Wissembourg France is a beautiful little town in Alsace.
It's one of the must see sites in my first guide book on the northernmost part of Alsace and Strasbourg.
don't hear about it as much mainly because it's right on the northern
border, so it appears to be out of the way if you're planning to visit
the more talked about wine road villages in central Alsace.
On its own, it is just as charming as the more famous villages...
In fact, it has a lot of late medieval buildings (1500s-1600s)...more than some of those well known villages on the wine road!
Hopefully you'll find everything that you need to know about Wissembourg France...
But if you don't find what you're looking for...ask me a question about your Alsace vacation here!
Daytrips from Wissembourg France
Northern Alsace is a less touristy area even though it's only about
an hour and a half from the Colmar area (depending on exactly where you
Distances given are the approximate distances from the center of Wissembourg France.
Villages with a * have a train stop or train station.
Northern Alsace Wine Road*
5 miles/7 km
is a lesser known section of the Alsace Wine Road near Wissembourg.
You'll need a car to visit the four major villages of this section of
the wine road: Rott, Steinseltz, Reidseltz*, Oberhoffen and Cleebourg. If you're looking for "off the beaten path" Alsace, this is it...
Hunspach* and Seebach
(1) 7 miles/11 km (2) 6 miles/9 km
(1) and Seebach (2) are two very beautiful Alsatian villages known for
being very Alsatian. Seebach has a summer festival that recreates a
traditional Alsatian wedding. It attracts tens of thousands of people
every year. Both villages are very proud of their Alsatian heritage and
display it prominently.
The Maginot Line
(1) 7 miles/11 km (2) 9 miles/15 km
Schoenenbourg (1) and Four à Chaux (2) are two forts on the Maginot
Line in Alsace that are open to the public. There are a lot of bunkers
and other buildings that were a part of the Maginot Line on the northern
Alsace border as well...
11 miles/18 km
is an unusual castle built in the 12th century. It's so unusual mainly
because quite a lot of the castle was carved out of rock...including
staircases! It's very kid friendly with lots to see and do.
Betschdorf and Soufflenheim
(1) 14 miles/23 km (2) 19 miles/30 km
you're interested in seeing more of that adorable Alsatian pottery, you
need to make a trip to Betschdorf (1) and Soufflenheim (2). First off,
you can visit the artists themselves and possibly find something unique
and original. Not to mention that these villages have been producing
pottery since Roman times.
19 miles/31 km
was an important village in the high middle ages (1100s-1300s). The
Holy Roman Emperor at the time Frederick Barbarossa built city walls, a
castle and many other buildings. Like most of Alsace, many buildings
were destroyed by Louis XIV and the 30 Years War but like most of Alsace
there is still a lot to see.
Niederbronn les Bains*
20 miles/32 km
Niederbronn les Bains
as you might guess from the name is the source of a natural mineral
spring. People have been coming here since Roman times. If you've
never been to a French natural spring, here's your chance to relax a
little and experience something new and different...
Looking for Hotels in Wissembourg France?
Citotel Hotel d'Alsace
The Citotel d'Alsace is a nice little two star
hotel at a very reasonable price only 200 meters from the town train
station. Clean rooms, breakfast buffet at a reasonable price...nothing bad to say about it!
Hotel Moulin de la Walk
The Hotel Moulin de la Walk is a an old mill (moulin in French) near the
historic city center of Wissembourg, so you can easily take a leisurely
walk there. They have an excellent restaurant and charming individually
Hotel de la Couronne
The Hotel de la Couronne is a very small hotel or even a bed and
breakfast with only 10 rooms in an 18th century building in the historic
city center of Wissembourg. Each room is decorated in a style that
would suit an 18th century hotel. They have a very nice restaurant
serving Alsatian specialties.
The Hotel Weiss is a small family owned hotel just a few steps from the
center of Wissembourg. This hotel is also conveniently located near the
train station. Each room is individually decorated. Parking and