Wissembourg Travel Guide

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Wissembourg Things to Do

  • Stroll through the old town

    Wissembourg is a tiny village of northern L'Alsace, in the department of Bas-Rhin (lower Rhine = Rhein). River Lauter (one of Rhine's west inflowing rivers) is traversing, which makes it even more picturesque for me - a kind of small Venice atmosphere (I like small creeks or streams anywhere).Wissembourg was most probably founded around 1180, when...

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  • S'Bruch

    The Quartier du Bruch, or S'Bruch, is an area of town featuring a very romantic canal. Stroll around, enjoy the scenery and architecture, and hug your partner. Unfortunately for me, my wife was thousands of miles away, so the area made me feel more lonely than romantic. Still, it is another pretty sight in a very attractive Alsatian town.

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  • Rampart Ramble

    An enjoyable activity is to walk around the town walls. Start your stroll near the fortifications, or "Grabenloch," then just keep wandering. The path intersects streets at times, but it's pretty easy to follow the walls around. The most enjoyable area to view is along the Lauter.

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  • L’Eglise Sts-Pierre-et-Paul

    Near the center of town is L’Eglise Sts-Pierre-et-Paul, or The Church of Saints Peter and Paul. While modest in size, the interior is truly magnificent. Unfortunately, it is very dark inside and flash photography is not allowed, so the photos I took might not do it justice.As with most churches in Europe, be aware this church is active with local...

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  • One of the Oldest Known Stained Glass...

    A tiny picture but of great significance in the world of art history: The little round stained glass piece with the face of Christ was created around 1060/65 and is one of the oldest known stained glass paintings. It was discovered in the abbey church.The original has been transferred to the Musée de l' oeuvre Notre-Dame in Strasbourg. A copy can...

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  • Eglise de Saint-Jean - Church of St John

    The Church of St John Baptist used to be the parish church of Weißenburg while the abbey church served for the monastery alone. In 1536 the reformation according to the Strasbourg reformater Martin Bucer was introduced. The church stayed protestant until 1684. Due to the laws of Louis XIV it then became a simultaneous church which was used both by...

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  • Abbey: the Romanesque Chapel

    The little chapel off the cloister is the oldest part of the abbey that still exists – it may well be the oldest building in the whole town. The architecture is early Romanesque. The chapel was consecrated in 1033 and dedicated to the apostles Peter and Paul, the patron saints of the abbey.Access is from the courtyard behind the abbey church next...

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  • Town Hall

    The baroque town hall was still decorated for the celebration of July 14, the national holiday and anniversary of the beginning of the French Revolution. The centre of the town administration is located in a prominent location in the townscape where the main streets, Rue Nationale and Rue de la République, meet. The crests in the gable have been...

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  • Most Romantic View of the River

    In Rue de l’Ordre Teutonique, I noticed the entrance to a small passage underneath a house, named Schlupfgasse, with a sign that announced a picturesque view of the river Lauter 20 m behind (photo 1). Curious me could not resist checking that out. This spot is well hidden, if you find it, walk in!!! You come along a narrow footpath between walls ...

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  • Maison du Sel - The Salt Storage

    The fanciest roof in town belongs to the former salt storage. The timberwork of the huge roof is crooked and twisted in an amazing way – best view is from Place du Saumon beyond the canal.

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  • Westercamp Museum

    The museum was closed (temporarily? for good? Dunno…) when I passed. I nevertheless recommend walking by, as the Westercamp is probably the prettiest half-timbered house in town. The woodwork of the façade is decorated with elaborate woodcarvings. Location. Rue du Musée in the north of the old town

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  • 18th Century Fortification

    In the late 17th century Louis XIV annexed the whole Alsace, which was confirmed in the peace treaty of Rijswijk in 1697. Weißenburg became Wissembourg, and it became a border town. In the 18th century its fortifications were enlarged and modernized. Parts of the baroque fortress with its high ramparts are still visible along the northern flank of...

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  • Ramparts Trail

    This self-guided tourist trail leads along the remains of both the medieval and the 18th century fortifications. It is well marked and the different attractions are all explained, detailed in French and a short summary in German and English. The whole walk takes about an hour. Maps (apologies for the lousy photo) that show the trail are put up in...

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  • Hausgenossenturm and River Lock

    The spot where the river Lauter enters the town on the western side and divides into two branches has been heavily fortified with a gate tower with the old German name of Hausgenossenturm. Next to it a river lock controls the amount of water that flows either into or around the town.

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  • s’Bruch – B itche: The Most Romantic...

    The Bruch, B itche in French (without the blank of course, VT won't let me type it without), is a medieval suburb that developed outside the town along the river Lauter. This is the cutest part of the town. If ever you see Wissembourg photos showing a canal and old houses and lots of flowers on tiny bridges, this is where they were taken. A...

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Wissembourg Restaurants

  • Flammküchele - delicious

    If you travel around anywhere in L'Alsace, it is a MUST (I mean a M U S T) to at least once eat the local speciality Flammkueche or Tarte Flambée, which is a very thin, very crispy bread, covered with bacon, onions and crème frâiche, then baked in an oven. It is served on a thin wooden tray, already cut into pieces and must be eaten with the hand...

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  • Classic Tartes Flambées

    I was fortunate enough to ask Ingrid where to eat in Wissembourg. She recommended this place. Good choice.This "Restaurant of Hope," right next to the St. Peter and Paul Church, most definitely has a reputation for very good food. When I visited on a Sunday afternoon, most of the surrounding restaurants were nearly empty, but this one was very...

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  • What a cake !

    I have never eat something so delicious like those cakes of Maison Rebert .It ' s worth make a stop in this town and after a lovely walk you can taste them ! I liked specially those "Choux a la Creme"...

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Wissembourg Transportation

  • Train from Germany

    Gare de Wissembourg (Wissembourg train station) receives local trains from Strassbourg, France and Neustadt an der Weinstrasse, Germany. The trains from Germany arrive and depart roughly every hour, while the trains to Strassbourg are more sporadic. If you are coming from Germany, be aware that all trains arriving in Wissembourg qualify as "local...

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  • Train Station – Connections from Germany

    Wissembourg is the border station between Germany and France. To the French side, a local train route connects it with Strasbourg. German trains arrive and depart here, too. They run along the Palatinate via Landau to Neustadt an der Weinstraße. The trains have immediate connections to Karlsruhe in Winden/Pfalz – don’t panic about the usual 2...

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Wissembourg Shopping

  • Fine Wine and Cheese

    Even though you can find good wine and cheese where I live, I discovered that there's a much larger selection of French fine wine and delicious cheese in Wissembourg. So we often combine a sight-seeing and shopping trip to Wissembourg. French wines (red, white and rosé from just about any region of France) as well as different sorts of French...

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  • Le Jardin de Stanislas

    Before you get to the nice little house, you have to pass through a wonderful garden, the "jardin de Stanislas".In the shop you find very exquisit antiques, tableware, little tidbits - and all decorated in a manner that will make you never want to leave this place again!

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Wissembourg Local Customs

  • Marché de Noël - Christmas Market

    The Christmas market of Wissembourg is open on the four Advent weekends, Sat and Sun 11:00-19:00. It is located next to the abbey church. The market is not big but worth a visit, especially for foodies.The merchants are mostly local producers offering their Alsatian specialities: sausages, ham, cheese, bread, biscuits, French nougat, jam and...

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  • Kougelhopf

    Most pâtisséries sell Kougelhopf, cakes from yeast dough baked in a round mould with a hole in the middle, a very typical shape. The Kougelhopf (in German: "Gugelhupf") is a traditional Alsatian cake with raisins and almonds. They have it in different sizes, I also saw (and bought and tried) a very small one-person variety, good if you just want to...

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  • Crèche vivante - Living Nativity

    On the second and third Advent Sunday the Living Nativity is set up in Place de la République. Donkey and sheep are real animals. The human roles are taken by children. The children who perform the living picture are scouts who raise money for their activities with this, so please leave them a little donation in the box.

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Wissembourg What to Pack

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    by Leipzig Written Jun 17, 2004

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    Miscellaneous: There is no special rainy season

    Avg. Temp. in Spring: max.: 10 – 19°C ( 50 - 66°F ); min: 1 - 8°C ( 34 - 47°F )
    Avg. Temp. in Summer: max.: 22 – 23°C ( 72 - 73°F ); min: 12 - 13°C ( 52 - 55°F )
    Avg. Temp. in Autumn: max.: 7 – 19°C ( 45 - 66°F); min: 2 - 10°C ( 36 – 50°F )
    Avg. Temp. in Winter: max.: 3 – 5°C ( 38 - 41°F); min: 0 - 1°C ( 32 - 34°F )

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Wissembourg Off The Beaten Path

  • Visit Chateau Fleckenstein

    Well, for me, this would be more of a thing-to-do-thing, but..... who am I to set the standards here :-)If you are in Wissembourg or close by, and if you like old fortresses, make sure, you go and visit Chateau Fleckenstein, which was one of the most important fortress among the many which are lined up on the east-west French-German border.The...

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  • Betschdorf - famous pottery village

    If you are visiting Wissembourg or somewhere in the northern L'Alsace, and if you are interested in pottery, make sure, you pass by in Betschdorf, a tiny village, 20 km southeast of Wissembourg. In Betschdorf, potters are manufacturing since 1717, and still do it in the traditional way. You can even visit their shops and watch their working on the...

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  • Weintor in Schweigen

    The southern end, or beginning, of the German Wine Road (one of the first "tourist routes") originally led through this monstrous gate. In the meantime a new road has been built around it and the gate passage has been closed to traffic, so visitors can walk around unharmed. This looks like a Nazi architecture and it is a Nazi architecture. The gate...

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Wissembourg Favorites

  • Flowers and houses

    If you go to Wissembourg it must be a sunny day ...so you can wander about all the beautiful , narrow streets I had my sunny day in Wissembourg and I enjoyed every minute of it ! I admired Salthouse , the Cathedral , lots of flowers at windows , half timbered houses ( my obsession :-)) , little canal and eat a tasty cake !

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  • History of Wissembourg

    The oldest part of Wissembourg, the "Faubourg de B!tche" or "S'Bruche" was founded around 800 A.D. around the Priory of St. Michel. In 1190 a church was built which became the parochial church of the Bruche quarter, St. Michael. In the 15th century a rampart was added to protect the steadily growing city of Wissembourg.The more recent history had...

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  • Helpful links

    Helpful links are hard to find - which is a shame, since Wissembourg really is a gem!If you know German or French, you might be a little luckier.... For anybody reading this and knowing about helpful links not mentioned here, please do contact me! Merci - Danke!www.alsace-passion.com (German and French)www.ot-wissembourg.fr (French...

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