Visit Altkirch (Alsace, France)
Altkirch is south of Mulhouse in the Haut-Rhin department of the Alsace region.
The town is in an attractive location on a raised hill which is also the site of an earlier castle, destroyed in the 17th century. The remains of the castle were used as landfill before the church was constructed.
It is now the old town in Altkirch that holds the interest to visitors. Although the castle is no longer to be seen, there are still places of the old town where you can see parts of the defensive ramparts that once completely encircled Altkirch, or enter the town through the original gateway through the defences at 'La Vieille Porte'.
Your visit will focus around the Place de la Republique, where you can see some attractive renaissance period houses, and the substantial sculptured fountain called the 'fontaine de la Vierge'.
As you explore the surrounding streets note especially the house called 'a la pomme' which has a decorative medieval corner feature (on the Place des Trois Rois). There are also several decorative fountains and small churches to see as you stroll around the town.
Altkirch is also known for its rooftops, best admired from the road where it is at the top of Roggenberg Hill.
There is also a museum that tells the action packed story of the town and the history of the Sundgau region (Altkirch is the 'capital' of the Sundgau region, the name given to this part of Alsace between the Jura mountains and Switzerland). The museum is in an impressive renaissance period building next to the town hall.
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Address: Altkirch, Haut-Rhin, Alsace, 68130 || GPS: latitude 47.6239, longitude 7.24028
Map of Altkirch & places nearby
Highlights close by
Suggested tourist attractions to visit near Altkirch, France
- Hirtzbach - ville fleurie 4* (4km)
- Parc botanique de Mulhouse - remarkable garden (15km)
- Parc zoologique et botanique de Mulhouse - zoo or wildlife park (15km)
- Parc Alfred-Wallach - remarkable garden (15km)
- Mulhouse - town of art and history (16km)
- Sausheim - ville fleurie 4* (21km)
- Thann - recommended detour (23km)
- Roseraie du Chatelet - remarkable garden (25km)
- Masevaux - ville fleurie 4* (25km)
- Huningue - ville fleurie 4* (26km)
Market days in Altkirch: Regular market(s) are held in Altkirch each Thursday. (Markets are held in the morning unless stated.)
The French version of this page is at Altkirch (Francais)