Visit Guebwiller (Alsace, France)
Guebwiller is in the Haut-Rhin department of the Alsace region, to the north-east of Mulhouse and south of Colmar. The town is on the lauch River, and at the base of the Vosges mountains and the Florival Valley, just 8 km from the 'Grand Ballon', the highest point in this mountain range.
Your visit will focus on the churches of Guebwiller, its most important monuments, while along the route you will see pleasant open squares, the small medieval centre, streets lined with houses covered with flowers (some medieval and some 19th century), the pretty half-timbered houses along the canal, and various small features such as fountains
Churches of Guebwiller
Start your visit in the square outside the romanesque and gothic style Church of Saint-Leger, the most important of the three churches in Guebwiller. Dating from the 12th century. the main facade has large square towers either side and a decorative carved entrance with three arcades, while towards the rear of the church a third tower can be seen, this one octagonal.
Another notable church is the gothic style 14th century Dominican church and cloisters (now a musical centre) - note the small decorative belltower to the side of the church, then enter to admire the simple cloisters, and the lovely frescoes on the walls of the church.
The third church in Guebwiller is the extraordinary-looking 18th century Church of Notre-Dame, the largest neo-classical church in the Alsace which from the outside looks more like a civic building than a church. The facade features multiple columns and statues, typical of neo-classical buildings.
Other attractions in Guebwiller
Apart from the churches, another monument of interest is the 16th century town hall, with a decorative round 'balcony' to the front and a statue of the Virgin on the corner.
The Theodore Deck Museum (previously called the Museum Florival) is in a grand house on the place Jeanne d'Arc in Guebwiller and looks at the history of the town and especially the ceramics of Theodore Deck, an important 19th centre ceramicist born here. Even if you have never heard of Theodore Deck a visit to the museum is highly recommended if you are interested in ceramics.
Guebwiller has been awarded the 4* 'town in bloom' award (the highest rating awarded). ask for a copy of the 'circuit vert' from the tourist office for a walk through the parks and gardens of the town.
The area around Guebwiller
Guebwiller is part of the Alsace Wine Route, the popular route that follows through many of the most picturesque wine villages and vineyards of the region and a recommended way to explore.
Photos of Guebwiller
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Tourist classifications for Guebwiller
Guebwiller has received the following tourist classifications: listed town of Art and History ; village in bloom (ville fleurie) 4*
Address: Guebwiller, Haut-Rhin, Alsace, 68500 || GPS: latitude 47.9083, longitude 7.21083
Map of Guebwiller & places nearby
Highlights close by
Suggested tourist attractions to visit near Guebwiller, France
- Parc de la Marseillaise - remarkable garden
- Soultzmatt - ville fleurie 4* (6km)
- Thann - recommended detour (14km)
- Parc de Wesserling - remarkable garden (16km)
- Eguisheim - most beautiful village (16km)
- Sausheim - ville fleurie 4* (18km)
- Mulhouse - town of art and history (20km)
- Hohneck - site of natural beauty (20km)
- Jardin d'altitude du Haut-Chitelet - remarkable garden (22km)
- Parc zoologique et botanique de Mulhouse - zoo or wildlife park (22km)
Market days in Guebwiller: Regular market(s) are held in Guebwiller each Tuesday & Friday. (Markets are held in the morning unless stated.)
The French version of this page is at Guebwiller (Francais)