The centre of Lauterbourg is a mix of styles. Not much is preserved from before the fire of 1678, for example the Episcopal Residence. In the 18th century some remarkable houses have been built. In the side streets you'll also spot some pretty half-timbered houses. The old town is worth a stroll.Examples of inetresting or just pretty town houses...more
The little protestant church is well hidden in a side lane. It looks a bit unusual and there is reason for that. The building originally served as powder magazine for the Vauban fortress. Itw as built in 1708. In 1887 the protestant community bought the building to turn it into a church. This proved difficult. Windows and doors had to be broken...more
The catholic Church of the Holy Trinity is the centre and landmark of the town. It is located on a platform above the main square (Place de la République), from where you have the best view.The building still has some medieval (gothic) parts in the choir and the sacresty. It was badly damaged in the wars of the late 17th century, though. The nave...more
The town gate was built in the place of a medieval gate in 1708. It is part of the baroque fortifications in Vauban style. The outward side shows a relief with a sun in the triangular gable: the symbol of the Sun King Louis XIV, which is presented to every visitor who enters from the German border. Landau is the name of the nearest larger town on...more
... or that's what it looks like. No idea if it has a name; this is my title for it.An imaginative artist has painted the facade of this small town house in a really weird way.The house is located next to Porte de Landau. The pink colour makes it impossible to miss. Fancy, huh?more
The much smaller Jewish cemetery is surrounded by a high wall, and the gate is locked. But you can catch a glimpse through the wrought-iron gate. The cemetery was opened in the second half of the 19th century, the oldest tombstone present dates from 1877. Most tombstones are pre-World War II, for obvious reasons.more
The two cemeteries of Lauterbourg, the Christian and the Jewish (see separate tip) are located next to each other outside the old town along Rue de la Chapelle. The Christian cemetey is the bigger one, and open in the daytime.The active part of the cemetery has a mix of older and modern tombstones. The older monuments are on family graves that have...more
The little chapel is the first historical building that you will spot on the way from the station into town. It was built in 1667 (date above the portal) after the plague hit the town. Only 200 inhabitants of Lauterbourg survived, and they donated the chapel here outside the town. This was the location of the cemetery where the victims of the...more
The town hall of Lauterbourg is a baroque building in the main street, easy to find because of the flags in front of it. The beautiful sandstone portal shows the town crest and the date 1731.The ground floor hosts the tourist information office, which might be useful for visitors. Even if you don't want to visit it, walk in through the portal to...more
The tower and the adjacent ruin are remains of Lauterbourg's medieval fortification. The tower is nabed the "Butchers' Tower" because the butcher guild was in charge of this tower. To each guild a part of the fortification was assigned where their members had to stand guard in case of war or siege. Later on the tower was used as prison.The tower is...more
The main sight in Lauterbourg is this church. The existence of a parish church and its first certified mentioning is dating back to 1390. The actual chorus, which was vaulted, was finished by 1467, the date of its consecration by the bishop of Speyer, Matthias von Rammung (1417-1478). The sacristy and the staircase tower date back to about the same...more
The Town hall, constructed in 1731 has a very nice Renaissance portal with a wrought-iron gate. This remarkable wroughtiron work depicts two vases of flowers around which blooms a sumptuous vegetation of acanthus leaves.Volutes and plant forms which ornament the door jamb, as well as the Corinthian capitals in bas-relief manifest the worry to...more
Lauterbourg train station has connections in two directions: to Strasbourg, and across the border to Wörth in Palatinate.
A look at the timetable shows that connections to Strasbourg are once per hour or once in two hours but not at regular intervals. Also, the German and French trains don't connect. If you plan to continue south, check the timetable carefully.
SNCF regional trains in Alsace
Connections into Germany are better. Local trains run from Lauterbourg to Wörth every hour at minute .45 (June 2011; recheck after next timetable change) and reach Wörth after 16 minutes. In Wörth you connect to the regional train route between Karlsruhe and Landau/Neustadt-Weinstraße and the Karlsruhe city tram into the city and to Germersheim. The route is part of the KVV and VRN public transport networks, the respective tickets are valid. The state of Rheinland-Pfalz has recently modernized the fleet of local trains, so there is a modern diesel railcar commuting on this line.
KVV timetable information
Have a closer look at the station building. I don't know the year but I'd date it around 1900, maybe even a bit earlier. The rest of the station is a bit run down.
The station is on the edge of the town and walking into the centre takes roughly 20 minutes. Cross the country road and then follow Rue de la Gare into town.
Since we all love superlatives...
Lauterbourg is the easternmost settlement in mainland France. It is located in the ultimate corner of Alsace on the Rhine where the French-German border leaves the river and takes a westward turn.
Please note that I said mainland France. Of course Corsica is further east and several overseras territories are even much further east.