Stroll to the three castles of Ribeauvillé

It's a nice walk that visits the three castles of Ribeauvillé at a slightly different angle from the traditional walk.

Technical sheet No. 4098351

A Ribeauvillé (Haut-Rhin) walk posted on 25/04/15 by LB_Neil. Last update : 27/06/19
Calculated time Calculated time: 3h10 ?
Distance Distance : 7.14 km
Vertical gain Vertical gain : 383 m
Vertical drop Vertical drop : 383 m
Highest point Highest point : 644 m
Lowest point Lowest point : 283 m
Moderate Difficulty : Moderate
Back to starting point Back to starting point : Yes
Pédestre Pédestre
Area Area : Vosges mountains
Location Location : Ribeauvillé (Haut-Rhin) (68150)
Starting point Starting point : N 48.198846° / E 7.315597°
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Engraving by Merian showing the three castles in 1663


(S) The start is the sports field at the top of Ribeauvillé (take Rue Klee and Rue de Lutzelbach up to the small car park where you can easily park).

Leave the car park by the vehicle accessible road that runs along the sports field and runs north into the Valley of Lutzelbach. Follow the path along the stream without changing direction. Pass the Lutzelbach Fountain (drinking water) (1).

Soon after the fountain, the road makes a hairpin bend to the right and leaves the bank of the stream.

At the crossroads following (2), do not head towards Schluesselstein, instead turn left and stay on the trail with Red-White-Red markings to Taennchel - Three castles (variant of the GR).

Reach a place with a nice view of the valley and the back of the Haut-Ribeaupierre. Cross the RM5 leading to Thannenkirch on the right and heading out after 50 m on your left towards the three castles at the Quatre Chênes crossroads (3). Continue straight to a picnic table where there is a nice view of Taennchel (4). Take a break here or continue a few tens of metres to the Dusenbach cross (a stone calvary).

At the picnic table, turn left and follow the Red-White-Red marking that lead to castles. Take care to leave the dirt road onto a path to the left after about 300 m. Follow the path through the woods. Cross a path and continue opposite.

Arrive at a crossroads (5) where you can either choose to climb to the Haut-Ribeaupierre (Red and White arrows of the RM5, head opposite) or avoid it (follow the Red-White-Red arrows) to the right. My preferred itinerary avoids the castle because it can’t be visited.
A steep path leads to the largest of the three castles: Saint Ulrich (6).

It joins the GR5 which descends from Haut-Ribeaupierre. You can visit the well restored castle, and enjoy a magnificent view of the valley.

From this point, it’s only a few minutes walk to see the 3rd castle, Girsberg. Then head down to Ribeauvillé by a very steep path (RM5). Pass a gazebo where you can take a break (7).

Arrive at the rear of the school, turn left onto the concrete slab path that brings us back to the car park.

Waypoints :
D/A : km 0 - alt. 283 m
1 : km 1.59 - alt. 442 m - Fontaine du Lutzelbach
2 : km 2.44 - alt. 495 m - Crossroads towards Schlusselstein
3 : km 3.89 - alt. 579 m - Carrefour des Quatre Chênes
4 : km 4.39 - alt. 624 m - Picnic table
5 : km 5.23 - alt. 605 m - Crossroads
6 : km 5.76 - alt. 520 m - Château Saint Ulrich
7 : km 6.86 - alt. 316 m - Gazebo
D/A : km 7.14 - alt. 283 m

Useful Information

Take the precaution of bringing proper shoes, some sections are difficult.

Drinking water at the fountain of Lutzelbach.

Picnic area at the Dusenbach Cross and the castle of Saint Ulrich.

Visorando and this author cannot be held responsible in the case of accidents or problems occuring on this walk.

During the walk or to do/see around

Visit nearby villages: Ribeauvillé, Riquewihr, Kaysersberg. To be avoided in the tourist season, there are too many people.

More adventurous walkers can continue walking beyond the Dusenbach cross to Thannenkirch or Taennchel.

Opinions and comments


Global average : 4.33/5
Number of opinions : 3
Clarity of route description : 4/5
Clarity of route map : 4/5
Walk interest : 5/5

on Tue 04 Oct 2022 11:29:51 EDT

Global average : 4.33 / 5

Date of walk : 27/09/22
Clarity of route description : ★★★★☆ Good
Clarity of route map : ★★★★☆ Good
Walk interest : ★★★★★ Very good

A very good walk - a little challenging at first as unsure as to whether on the right track and with few if any marking present.
More signs appeared after the first hour and towards the end the way was well marked. A very enjoyable mainly forest walk.

Admin walker
on Mon 02 May 2022 07:59:20 EDT

Hi Pekkak,

Thank you for this feedback. Have you got any suggestions to improve the plot by any change between waypoints 3 and 5 ?

Enjoy your walks.

on Fri 29 Apr 2022 02:27:30 EDT

Global average : 4.33 / 5

Date of walk : 28/04/22
Clarity of route description : ★★★★☆ Good
Clarity of route map : ★★★★☆ Good
Walk interest : ★★★★★ Very good

Nice walk. There has been some logging done between points 3 and 5. Some crossroads did not have all route markers visible.

on Thu 04 Oct 2018 16:33:07 EDT

Global average : 4.33 / 5

Date of walk : 30/09/18
Clarity of route description : ★★★★☆ Good
Clarity of route map : ★★★★☆ Good
Walk interest : ★★★★★ Very good

Very Nice walk. Make sure you walk in the right direction. The climb is less steap. The castles are very fun and the view is beautifull.

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