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  • The Gauls called the Vosges the "mountain of wild bulls". Still today the Northern Vosges Nature Reserve, which lies within the triangle formed between Wissembourg-Saverne-Volmunster, is teeming with a variety of wildlife (including stags, ..

  • 2 Church of St Peter and St Paul Interesting

    Religious buildings

    Avenue de la Sous-Préfecture

    This 13C Gothic church, made of sandstone, was originally a 7C Benedictine monastery. A square bell-tower, a vestige of the earlier Romanesque church adjoins the right side of the building. The heads were removed from its statues and its paintings de..

  • 3 Town Hall

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Place de la République

    Built of pink sandstone from 1741 to 1752, with a pediment, small tower and clock, to plans by Massol, it replaced the old Rathaus which burned down in a fire on 25 January 1677. It offers a pleasant view of the flower beds in the foreground with the..

  • 4 Salt House

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Avenue de la Sous-Préfecture

    It can be recognised by its roof, divided into canopies over dormer windows opening onto balconies. It was initially a hospital (1448) and later a salt warehouse and abattoir.

  • 5 À l'Ancienne Couronne

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Quai Anselmann

    This old patrician house (1491) was used as an inn until 1603 and then belonged to the Bartholdis until the late 18C. It has barely changed since that time.

  • 6 Vogelsberger House

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    quai Anselman

    With its richly decorated Renaissance doorway and painted coat-of-arms, this house, dating from 1540, is one of the most attractive houses in Wissembourg.

  • 7 Church of St John

    Religious buildings

    Rue du Presbytère

    This restored Protestant church dates back to the 15C, except for the 13C Romanesque bell-tower. The courtyard on the left of the church contains ancient tombstones made of red Vosges sandstone.

  • 8 Bruch District

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    fg de Bitche

    Note the patrician residence dating from the 16 and 17C. A house in this district (the one with a slanting cut-off corner, decked with a loggia and oriel window (1550)) was used as the decor for the film L'Ami Fritz in 1933.

  • 9 County administrative offices

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Avenue de la Sous-Préfecture

    This elegant house dating from the end of the Age of Enlightenment used to be the residence of the Dean of the Collegiate Church.

  • 10 Tithe Barn

    Religious buildings

    Rue Stanislas

    The old abbey tithe barn is next to the house of the Teutonic knights dating from 1606. The Teutonic order, founded in the 12C in the Holy Land, disappeared in the Revolution.

  • 11 Old hospital

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    r. Stanislas

    The residence, from 1719 to 1725, of King Stanislas Lesczynski whose daughter Maria married Louis XV in 1725. Beyond the hospital is the district called the Schlupf, Wissembourg's Little Venice.

  • 12 Holzapfel

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Rue Nationale

    This attractive Gothic house with small corner towers was a post house from 1793 to 1854; Napoleon is supposed to have stopped there in 1806.

  • 13 Ramparts of Wissembourg

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    prom. des Remparts

    A walk along the mound of the old ramparts, planted with elms and ash, reveals the shiny rooftops of the old quarter, the majestic towers of the Church of St Peter and St Paul and, in the distance, the rolling Vosges mountains. One wall runs alongsid..

  • 14 Westercamp Museum

    Museums and art

    3 rue du Musée

    In a 16C house, the museum has collections of old furniture (superb cupboards), peasant costumes and souvenirs from the 1870 battlefield. The museum also has a replica of the abbey church crown hanging light destroyed in the Revolution. The 11C origi..

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