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Hoffen travel guide

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Visit Hoffen (Grand-Est, France)

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Hoffen is quite a small village south of Wissembourg in the Bas-Rhin department of the Alsace region, and just inside the Natural Regional Park of North Vosges.

Exploring Hoffen

France This Way comment: a visit to Hoffen won't take you very long, with most of the houses of interest along one main street and around the square at the top of the street, and there are limited commerces in the village, but we do recommend you visit: it is a very lovely street!

The focus of your visit to Hoffen is the main street through the village centre, called the Rue du Tilleul and lined by beautiful white half-timbered houses, criss-crossed with black beams and all with lovely wooden shutters.

Traditional houses in Hoffen, Alsace

The mairie at 25, rue du Tilleul is among the picturesque houses in the village, and dates from the middle of the 19th century. There are also several flour mills in Hoffen, of which one is still operating, and a church behind the mairie.

At the top of the village there is a lime tree and a well making this a picture-postcard spot, and a popular meeting spot in Hoffen for the locals.

You can also see the Church of Saint-Joseph in Hoffen, forming a contrast to the medieval houses because it is built in red stone. The church has statues inset in the facade and a relief carving above the doorway.

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Outre-Foret

Hoffen and the surrounding region in northern Alsace falls ithin the natural region referred to as the 'Outre-Foret' - a land of gently rolling hills to the north of the Haguenau forest and east of the Vosges, with the German frontier and the Rhine to the north and east.

The Outre-Foret stands outside many of the important tourist routes in the region which has allowed it to maintain its unspoiled character and traditions, especially pottery production - the traditions are celebrated at a small museum in the village of Kutzenhausen (seven kilometres east of Hoffen).

Note: historically Hoffen and neighbouring villages Hermerswiller and Leiterswiller were considered separate but they merged under the name Hoffen in 1975.

Typical half-timbered houses in Hoffen

Attractions nearby

Hoffen is also close to the village of Hunspach which is classified among the 'most beautiful villages of France' - indeed, Hoffen is very much like a smaller version of its neighbour.

You can find more travel ideas in the Bas-Rhin guide and the Alsace guide.

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Map of Hoffen and places nearby

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Hunspach

Hunspach

The flowers, gardens and beautifully maintained old houses, all painted white, ensure that Hunspach is a highlight for visitors to Alsace

Hunspach guide
Wissembourg

Wissembourg

Close to the French border with Germany, Wissembourg has many sights of interest and is also well placed to explore this area

Wissembourg guide
Lembach

Lembach

The small town of Lembach is within the heart of the wooded valleys of the Vosges Regional Natural Park

Lembach guide
Haguenau

Haguenau

Haguenau is a town with several interesting monuments, churches and museums to visit

Haguenau guide
Chateau de Fleckenstein

Chateau de Fleckenstein

The Chateau de Fleckenstein is one of the most imposing ruined castles along the Route des Chateaux in Alsace

Chateau de Fleckenstein guide
Bitche

Bitche

The citadel in Bitche is very interesting, with videos explaining the history and sieges of the town

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... or see ALL recommended places to visit in Bas-Rhin

Address: Hoffen, Soultz-sous-Forêts, Wissembourg, Alsace, 67250, France || GPS coordinates: latitude 48.930556, longitude 7.942778

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Sightseeing & tourist attractions to visit nearby

  • Hunspach: most beautiful village (3 km)
  • Wissembourg: recommended detour (12 km)
  • Drusenheim: ville fleurie 4* (19 km)
  • Jardin de la ferme bleue: remarkable garden (21 km)
  • Jardin de l'Escalier: remarkable garden (28 km)
  • Bischheim: ville fleurie 4* (38 km)
  • Bitche: recommended detour (40 km)
  • Strasbourg: town of art and history (41 km)
  • Strasbourg Grand Ile: heritage site (41 km)
  • Jardin botanique de l'université de Strasbourg: remarkable garden (41 km)
  • Vosges-du-Nord: regional natural parc (47 km)
  • Jardin botanique du col de Saverne: remarkable garden (47 km)

The French version of this page is at Hoffen (Francais)

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