• Privately owned.
Dating back to the Roman Empire after the conquest of Alsace by Caesar, the castle Le Chateau d'Osthoffen 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).
More changes came about with the 18th century: courtyard walls were removed and new wide windows enlightened both the façade and the interior. The castle lost its towers during the French Revolution by order of the new authorities, one of the first works undertaken by the new owner was to rebuilt them.
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.
Yet more destruction took place during World War II with many treasures stolen or burnt. During the fifties and sixties Osthoffen turned resolutely towards Europe, hosting receptions held by the city of Strasbourg to promote this new ideal, an ideal dearly held by the present owner and his family.
During the fifties and the sixties, Osthoffen castle was used by the city of Strasbourg for the promotion of the European Institutions in Strasbourg. Many concerts and official receptions took place in Osthoffen.
Dear future guest,
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.
Please feel free to ask Elisabeth at the reception desk for any further information : she will be delighted to assist you.
So wherever you journey on to, we hope you will take along a happy memory of Osthoffen, situated in the heart of Alsace, this most delightful of French regions : this is our aim.
A sincere welcome to you all
▪ Viscount François Grouvel’s bedroom ▪
▪ Gulath Wellenbourg bedroom ▪
▪ Bedroom of the Nebel sisters ▪
▪ Frau von Ketschau’s bedroom ▪
▪ Dorsner bedroom ▪
▪ The Bourjolly bedroom ▪
▪ Zuckmantel bedroom ▪
Rates shown are for reference only; upon requesting a reservation you will be quoted the Best Available Rate at the time of your inquiry
*Breakfast price included- according the bedroom
The reception desk is open at Osthoffen from 17.30 to 21.00 hrs
A buffet breakfast is served on the 2 nd floor from 7.30 to 9,30 hrs in week days
And from 8 to 10.30 hrs on week ends.
We thank you for vacating your room at 11hrs at the latest.
How to reach the hotel
Train Station: Strasbourg (15 Kms.)
Airport: Strasbourg International Airport (8 Kms.)
15 mins from Strasbourg city centre and TGV central station.
10mins from the airport.
The capital of Alsace, Strasbourg is one of France's greatest cities and the birthplace of paté de foie gras.
It was in Strasbourg that Rouget de Lisle first sang "La Marseillaise," the French national anthem.
Strasbourg is one of France's major ports, only 3km (2 miles) west of the Rhine. In addition to being host to the Council of Europe, Strasbourg is home to the European Parliament, which convenes at the Palais de l'Europe.
In 1871, Strasbourg was absorbed by Germany and made the capital of the territory of Alsace-Lorraine, but reverted to France in 1918.
One street is a perfect illustration of the city's identity crisis: more than a century ago it was avenue Napoléon. In 1871, it became Kaiser-Wilhelmstrasse, then boulevard de la République in 1918. In 1940, it became Adolf-Hitler-Strasse, and ended up as avenue du Général-de-Gaulle in 1945.
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