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Saint-Ulrich castle and Reinbeaupierre lords

The Knights' room | Dsch67 / CC-BY-SA
Castle Saint-Ulrich castle

Reinbaud’s stronghold

Mentioned for the first time in 1038, an Alsatian lord, Reinbaud, lived here in his keep: ″It’s mine!!″ said he.

So, he naturally called it Reinbeaupierre (″Reinbaud’s rock″). His ancestors changed their name into Ribeaupierre, Rappolstein in German…

A powerful family! They were kings of Bavaria’s ancestors!

And to establish their power, they needed a real stronghold: so they raised an amazing big circular keep flanks by a rampart, located on a high rocky spur… An impregnable lair! Inside the rampart, they raised two dwelling houses.

And between 1220 and 1250, those lords started to extend the place: they added a square keep to the south and a rectangular building, too: here, we still can see the gorgeous ″Knights’ room″!

This vast room is decorated with delicate Gothic windows. Pretty unusual, for such a massive fortress, isn’t it?

A familial struggle

Hey: in the 13th century, a chap called Anselme de Ribeaupierre inherited from his dad. But he wanted to keep his inheritance!

To share it with his brothers? No way! So, he was besieged by Rodolphe of Habsburg, who wanted to punish him.

But Saint-Ulrich was impregnable… so we had to wait 6 years, to see another king trying another siege! One succeeded in, and arrested Anselme. Of course, this one was forced to share his inheritance with his brothers! So there...

From Ursligen to Ulrich!

The proud dynasty of the Ribeaupierre died out in 1673: so, their successors abandoned the castle little by little…

First, we had bishop of Basel. Bishop who gave Saint-Ulrich one day to a lord called d'Eguenolf d'Urslingen… who changed his name for Ribeaupierre!

Well, a pretty nice name, isn’t it? And easier to pronounce than Urslingen! But when in the 15th century they raised the Saint-Ulrich chapel, in the middle of the fortress, this one had to change name: Ribeaupierre became Saint-Ulrich...

The visit of Saint-Ulrich

Saint-Ulrich is part of the 3 medieval fortresses of city of Ribeauvillé, with the Girsberg and the Haut-Ribeaupierre.

We discover: the square keep and the main building (12th c.), the Knights’ room and the Big tower (13th c.), the rampart (14th c.) and Saint-Ulrich chapel (15th c.)...

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