Château des Rohan in Saverne
One of the must-see attractions during your stay in Alsace: the Château des Rohan in Saverne!
The jewel of the « Alsatian Versailles »...
Nicknamed the « Petit Versailles Alsacien », the Château des Rohan dominates the heart of Saverne. Located in the city centre, along the Canal de la Marne au Rhin, this majestic building with its neoclassical façade is one of the largest castles in France. Its facade, on the park side, is 140 metres long, equivalent to the height of Strasbourg Cathedral.
Built in the 13th century, rebuilt at the end of the 18th century and restored in the 19th century on the initiative of Napoleon III, the Château des Rohan now houses many structures. You can visit the Saverne Museum with the Louise Weiss section, the archaeological collection and the art and history collection. The building also houses a school, a youth hostel, a cultural representation area and a large park overlooking the Marne-Rhine Canal, with the Marina opposite.
A little history
The current castle is the fourth in a series of monuments that have been built since the Middle Ages. Until the Revolution, the Château des Rohan was the main residence of the bishops of Strasbourg. Cardinal de Rohan entrusted the reconstruction of the building to the architect Nicolas Alexandre Salins de Montfort, but the work was interrupted by the Revolution.
Between 1853 and 1857 and after being restored by Emperor Napoleon III, the building served as a refuge for the widows of senior civil servants who died for the party. After the war of 1870, the castle was transformed into a barracks. And it was acquired by the city of Saverne in 1952.
The next meetings at Château des Rohan
- Venetian Carnival - Cour du Roy :
From April 18 to 19, 2020 : attend a dazzling show of beauty where costumed people will stroll through the streets of Saverne to take you on a journey to Venice!
Find more information on the website of the Office de Tourisme de Saverne.