Sessenheim Travel Guide

  • Memorial dedicated to Johann Wolfgang Goethe
    Memorial dedicated to Johann Wolfgang...
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  • Rue Albert Fuchs No. 6 - Goethe Memorial
    Rue Albert Fuchs No. 6 - Goethe Memorial
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  • Goethe Memorial
    Goethe Memorial
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Sessenheim Things to Do

  • Lutheran church - the confessional

    It seems odd to have a confessional in a Lutheran church, buth this piece of furniture is older than the church itself and originates from the time, when the old church was the only church here and used by both congregations, Lutheran AND Catholic for their services. It is said that Friederike and Goethe where sitting together in this hidden place...

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  • Lutheran church - the interior

    The new church of 1911/12 is built asymmetrical with a gallery on the northern wall where people can sit as well. The paintings along the gallery are done by artists and students of professor Reinhardt from Munich.When entering the church the aisle leads to the choir with a beautifully stained window in its back wall. On the south wall are three...

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  • Mairie - Town hall

    The town hall actually is a combined town hall and school. It is situated on place de la Mairie beside the Catholic church. The school area stretches out on the back side. It was built in 1954. A large wall painting on the front side displays Sessenheim at the time when Goethe came to visit it in 1770 (as the artist imagines it). On the left you...

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  • Goethe barn

    This barn stands in the yard of the parish house (todays Lutheran parish. At the time when Goethe came to Sessenheim in 1770 it was the house of the family Brion, the minister of the church.It is said the Goethe helped in the house, as in October 1770 when he helped to store corn in the barn. Therefore the barn is called "Goethe barn". It can be...

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  • In the steps of Goethe and Friederike...

    You would like to explore Sessenheim "in the footsteps of Goethe and Friederike Brion"?The hiking association Club Vosgien has marked a route (see other picture). It is marked by a red circle and takes about 90 minutes for the 6 km. It starts at the town's centre (No. 1) with the Lutheran church, parish priest's house and the Goethe Memorial, then...

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  • Goethe-Museum in the restaurant "Au...

    The Gothe-Museum is a small private collection and part of the restaurant "Au Boeuf" giving you the once in a time chance of combining German and Alsatian culture with French cuisine.As other people collect stamps the family has started decades ago to collect bits and pieces with a connection to Goethe.The benches in the restaurant are originally...

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  • Tumulus or Friederikenruhe or...

    This tumulus consists of very old graves from prehistoric Celtic or Merovingian times. This place is mentioned by Goethe in his autobiography "Dichtung und Wahrheit" ("Poetry and Truth") as the goal of numerous walks together with his love Friederike Brion during his stays in Sessenheim in the years 1770/71.In 1880 the first arbour was erected in...

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  • Catholic church - side altar, chancel...

    Beside the main sanctuary with the main altar the two side altars, a bluish wooden chancel to the left and a large Holy Cross hanging on the right side wall are catching the eye of the visitor.

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  • Catholic church - the Holy Virgin

    Left and right of the entrance and below the gallery for the organ, two statues of the Holy Virgin and a stained glass window worshipping the immaculate conception are illuminated to focus the attention for prayers.

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  • Catholic church - stained glass windows...

    The glass windows shown here depict female saints and are located on the north-west wall of the church, starting from the choir in the following order#5: Sta. Teresia and Sta. Johanna d'Arc#6: Sta. Ricardis and Sta. Odilia#7: Sta. Monica and Sta. Maria Magdalena#8: Sta. Caecilia and Sta. Barbara

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  • Catholic church - stained glass windows...

    The glass windows shown here depict male saints and are located on the south-east wall of the church, starting from the choir in the following order#1: St. Arbogastus and St. Florentius#2: St. Aloisius and St. Joannes Bosco#3: St. Ludovicus and St. Leo IX.#4: St. Antonius and St. J.B.Vianney

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  • Catholic church - the organ

    The organ was installed by Martin and Joseph RINCKENBACH in 1912 the same year the church was built. Originally it had 14 registers. It is supposed that the 15th register was added in 1925 when the Rinckenbach brothers repaired the organ. In the years 1930-40s the organ builder's house ROETHINGER is mentioned to have looked after the organ,...

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  • Catholic church - the interior

    The church built in 1912 consists of a simple nave with a flat wooden ceiling.It has a splendid interior including a main altar and the two side altars, stained glass windows on both sides and in the choir, a large organ, a wooden chancel, a golden cross and statues of Maria Magdalena (almost all described separately).

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  • Goethe Memorial - Bust hall

    The front room of the Goethe Memorial building in Rue Albert Fuchs No. 6 is dedicated to Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (1749-1832). He was a student in Strasbourg from April 1770 to August 1771. During this time he visited many Alsatian towns together with his friend Friedrich Leopold Weyland and for the first time in August 1770 also Sessenheim where...

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  • Lutheran church - the organ

    In the original building a André SILBERMANN organ from 1719 was installed. After repairs and modifications by Georg HLADKY in 1793 and STIEHR in 1826 the organ was dismantled in 1909 (to give space for the enlargement of the church) and brought to Strasbourg where it was installed in the Palais des Rohan.In 1911 Eberhard Friedrich WALCKER installed...

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  • Catholic church

    Until 1912 the Lutheran and Catholic congregation used a common church building for their services. It was standing on the site of todays Lutheran church. But in 1912 two new church buildings where erected, a larger one for the Lutheran that replaced the old building.On the site beside the town hall a separate church for Catholic parish was...

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  • Rue Albert Fuchs No. 6 - Goethe Memorial

    The house No. 6 in Rue Albert Fuchs from 1820 was used by guardsmen during the time of Napoleon. It has a timber porch typical for the imperial time.In 1961 professor Albert Fuchs founded the Goethe Memorial to commemorate the connection of the young Goethe with Sessenheim, who fell in love with the pastor's daughter Friederike Brion in 1770/71 and...

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  • Gravestone of father Brion

    On the outside of the southern wall of the church building you can find the gravestone of Johann Jacob Brion aged 70, the minister of the church and father of Friederike Brion whom Goethe fell in love with.

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  • Rue Albert Fuchs No. 14

    The house with the No. 14 in Rue Albert Fuchs is a further timber frame.It was built in 1819 by people with the initials HR + ML as can be read nicely written on one of the corner timber posts (see pictures).

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  • Rue Albert Fuchs No. 16

    The house with the No. 16 in Rue Albert Fuchs is another timber frame.It was built in 1821 by Jacob Vix and Katharina Heintz as can be read nicely written on one of the corner timber posts (see pictures).

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  • Rue Albert Fuchs No. 5

    The house with the No. 5 in Rue Albert Fuchs is an old timber frame house.It was built in 1823 by Jacob Krautwasser and Carolina Hoen as can be read nicely written on one of the corner timber posts (see pictures).

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  • Rue de la Paix

    The Rue de la Paix is another street lined with old timber frame houses. It leads to the Catholic church whose spire nicely landmarks the road.Pictures of houses include No. 1, No. 5, No. 7, No. 13 and No. 14.

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  • Rue Albert Fuchs No. 4

    The house with the No. 4 in Rue Albert Fuchs is a timber frame house with infills plastered in a bright yellow colour. It stands right beside the Goethe memorial.It was built in 1765 by the family Binder Schoeplin as can be read nicely written on one of the corner timber posts (see pictures).

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  • Lutheran church - the sermon on the...

    The artist Claude Braun has done a set of eight paintings "The Path of Reconciliation" that are exhibited in eight different churches in the South Palatinate of Germany and the North Alsace of France.No. 7 is placed here in the Lutheran church in Sessenheim.The Path of ReconciliationNo. 1 in Bad Bergzabern "We are all children of God" (1 Moses...

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  • Lutheran church - stained glass windows

    On the south side of the nave three large windows with stained glass depict three stations of historical importance for the reformed Lutheran church: the Old Testament, the New Testament and the Reformation. On the window about the reformation Luther can be seen standing at the Diet of Worms in 1521 defending his writings. His assumed closing words...

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  • Lutheran church

    The Lutheran church was built in 1911/12 by the architect Jos. Müller. It is an extension of the old church building of which only the spire and choir (today the sacristy) remain.At the time when Goethe visited Sessenheim, it was the only church and used by both congregations, the Lutheran and Catholic who held services in the sanctuary. The...

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  • Rue Albert Fuchs

    Albert Fuchs was a professor at the university in Strasbourg and the founder of the Goethe memorial.In the Rue Albert Fuchs many timber frame houses are still standing (see the pictures).

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Sessenheim Transportation

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    Lauterbourg - Sessenheim - Strasbourg by train 3 more images

    by robertbaum Updated May 11, 2008

    Sessenheim is connected by train with Lauterbourg to the north and Strasbourg to the south and served by approximately one connection per hour during daytime in each direction. The train ride takes about 30 minutes to either Lauterbourg or Strasbourg.

    The train station of Sessenheim is dominated by a building that is no longer in use, or better said there is no tenant at the moment as the former waiting hall is closed and the former station's clerk had become redundant.

    You can buy tickets at a vending machine.

    Address:
    Rue de la Gare
    67770 Sessenheim

    From the station you can walk to the town centre in 5-10 minutes.

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