La Petite-Pierre castle – a gem in the northeast of France

La Letite-Pierre is a castle located in the Bas-Rhin department of the Grand Est region of France. It’s situated on the border with Germany, which is why it has in the past sometimes also served as the seat for German noblemen as well. Castle has been in use to this day actually, which is very surprising to me considering how old this castle is.

La Petite-Pierre castle – a gem in the northeast of France

First records of La Petite-Pierre are dating back all the way to 1212. It was originally a stronghold built by the Hugues IV of Nordgau, Count of Egisheim. Castle was built sometime at the end of 12th century, and it isn’t clear who built the castle. Over the years there were many improvements done to the castle, and it has lost some buildings, like an adjoining pentagonal keep which was destroyed in the 19th century.

Castle is built on top of a crest, and has a very unusual shape, as you can see from the image above. Currently the castle is being used by the Northern Vosges Regional Nature Park. They have a dedicated room with precious heirlooms from the castle history. Original cistern used to store water is still standing to this day. Entire castle is well worth the short trip from the south of England, and I visit it often. You should too.