Guebwiller and surroudings

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Bergholtz zell
Bergholtz zell

Bergholtz zell

Bergholtz-Zell is located in the heart of the tourist itinerary on the wine route in Alsace, 5km from Guebwiller and Soultzmatt. This village was founded around the year 700 by a small community of monks governed by Saint Pirmin, founder of the famous Murbach Abbey. The Bergholtz-Zell commune is particularly well-known for its Oelberg Calvary, five oratories and chapels tracing the passion of Christ. A reproduction in polychrome wood of the last supper by Léonard de Vinci is also on display here.
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Guebwiller Guebwiller
Guebwiller

Guebwiller

The town of Guebwiller is located on the Alsace wine route at an altitude of 300 meters, at the foot of the Grand Ballon formerly called "Ballon de Guebwiller", the highest peak in the Vosges mountains (1424m).
Labeled "Country of Art and History" and classified as a Tourist Municipality, the city of Guebwiller (Gawiller in Alsatian) is animated by a dynamic of promotion of architecture and heritage.
This former capital of the possessions of Murbach Abbey was established in the heart of the Florival Valley (from Latin Florigeravallis: literally valley of flowers). Nicknamed "the city with three churches", Guebwiller is home to monuments displaying a variety of architectural styles: the Romanesque church of Saint Léger, the former Convent of the Dominicans (Gothic, currently a cultural meeting center). Among the personalities who have marked the history of the city, Theodore Deck, master of ceramic art in the 19th century, gave his name to the art and local history museum: The Theodore Deck and Museum.
Dominated by a remarkable terraced vineyard, Guebwiller is the only town in Alsace to produce 4 Alsace Grand Cru AOCs: Grand Cru Kessler, Grand Cru Kitterlé, Grand Cru Saering, Grand Cru and Spiegel.
The town of Guebwiller is ideally located near Colmar (28km) and Mulhouse (22km) and the European capital Strasbourg (100km) as well as in the Rhine cross-border area close to Basel in Switzerland (54km) and Freiburg in Germany (77 km). The ideal location to enjoy the advantages of Alsace, whether in summer or at the end of the year for the Christmas markets.
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Hartmannswiller
Hartmannswiller

Hartmannswiller

Here on the Alsatian wine route, between fertile hills and the majestic silhouette of the Vieil Armand, you can explore the small village of Hartmannswiller. Although damaged during the Great War due to its proximity to the Hartmannswillerkopf battlefield, this town still boasts a significant heritage with its fortified cemetery. An impressive defence construction, this is the only Alsatian example of this type of architecture along with that of Hunawihr.
Along the edge of the wall, in its grassy setting, you can see the Château de Hartmannswiller. Close to the cemetery, it was doubtless the seat of the family that gave the area its name: the "Hartmanswilrs".
In its narrow streets with their numerous rural crosses and fountains, many old houses are worth a visit. The village, 90% destroyed during the First World War, still houses small remarkable dwellings with lintel doors dating from the XVIth and XVIIth centuries. These houses, like the XVth century church, bestow an authentic charm on the old part of the village.
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Issenheim
Issenheim

Issenheim

The village of Issenheim is located at the foothills of the Vosges mountains at only 2km from the vineyard and the wine route of Alsace. Its topography is particularly adapted to recreational sports for a gentle stopover on the plain, close to the many enjoyable visits in the area surrounding Guebwiller, Soultz and the Pays du Florival.
Issenheim is in particular known for the Antonine convent that is used to house the famous Issenheim altarpiece, painted by Matthias Grünewald. The international reputation of this masterpiece currently makes it the centrepiece of the Unterlinden Museum at Colmar. Visitors in quest of spirituality can visit the convent of the Sœurs de la Divine Providence.
Further evidence of the vitality of this little town is the Gast spinning mill, a mainstay of the industrial heritage of Valley de la Lauch.
Last but not least, visitors who enter through the doors of the Eglise St. André will be rewarded by the sight of the splendid Callinet organ from the XIXth century.
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Jungholtz
Jungholtz

Jungholtz

Only two kilometres from Soultz and six kilometres from Guebwiller (6km), Jungholtz is nestled in a peaceful haven of greenery. The village offers numerous recreational and relaxing activities as it houses in particular a luxurious 1000 m2 hotel and spa.

The proximity of departure points for hikers and MTB circuits make it an ideal vacation spot for sports enthusiasts of all levels. Rides on horseback or horse-drawn carriage as well as the visit to the stork park will keep children of all ages entertained. The touristic itinerary of the Route des Crêtes (Cliff road), accessible via the Col Amic (only in summer), guides you on a discovery of the Grand Ballon and the Vosges mountains.

The Thierenbach Basicila, an important pilgrimage dedicated to the Virgin Mary, is a major spiritual venue: each year, this venue attracts 150 000 visitors. Its collection, unique in Europe with more than a thousand votive offerings that carpet the walls in the form of painted tablets, wooden or marble plaques and other objects, are an arresting witness to the different eras and lifestyles of our ancestors.
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Lautenbach
Lautenbach

Lautenbach

Lautenbach and its hamlet Schweighouse make up a mid-mountain village located in the Haut-Florival, close to the town of Guebwiller (6km) and the Alsatian wine route. The St Michel collegiate also places it on the Roman route. The Route des Crêtes (Cliff Road), very close, beckons to you to explore the Markstein summits in both winter and summer (15km, alt. 1240 m) and the Grand Ballon (30km, alt. 1,424 m). Nearby, take advantage of the numerous specialities of the inns nestled in the heart of the mountain and leave with delicious farm products (cold cuts, cured sausage, cheese, dairy products, syrups, liqueurs, honey and much more).
Lautenbach is renowned in particular for the autobiographical novel of the journalist Jean Egen (Le Canard Enchaîné, Le Monde) titled "Les tilleuls de Lautenbach". This local boy describes his village with enthusiasm as a prodigious creation.
Lautenbach is an important stop during your stay in the Florival in your search for local products and an authentic heritage.
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Lautenbach zell
Lautenbach zell

Lautenbach zell

Lautenbach Zell and its hamlet, Sengern, form a mid-mountain village enfolded in the Valley du Florival, at the foot of the Grand Ballon, the highest summit of the Vosges mountains (alt. 1,424 m). Located in the National Regional Park of the Ballons des Vosges and close to the ‘Route des Crêtes’ (Cliff Road), Lautenbach Zell is the ideal departure point for taking advantage of mountain sports and recreational activities. A visit to the Vivarium du Moulin is an exploration of the diversity of living systems with the presence of some 60 live specimens: insects, spiders, centipedes and others have taken over this former windmill, which is moreover the only windmill in the Lauch whose wheel still turns.
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Linthal

Linthal

Linthal, whose name means "valley of the linden", is a mountain village located close the Markstein ski resort (13km, alt. 1240 m) and the Grand Ballon (25km, alt. 1424 m), the highest summit in the Vosges mountains. Both summer and winter, the exceptional location of this village dominating the Vallée du Florival makes it an ideal vacation stop close to nature and to explore the Route des Crêtes (Cliff Road) and taste the traditional 'marcaire' farm meal at an inn-farm. Legend has it that Jacob Steiner, from the Linthal commune, invented the inn-farm concept following the French revolution. His cheese-making technique was ahead of its time and produced an excellent 'gruyère' and the straw barn was also used as a dance hall. Located at 7 km from Guebwiller, Linthal has everything for all tastes, half-way between the plain and the highest summits, the discovery of an authentic rural setting and a vast heritage.
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Merxheim
Merxheim

Merxheim

Merxheim is located in the Alsatian plain close to the wine route and notably the towns of Guebwiller (6km) and Soultz (8km). The village is surrounded by major roads providing easy access to the main tourist sites such as Écomusée d’Alsace (Alsace Ecomuseum) (7km) and the town of Colmar for example (23km).
The village has a rich history that probably goes as far back as the Neolithic era as can be seen in the numerous archaeological discoveries of which a part is currently exhibited at the Musée Unterlinden at Colmar.
The bell-tower of the Eglise Saint-Pierre-et-Saint-Paul dating back to the XIIth century is partially built in undressed stone and marked by an angle quoin exhibiting typical features from the Roman style.
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Murbach
Murbach

Murbach

Nestled in the fold of a valley in the heart of the Florival, the village of Murbach is known for its Abbey, founded in 728 by Count Eberhardt, part of the family of Alsatian dukes. The Benedictine Abbey of Murbach obtained, over the centuries, numerous privileges that enabled him to expand in Alsace and beyond.
The Roman abbey, of which the apse and the transept remain, was built at the start of the XVIIIth c. Vestiges are still visible today giving an idea of how magnificent the entire construction must have been.
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