Mittelbergheim travel guide

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Mittelbergheim lies about 30km SW of Strasbourg in the Bas-Rhin department of Alsace and only a short way south of Barr. It is officially classified as one of the 'most beautiful villages of France'.

Sitting on a limestone hill surrounded by vineyards, Mittelbergheim has been a wine-growers village since the 17th century. It is an unusual village in Alsace in that the buildings have not been painted - they have been left their natural pinkish-grey colour.

Things to see in Mittelbergheim

You will notice the connection with wine as you explore the village - it seems that about every fourth house is a wine house offering wine-tasting (degustation).

Attractive half-timbered building in Mittelbergheim

Continuing the connection with wine there are also eight wooden wine presses still in existence in Mittelbergheim. Among them, you can see one in the Cour Dimière that dates from 1739 and another in the Rue de la Montagne dating from the 17th century.*

* The best known vineyard here is called Zotzenberg and produces a Grand Cru wine.

As a distraction from wine tasting be sure to visit the two churches in Mittelbergheim. The church built in red sandstone is the catholic church and dates from the end of the 19th century, while the white church is the protestant church and dates from the 13th century (with significant modifications in the 17th century).

Given that several centuries passed between their dates of construction it is the similarities that will strike you most, both being dominated by tall thin square towers with tall thin spires on top.


Other little interesting features include an ancient oil mill on the Rue Principale (the grindstones were originally turned by a wooden mechanism that was in turn powered by a horse) and an ancient well on the rue Principale.

Most of the village centre in Mittelbergheim is a result of a substantial reconstruction of many of the houses that took place in the 16th century, typically in the renaissance style. As you explore the streets and alleys of the village keep an eye on the wrought iron shop signs which are also very decorative.

Old houses and church in Mittelbergheim

Around Mittelbergheim

A little way out of Mittelbergheim you can see an attractive ancient fountain - the fontaine de la Sinn.

There are several marked footpaths around Mittelbergheim that will lead you through the vineyards, or perhaps to the castle at Andlau or up Mont-Sainte-Odile next to the village.

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

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Chateau d'Andlau

Chateau d'Andlau

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Chateau d'Andlau guide


After exploring Epfig village be sure to visit the 11th century chapel to see the frescoes and the vaulted ceiling

Epfig guide


Mont-Saint-Odile is a very popular pilgrimage destination, and has been since the mircles of Odile in the 7th century

Mont-Sainte-Odile guide


Obernai is perhaps the town in Alsace that has best preserved its original 15th century aspect

Obernai guide


The remarkable baroque style Abbey Church of Ebersmunster is the principal place of interest in this village

Ebersmunster guide

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Tourist classifications for Mittelbergheim

Mittelbergheim is classified as a one of the most beautiful village in France (plus beau villages)

Address: Mittelbergheim, Barr, Sélestat-Erstein, Alsace, 67140, France || GPS coordinates: latitude 48.396666, longitude 7.4425

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Sightseeing & tourist attractions to visit nearby

  • Itterswiller: ville fleurie 4* (4 km)
  • Domaine du Windeck: remarkable garden (7 km)
  • Obernai: recommended detour (8 km)
  • Champ du Feu: site of natural beauty (13 km)
  • Cigoland: zoo or wildlife park (16 km)
  • Parc du château de Kintzheim: remarkable garden (16 km)
  • Diebolsheim: ville fleurie 4* (20 km)
  • Jardin du chateau de Kolbsheim: remarkable garden (21 km)
  • Bergheim: ville fleurie 4* (22 km)
  • Le jardin de Marguerite: remarkable garden (23 km)
  • Ribeauville: ville fleurie 4* (24 km)
  • Hunawihr: most beautiful village (26 km)

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