This first photo shows the castle way off in the distance. It was taken eight miles away (using the zoom lens) in the town of Selestat. When you start to get closer to the castle you lose sight of it due to interference of hills and heavy forests blocking the view.
The castle is major tourist attraction receiving over 600,000 visitors a year. Matter of fact, when you get to the top there are no parking lots so, I passed people parking their cars alongside the road more than a mile down the hill. I count four French policeman stationed near the castle entrance roadway mostly to prevent French drivers from blocking the road with their usual double and triple parking.
The pink sandstone gives the castle its unique look.It took eight years to rebuild the castle (1900-1908) with the latest technology being used including building a railway line up the hill to ferry supplies (taken apart when the castle was completed).
Built on a rocky spur on the hilltop, you have views of several different valley floors. As you can see it's a cloudy day. A half hour after snapping this photo it started raining.