Visit Turckheim (Alsace, France)
Turckheim is two kilometres west of Colmar at the base of the Vosges mountains, in the Haut-Rhin department of the Alsace region. With origins dating back to Roman times, Turckheim is another of the lovely towns on the Alsace wine route that is well worth a visit.
Stroll along the cobbled streets in Turckheim, lined with brightly coloured half-timber houses and en-route you can admire its three fortified gateways and remaining parts of its ramparts.
There are plenty of traditional Alsace style houses to admire, overflowing with flowers, and a few specific buildings of interest - mostly dating from the 17th century, these include the town hall, hospital and guard house.
The main square in Turckheim is also very attractive with its fortified gate, a lovely 16th century building which is home to the tourist office, and a selection of lovely half-timber houses. Likewise wander along the 'Grand Rue' for more attractive houses and lots of wine houses offering tastings (degustation).
Perhaps the most notable feature here is the fortifications and the three original gateways that surround the old town. While common in some parts of France they are very unusual in the Alsace region.
Among other interesting sights in Turckheim be sure to take a look at the richly decorated 'Ancienne Auberge a l'Aigle', which dates back to 1621, and the lovely tiled roof on Turkheim's church which gleams in the sunlight.
Turkheim also has a particularly impressive old peoples home which is housed in an 18th century 'ancienne propriété'.
While exploring the village centre you should also keep an eye out for storks. I spotted two nests, one on one of the fortified gateways and one on a tall building near the church.
During the summer months a 'traditional nightwatchmen' makes the rounds of Turckheim each evening, a popular event as he sings his way around the town, followed 'Pied Piper' style by visitors to the village!
Turckheim is on the Alsace Wine Route, a route that includes many picturesque and traditional Alsace towns and villages and is a popular way to explore th region.
It is also on the eastern border of the Natural Regional Parc of the Ballons des Vosges, an extensive natural area of rolling hills that is popular with hikers, cyclists and nature lovers.
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Address: Turckheim, Wintzenheim, Colmar, Haut-Rhin, Alsace, 68230 || GPS: latitude 48.0872, longitude 7.28111
Map of Turckheim & places nearby
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Suggested tourist attractions to visit near Turckheim, France
- Eguisheim - most beautiful village (5km)
- Colmar - secteur sauvegarde (5km)
- Parc du domaine de Schoppenwihr - remarkable garden (7km)
- Riquewihr - most beautiful village (9km)
- Hunawihr - most beautiful village (11km)
- Ribeauville - ville fleurie 4* (12km)
- Soultzmatt - ville fleurie 4* (14km)
- Bergheim - ville fleurie 4* (14km)
- Neuf-Brisach ville neuve (Vauban fortifications) - heritage site (20km)
- Parc du château de Kintzheim - remarkable garden (20km)
Market days in Turckheim: Regular market(s) are held in Turckheim each Friday. (Markets are held in the morning unless stated.)
The French version of this page is at Turckheim (Francais)