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Set in the rolling landscape and wheat fields of northern Alsace, Wissembourg is a very popular destination, especially with Germans who travel across the border to visit this beautifully maintained and restored medieval town. Wissembourg is in the Alsace region on the border between France and Germany and to the north of Strasbourg.

Wissembourg was the site of the first battle in the 1870 Franco-Prussian war - the French lost the battle and the Prussians were able to enter France.

Explore Wissembourg

Wissembourg is a beautiful little town and an excellent base if you are staying in the region with a great deal to enjoy during a visit.

At the heart of the town is a canal, beautifully kept with gardens along one edge. The Maison du Sel with its incredible sloping roof is on one edge of the canal and further along is the Quai Angselmann with some fabulous half timber buildings.

Quai Angelmann in Wissembourg

Another interesting sight in Wissembourg is the 13th century Church of Saint Peter and Saint Paul. One of the best examples of gothic churches in Alsace, the church has two towers, one of them a Roman style tower with a roof of attractive coloured tiles which gleam in the sunlight. You can see a fine wall painting of Saint Christopher, impressive stained glass windows, a famous Dubois organ and an attached cloister.

Head behind the Quai Angselmann to see the fabulously carved windows of the Westercamp museum in a wine growers house dating from 1599. The museum itself contains numerous items from the history of Wissembourg.

Strolling around Wissembourg you will see several other interesting houses and monuments such as the Stanislaus Palace, the Augustines Convent, the Grange aux Dimes (with 13th century origins), the Maison de Chevaliers and the ornate carvings of the Maison de l'Ami Fritz. The buildings mentioned are just a few of the most impressive examples: there are many other imposing and lovely houses in Wissembourg that you will discover as you explore.

Many of the beautiful half-timbered houses of Wissembourg date from the 15th and 16th centuries, but the same style was used right through to the 19th century so it is difficult to estimate the age of a house by looking at it. Those where the upper stories overhang the ground floor level tend to be older.

In the centre of Wissembourg you will also see the imposing red stone town hall which was built in the 1740s, the original having been burned down, and the Church of Saint-Jean with its 13th century roman style belltower also merits a visit.

Substantial parts of the original medieval town defensive walls can also be seen along with various of the towers that also formed part of these defences such as the 15th century Schartenturm and Hausgenossen towers.

Canal in centre of Wissembourg

Attractions nearby

Close to Wissembourg are the Romanesque church of Saint Ulrich in Altenstadt and the Romanesque porch of the chapel in Climbach.

Wissembourg is on the edges of the Natural Regional Park of the Northern Vosges, a listed world biosphere reserve. The town has also developed several marked walks and cycle routes in the region so you can make the most of a visit to the region. You can get good views acros the parc from the castle at Fleckenstein.

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

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Map of Wissembourg and places nearby

Visit near Wissembourg with France This Way reviews

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
Lembach

Lembach

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

Lembach guide
Hoffen

Hoffen

In the heart of the Outre-Foret region, Hoffen is a small village but with very lovely white half-timbered houses

Hoffen 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

Bitche guide
Neuwiller-les-Saverne

Neuwiller-les-Saverne

As well as the pretty half-timbered houses, the centre of Neuwiller-les-Saverne is dominated by two imposing churches

Neuwiller-les-Saverne guide

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Tourist classifications for Wissembourg

Wissembourg is classified as a recommended detour town (plus beau detour)

Address: Wissembourg, Alsace, 67160, France || GPS coordinates: latitude 49.038, longitude 7.9469

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Sightseeing & tourist attractions to visit nearby

  • Hunspach: most beautiful village (9 km)
  • Jardin de la ferme bleue: remarkable garden (27 km)
  • Drusenheim: ville fleurie 4* (31 km)
  • Bitche: recommended detour (38 km)
  • Jardin de l'Escalier: remarkable garden (38 km)
  • Bischheim: ville fleurie 4* (49 km)
  • Vosges-du-Nord: regional natural parc (50 km)
  • Jardin botanique du col de Saverne: remarkable garden (54 km)

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

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