Visit Bergheim (Alsace, France)
Bergheim has not had a peaceful past, and is said to have changed hands more often than anywhere else in Alsace, especially in the tubulent period between 900 and 1300.
It's not easy to get lost in Bergheim, because the whole small town is enclosed by the original fortified wall. Bergheim's remaining fortifications as well as a double defensive wall include a defensive gate and 9 towers.
The town is entered by the arched doorway in the 14th century 'High Tower'. The encircling fortifications date from the 14th century, and is possible to walk some way around these fortications, a good way to see both the layout of the village and have views across the surrounding countryside.
On entering Bergheim you will find a beautiful little town with a cobbled main street and brightly painted half-timber houses, indeed it was one of the most brightly painted towns of my visit to the Alsace region.
Start exploring at Place d'Arme, an attrative square lined with numerous pretty houses and the town hall - the church and the town hall are the main sights of historical interest in Bergheim. The streets off the square, especially the Grand Rue, also contain many interesting buildings, often in the typical Alsace 'painted and half-timbered' style.
The village is classified 4* Ville Fleurie...and has a linden tree said to date from the year 1300!
A calm and pretty village surrounded by vines, Bergheim is also set in one of the best wine growing regions of Alsace, often visited as part of a tour of the Alsace wine route.
We particularly recommend that you visit the Chateau de Haut Koenigsbourg, a dramatically situated castle just a few kilometres from Bergheim.
Photos of Bergheim
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Tourist classifications for Bergheim
Bergheim is classified as a village in bloom (ville fleurie) 4*
Address: Bergheim, Ribeauvillé, Haut-Rhin, Alsace, 68750 || GPS: latitude 48.2058, longitude 7.3625
Map of Bergheim & places nearby
Highlights close by
Suggested tourist attractions to visit near Bergheim, France
- Ribeauville - ville fleurie 4* (3km)
- Hunawihr - most beautiful village (5km)
- Parc du château de Kintzheim - remarkable garden (6km)
- Riquewihr - most beautiful village (7km)
- Cigoland - zoo or wildlife park (7km)
- Parc du domaine de Schoppenwihr - remarkable garden (7km)
- Colmar - secteur sauvegarde (14km)
- Marckolsheim - ville fleurie 4* (14km)
- Itterswiller - ville fleurie 4* (18km)
- Eguisheim - most beautiful village (19km)
The French version of this page is at Bergheim (Francais)