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15/46.- Alsace, castles

The Rhine Valley is separated from the mountains by a fertile plain. The mountains overlooking the plain are studded with castles. One of these is the Haut Koenigsbourg (not shown here), a feudal 15th-century castle that was reconstructed under the orders of Emperor William II. In 1918, William had the famous inscription "Ich habe es nicht gewollt" ("I did not want it" -- presumably referring to World War One) placed over the fireplace grate in the large reception room.

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