Eguisheim Things to Do

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    Rue du Rempart

    by King_Golo Written Jun 13, 2014

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    Rue du Rempart is the most beautiful street in Eguisheim and consequently the recommended round tour of the village. The ramparts which gave the street its name are not visible from here as they are part of the houses lining the street on one side. However, the houses are more than spectacular: lovely old cottages full of nooks and crannies, all of which decorated with a plethora of blooming flowers. Rue du Rempart has the shape of a circle and encompasses the whole old part of Eguisheim. We had stopped there not knowing about it and were pretty confused when we suddenly ended up in exactly the area where we had begun... Other streets follow this principle as well so that Eguisheim's structure is sometimes compared to that of an onion. Anyway, Rue du Rempart is full of beautiful houses, lovely corners with shops (such as a Bretzellerie!) or restaurants and even the odd inhabitant among the countless tourists. In a nutshell, it's a must in Eguisheim.

    Rue du Rempart

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    Monument aux Victimes des Deux Guerres.

    by breughel Written Dec 28, 2009

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    This particular monument with the names of the victims of WW I and of WW II shows the dramatic fate of the Alsace-Lorraine region.
    In 1870, when Napoleon III lost the war against the Prussians, the Alsace became part of the German Empire.
    When WW I started in 1914 the Alsatians were incorporated in the German army. As they were suspected of sympathies for France most of them were sent on the Russian front.
    From this small village of Eguisheim 49 soldiers lost life in WW I.
    In November 1918 the Alsace returned to France.

    In 1940 the Alsace is again annexed to Germany. The Eguisheim victims of WW II are soldiers, a number of them where obliged after the French surrender to join the German army and to fight on the East front. They were called the "Malgré-Nous" (in spite of ourselves). There were 31 soldiers killed or missing and 19 civilian victims of WW II.

    Monument - Victims of 1939-1945 Monument - Victims of 1914-1918
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    Vignerons - winegrowers houses.

    by breughel Written Dec 27, 2009

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    There are only 1600 inhabitants in Eguisheim but more than 50 are vignerons-winegrowers and they have nice houses which serve as cellars and shops where visitors can taste and buy wines. I put here photos from two of them which are very colourful.

    Vignerons house, Eguisheim. ignerons house, Eguisheim.
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    Narrow house on a corner.

    by breughel Updated Dec 27, 2009

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    The photo shows the most spectacular street view with that narrow house called "Le Pigeonnier" (pigeon house) at the junction of two streets (rue du rempart Sud).
    Eguisheim is a unique example of 15th century civil and military architecture. Narrow streets around the former ramparts are lined with half-timbered houses, balconies, bow-windows and pointed gables. In the summer there are flowers everywhere. The village has a "4-flower" rating.

    Narrow house on a corner.
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    Rue du Rempart.

    by breughel Written Dec 27, 2009

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    This is the most spectacular street of Eguisheim following the former circular ramparts.
    It is a long and narrow street with half-timbered houses, balconies, bow-windows and pointed gables.
    There is a Rue du Rempart Sud starting at the Grand' Rue with that narrow house called "Le pigeonnier" (pigeon house) and on the other side of the town a Rue du Rempart Nord. They join at what is left of a gate "Porte Haute".
    The houses are rather simple - you will not see here much decorated and large houses like in Strasbourg or Colmar - but the colourful palette from red to blue is amazing.

    Rue du Rempart Sud. Red house. Rue du Rempart Sud. Blue house. Rue du Rempart Sud. Beige house. Rue du Rempart Sud. Le Pigeonnier.
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    Pope St Leo IX chapel.

    by breughel Written Dec 26, 2009

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    Pope St Leo IX was born here in 1002 as Bruno son of Count Hugon IV of Eguisheim
    Since 1894, a chapel is dedicated to him. It was built in a neo-roman style on the site of a medieval tower.
    Inside, on the vault, Martin painted medallions in the style of the 11th century. They represent seven scenes of the life of St-Leo. The stained glasses from 1895, symbolize the Saints of Alsace; many of them belonged to the family of the Counts of Eguisheim.

    Pope St Leo IX chapel - inside
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    The Weckmund.

    by breughel Updated Dec 14, 2009

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    The Weckmund castle was built in the 13th century on the same hill but to the south of the two other Eguisheim castles.
    At the death of the last direct descendant of the Counts of Eguisheim in 1225, the Counts of Ferrette became the closest heirs, but their claim was disputed by the Bishop of Strasbourg who declared war and occupied the castles of Eguisheim. In 1226-1227, King Henry of Germany, ally of the Counts of Ferrette, built this siege tower in the lower yard to control access to the castles. When peace returned, the Bishop retained the Dagsbourg (on the north) and the Weckmund reverted to the Count of Ferrette.

    Weckmund castle .
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    Wahlenbourg and Dagsbourg.

    by breughel Written Dec 12, 2009

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    From the three castles the oldest is called Wahlenbourg and was constructed in 1006 by Hugues IV, Count of Eguisheim on the site of a Roman watch tower. The edifice was divided into three distinct parts: at the top was the Count’s residence (on the left of the photo), below was accommodation for family retainers and officers, then at the bottom were barracks for soldiers and the stables.
    In 1026, the castle was destroyed by Duke Ernest of Swabia.
    On the right side of my photo you can see the tower of the Dagsbourg: This was built in 1144 by the Count of Ferrette. After a revolt against the Emperor Henri IV, it was destroyed in 1197 by Philip of Swabia, the Emperor’s brother.

    Wahlenbourg . Dagsbourg on the right.
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    "Trois Châteaux d' Eguisheim".

    by breughel Written Dec 12, 2009

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    The ruins of medieval castles called les "Trois Châteaux d' Eguisheim" stand on a hill (591 m) called Schlossberg at about 3 Km westwards from Eguisheim. They dominate a village called Husseren-les-Châteaux which is the highest winegrowing village of Alsace.
    So that the 3 castles or "Donjons d' Eguisheim" are not to be found in Eguisheim but in Husseren!
    From this village, with large views on the Rhine plain, a small road leads the visitor to a parking in the woods from where a path climbs in about 10 minutes to the 3 towers which are surprisingly located close to each other although at a certain period they belonged to different noblemen.

    The photo shows the ruins of the three castles above Husseren. They were built between the 11th and 13th c. and all three castles were destroyed in 1466 by the troops of the city of Mulhouse during the strange "Guerre des Six Deniers" (War of the 6 oboles).

    3 castles of Eguisheim.
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    Flowers in December.

    by breughel Updated Dec 8, 2009

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    This is another street of Eguisheim with half-timbered houses, balconies, bow-windows and pointed gables.
    Although we were in December one of the houses kept all its flowers.
    Did they enter them at night to hide them from frost?

    Street with flowers.
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    Mobile bottling machine.

    by breughel Updated Nov 29, 2009

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    The village was rather quiet when we visited in December. More alive are the important festivities of the Fête des Vignerons (winegrowers feast) during the last weekend of August.

    We were surprised to find in a street a lorry with a bottling machine in full activity. This mobile bottling machine serves the wine villages and bottles wines of the smaller winegrowers who have not the money to buy their own bottling machine.

    Mobile bottling machine.
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    Monument to Alsatian wine.

    by breughel Updated Nov 29, 2009

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    Eguisheim is considered as the birthplace of winegrowing in Alsace. The hillsides are covered with 339 hectares of vines growing in remarkable soils and exceptional microclimate. The slopes of the "Eichberg" and "Pfersigberg" have been officially classified as "Alsace Grand Cru" vineyards.
    There are only 1600 inhabitants but more than 50 are vignerons-winegrowers.

    This explains that Eguisheim has a monument to Alsatian wine with following ode:

    Ode au vin - Ode on wine

    Mon Dieu donnez moi la vie pour longtemps
    de l'Amour de temps en temps
    du Boulot pas trop souvent
    mais du Vin d'Alsace tout le temps.

    My God give me life for a long time
    Love from time to time
    Work not too often
    But Alsatian Wine all the time

    Monument to Alsatian wine.
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    The castle of Eguisheim.

    by breughel Written Nov 28, 2009

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    Behind the fountain on the Saint-Leon square stands what is called the lower castle of Eguisheim and is the birthplace of Pope St Leo IX (1002-1054). The visible outer wall of the castle is two metres thick in places. The castle was grounded in the 8th c. and built against the distinctive octogonal ramparts of bossed stone. What you see now dates from restorations in the 19th c.
    Next to the castle stands the St Leo chapel, where relics of St Leo IX are conserved. This Pope strived to reform the Church and refused to accept the interference of the Emperor in spiritual matters.

    Castle of Eguisheim
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    Saint-Leon square and fountain.

    by breughel Written Nov 28, 2009

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    The visit starts with the Saint-Leon square and fountain. Pope St Leo IX was born here in 1002 as Bruno son of Count Hugon IV of Eguisheim. There is a legend about Pope Leo IX according to which his father count Hugon tried to have him murdered when he was a child.
    The St Leo fountain, from 1834, is one of the biggest in Alsace with a capacity of 80000 litres.
    My photo is not the best because there was a strong contrast due to the December sun.

    Place St-Leon and fountain.
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    The ride of the city

    by Christophe01 Updated Aug 12, 2012

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    Eguisheim with the old streets circular and full of flowers. We visited the village at 8 am, the city still slept. That's great for photos.

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