Due to the character and the unique features of its medieval architecture, Dating back to the Roman Empire after the conquest of Alsace by Caesar, the castle was part of intelligence measures to ward off Germanic incursions. During the 12th century and onwards, Osthoffen became a fortified castle. Due to a siege lead by the Bishop of Strasbourg in 1410, fire raged through the building, depriving it of its 3rd floor.
An ancestor, the architect von Seebach, rebuilt the castle as a Rennaissance estate and a private dwelling, its military mission finally coming to a close after the Thirty Years War (1648). Bought in 1817 by viscount François Grouvel, the next 60 years witnessed 19th century modernisations. The Franco-Prussian War (1870/71) then tore Alsace from the rest of France. The family remained in place, however, a bastion of French tradition. We are most happy to share our family home with you. The rooms in which you will sleep are those used by our ancestors who gaze out from their portraits, no doubt surprised by the 21 st century “mod-cons” of the new en suite bathrooms ! Each room has been refurbished, family belongings restored and central heating installed. Osthoffen Castle offers a great variety of opportunities to enhance the advertising of private companies or official administrations.
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