE AERIENNE château de Haut-Ribeaupierre.

A stone’s throw from the Saint-Ulrich Castle, stands the ruins of the Haut-Ribeaupierre Castle, it dates back to the eleventh century and is located at an elevation of 642 meters on the eastern Vosges Mountains. Ribeauvillé, Haut-Rhin, Alsace, Grand Est, France.

AERIAL VIEW photo of Ortenbourg Castle, Bas-Rhin, Alsace, Grand Est, France. VUE AERIENNE Château d'Ortenbourg.

The Ortenbourg Castle is a thirteenth-century medieval fortress built on a rocky outcrop on the eastern Vosges Mountains. The peculiarity of this granit-made structure is its 32-meter-high pentagonal donjon, which is partially enveloped by a proctective high wall facing the mountainside. Scherwiller, Bas-Rhin, Alsace, Grand Est, France.

AERIAL VIEW photo of Haut-Eguisheim Castles (Dagsbourg, Wahlenbourg, Weckmund), Haut-Rhin, Alsace, Grand Est, France. VUE AERIENNE châteaux de Haut-Eguisheim.

The three Castles of Eguisheim (elevation: 591 meters) are built on the Schlossberg hill on the eastern Vosges Mountains, they overlook the Plain of Alsace to the east. The three donjons are (left to right) Weckmund (twelfth century), Wahlenbourg (eleventh century), and Dagsbourg (twelfth century). Husseren-les-Châteaux, Haut-Rhin, Alsace, Grand Est, France.

AERIAL VIEW photo of Hohlandsbourg Castle, Alsace, Grand Est, France. VUE AERIENNE

Strategically located on a hilltop, approximately 400 meters above the Plain of Alsace, stands the Hohlandsbourg Castle. This castle of historical significance was built in the late thirteenth century. Historic artifacts dating back as early as 1300 BCE have been found on this site. Wintzenheim, Haut-Rhin, Alsace, Grand Est, France.

VERTICAL AERIAL VIEW photo of Plixbourg Castle, Wintzenheim, Alsace, Grand Est, France. VUE AERIENNE

There is uncertainty as to when Pflixbourg Castle was built, possibly in the early thirteenth century. It is located on a hilltop, approximately 200 meters above the Fecht Valley. It was built with granit coming from the leveled summit where it stands. Wintzenheim, Haut-Rhin, Alsace, Grand Est, France.

AERIAL VIEW photo of the keep of Plixbourg Castle, Wintzenheim, Alsace, Grand Est, France. VUE AERIENNE

Within the pentagonal wall stands the 23-meter-tall bergfried. Unlike a keep, a bergfried has no window and is not designed for permanent habitation. The castle is listed on the National Register of Historic Places since 1968. Wintzenheim, Haut-Rhin, Alsace, Grand Est, France.

AERIAL VIEW photo of Bourlemont Castle above the fog. Vosges, Grand Est, France. VUE AERIENNE

Bourlemont Castle is a medieval castle whose origins dates back to the early twelfth century. It stands above the Meuse Valley, hidden here by the early morning fog. Frebécourt, Vosges, Grand Est, France.

AERIAL VIEW photo of Saint-Mammès Cathedral, Langres, Haute-Marne, Champagne-Ardenne, Grand Est, France. VUE AERIENNE cathédrale de Saint-Mammès.

Saint-Mammès Cathedral is a Roman Catholic church erected in the late twelfth century. It is in the located in the center of Langres; a medieval hilltop town encircled by 3.5 kilometers of defensive walls. Haute-Marne, Grand Est, France.

AERIAL VIEW photo of Champaubert Church, Lake Der, Haute-Marne, Champagne-Ardenne, Grand Est, France. VUE AERIENNE Église de Champaubert, Lac du Der.

Lake of the Der is an artificial lake inaugurated in 1967, it covers a surface of 48km2. The water from the Marne River feeds into the lake through a canal. It was built as a way to prevent flooding to the cities downstream, primarily Paris — the Marne River is a tributary of the Seine River. Following the rising waters of the newly built reservoir, three villages were submerged; Saint-Laurent Church on the lakeside is what remains of the village of Champaubert-aux-Bois. Lake of the Der, Marne / Haute-Marne, Grand Est, France.

AERIAL VIEW photo of churches in Sélestat, Bas-Rhin, Alsace, Grand Est, France. VUE AERIENNE Églises.

Two remarkable religious monuments stand In the historic center of Sélestat; on the left, St. Faith Church with its romanesque architecture was built in the second half of the twelfth century and on the right, St. George Church with its gothic architecture was built between the early thirteenth and the early fifteenth century. Sélestat, Bas-Rhin, Alsace, Grand Est, France.

AERIAL VIEW photo of church, Munster, Alsace, Grand Est, France. VUE AERIENNE Église.

In the town of Munster, which gave its name to the famous cheese produced locally, stands the Protestant church. It was built between 1867 and 1873 with the pink sandstone from nearby quarries in the Vosges Mountains. Munster, Haut-Rhin, Alsace, Grand Est, France.

AERIAL VIEW photo of a steeple and half-timbered houses, Châtenois, Alsace, Grand Est, France. VUE AERIENNE clocher et maisons à colombages.

The Romanesque steeple of Saint-Georges Church and a few homes with the traditional half-timbered architecture. Châtenois, Bas-Rhin, Alsace, Grand Est, France.

AERIAL VIEW photo of a chapel, Rocher de Dabo, Moselle, Grand Est, France. VUE AERIENNE chapelle.

The Rocher de Dabo is a pink sandstone mound with a breathtaking view of the wilderness of the Vosges Mountains. It is crowned with an old chapel built in 1889. Moselle, Grand Est, France.

AERIAL VIEW photo of Bois-Chenu Basilica, Domrémy-la-Pucelle, Grand Est, France. VUE AERIENNE.

The Bois-Chenu Basilica is dedicated to Joan of Arc. It was completed in 1926, close to where the shepherdess Jeanne would have heard her voices. The basilica is located near the village of Domrémy-la-Pucelle where she was born. Vosges, Grand Est, France.

AERIAL VIEW photo of the birthplace of Joan of Arc, Domrémy-la-Pucelle, Grand Est, France. VUE AERIENNE.

In the middle of the grove, the house with the one-sided roof, is the birthplace of Joan of Arc (circa 1412). The modern building behind is an interpretation center on the life of the heroine. Domrémy-la-Pucelle, Vosges, Grand Est, France.

AERIAL VIEW photo of a half-timbered church, Outines, Marne, Grand Est, France. VUE AERIENNE

In the village of Outines stands the half-timbered Church of Saint-Nicolas. It is one of the best examples of the traditional architecture in the Aube region. Built in the mid sixteenth century, it is listed on the national register of historic monuments. Outines, Marne, Grand Est, France.

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