This beautiful little square was a favorite of mine!
Surrounding the square were beautiful fachwerk building's painted quite brightly. They have changed names since the olden days, when the Sun Inn (Auberge du Soleil) was once the meeting place of the local musicians and the Sheep Inn (Auberge du Mouton), an old post house.
Also in the square is a Fountain that dates to 1862. I always have a close look at the old Fountains as they often have quite unusual sculptures for the water to emerge. This one had a head and a pair of Fish. The Fountain was used as the town gauge, no longer though!
As I walked around Ribeauville, I found many water wells situated around the town.
When my water bottle is empty, I fill from these. There is nothing wrong with the water, and it's like refrigerated water.
1 -The Fontaine du Cerf, is located at 81 High street.
2 - Fountain at Place de la Sinn
3 -The Fountain infront of the Hotel De'Ville.
4 - Republic Square Fountain
Place de la Republique marks the edge of the historic old town. Here, there is a narrow canal running along the old street, and a good view of the Saint Ulrich Castle ruins on the hill.
A Fountain here dates back to 1576.
THIS IS A MUST DO!
The town of Ribeauville is full of historic buildings, most painted in bright colours and in different designs, that I feel walking is the way to go.
There were so many shop windows to gaze into, of course, Ladies, you do need to enter some!
Don't forget to look up either. I loved the quaint signs than hung above my head as I walked the cobblestoned streets. Then I found shops beautifully decorated at street level and above, they were gorgeous!
Now, you don't have to worry about being run over by cars, as quite a bit is pedestrian zone, and even if you walk where cars are, they are going slow because of the narrow road, just watch for them though!
Now, for those with mobility problems or just can't be bothered walking, then the way to go is on the "Petit train Old town and Vineyards” tour, which lasts about 50mins.
Departures are at the town entrance every hour, and the town hall, every half hour.
Runs..... between 10am to 6pm (except 1pm).
Adults: 6,50 Euros
Children from 6 to 14 years old: 4,50 Euros
Adult groups: 5,50 Euros (minimum of 15 people, one free ticket per 20 paying people)
School groups: 3,50 Euros (up to 15 years old)
Guided tour with individual headsets and translated in 8 languages.
The little train runs every day from May 1 to end September.
In April and October, open on holidays, during the school holidays and weekends upon reservation.
Evening rides in July and August at 8:45pm, leaving from the Pierre de Coubertin Campsite and 9pm in front of the town hall.
The Hotel De'Ville is the Town-Hall. Built in 1773, inside is a collection of gold plates and silver goblets from the 15th to the 17th centuries, donated to the Town by the Lords of Ribeaupierre.
It can be visited with A FREE TOUR every day except on Mondays and Saturdays from May to October.
The Catholic church, Saint-Gregoire, was the former burial place of the Lords of Ribeauville.
This is also a Gothic church, rather plain, but has a high Bell Tower built in 1260, a choir from 1282 and nave and aisles of the 14th century.
A classified monument, it is a walk from the old town to visit.
Another heritage listed building! Nicely painted, this building has a masonry ground floor and upstairs is timber, what is known as corbelling [timber sticking out of the walls]. The building dates to the 15th century for sure, although it is not know if it was always used as a Inn. From 1729 to 1789 it was a meeting place of Fiddlers. It has been determined by the styles of additions and use of wood, parts are from the 18th & 19th centuries. You won't miss, it just look for the "Three Kings" sign hanging outside the building.
The small Sainte Catherine is a Church you can easily walk past.
It's no longer used as a Church, instead, it's on the French heritage list.
It has a very plain neo-Gothic exterior, complete with Gothic tracery windows. The inside was used as a burial vault by the Ribeaupierre dynasty, their coat of arms is above the Gothic style arch over the choir gallery. In 1342, it was the Hospital Chapel, then in 1362, it was dedicated to St Catherine. In 1812, the chapel was purchased by the city and transformed into the wheat hall. Since then there have been additions and it has been put to many uses.
The Butchers’ Tower (Tour des Bouchers) was named after the Abattoir and the Butchers’ stalls which used to be located beside it. The bottom part of the tower was built in 1290, but was raised 29 metres in 1536.. The Tower separates the Upper Town (Ville Haute) from the Middle Town (Ville Moyenne), it also is the Town clock and is the Town Emblem.
Why are you in Ribeauville? Probably to taste a few Alsatian wines. If you look past the houses in this photo, you will see vineyards stretching as far as the eye can see. You are in wine country
You can start in Ribeauville and follow the well-marked wine route. It is also a scenic "green" route in the Michelin maps. Generally follow the D-1, D-1b, D-35 and D-235 north through picturesque village after picturesque village, tasting as you go . . . or just enjoying the magnificent scenery.
Plan to stop often to take photos, and visit my other VT Travel Pages on wine villages in Barr, Selestat, Saverne, Obernai and Gertwiller. You are also in Spice Bread country (gingerbread) and can visit the historic city of Colmar.
Barr on the Wine Route by Beausoleil
Selestat on the Wine Route by Beausoleil
Saverne with a canal by Beausoleil
Obernai by Beausoleil
Gertwiller and Spice Bread
This timbered building dates back to 1522 and owes its surprising name for the Middle European location to the elephant pictured on its façade.
To its right side lies the former Corn Exchange that was first mentioned in 1431. It housed the seigniorial grain dues, hoisted using a pulley at the top of the pinion. A grain market was held regularly at this house. The facade has retained its two porches with Gothic trident shaped arches, one of which is still open and houses the entrance to the stables of the old inn "Zum Elephant". A fountain on the front side of the building bears the date 1559.
This beautiful little square is lined with fine houses such as the Sun Inn (Auberge du Soleil) which was once the meeting place of the local musicians and the Sheep Inn (Auberge du Mouton), an old post house.
In the middle of the square stands the fountain built by native André Friedrich in 1862 and which personifies the town of Ribeauvillé, its agriculture and its industry. In the past, the fountain was used as the town gauge (zinnen in Alsatian dialect) hence the name of the square (Sinn).
This remarkable red-painted half-timbered house is now home to a butchery. It features some interesting timber shapes: curule chairs and “gugloch” (small side windows where people inside can see without being seen from the outside).
The Boucherie Charcuterie H. Siedel serves local Alsatian food at its best. Somehow the French "Boucherie Charcuterie" sounds much more inviting to look for delicacies like Foie Gras than the English 'butcher' (who supposedly has black pudding on offer :D). This little gem of a local merchant sells more than just meat - buy cheese as well!!
The Butchers’ Tower separates the Upper Town (Ville Haute) from the Middle Town (Ville Moyenne). It is named after the abattoir and the butchers’ stalls which used to be located just beside it. The lowest part of the tower was built in 1290 and in 1536 it was decided to raise it to 29 metres. Often threatened with destruction, it has become the emblem of the little town.
Built in 1773 in the classical style, the facade is surmounted by a pediment. Windows and door include tracery of carved sandstone, the balcony of the first floor has a wrought iron railing Louis XVI style. Several artworks are preserved inside (old furniture from the castle Ribeaupierre, paintings, dyed fabrics). The Council Chamber is upholstered in Adrianople red finish which made the fame of the former factory Steiner in the 19th century. The Treasury contains an outstanding collection of gold plates and silver goblets from the 15th to the 17th centuries donated to the Town by the Lords of Ribeaupierre.