A misty wet day in the Alsace when we visited this chateau not far from its smaller brother called Petit-Geroldseck but a very beautiful site full of lots of stunning features a very worthwhile visit.
The castle is one of the oldest in the northern Vosges, founded at the beginning of the 12th century by the lords of Geroldseck, avoués of the abbey of Marmoutier, to ensure the protection of its territories. It constitutes a fine collection of feudal residence. Built on a platform, it combined the functions of dwelling and defence. It was heavily altered at the 13th, 14th and 15th centuries.
The square keep has walls three metres thick, faced in embossed stone. The cellars of the lord’s residence and the barbican are still visible.