Visit Wissembourg, "Porte de France", and its heritage that bears witness to a history marked by its location between France and Germany.
It should be pointed out that the first poems in the German language were written in Wissembourg by the monk Otfried in A.D. 800.
Also, the first battle of the War of 1870 took place in Wissembourg, with the victory over the troops of Napoleon III which enabled Germany to strengthen its fledgling unification.
Wissembourg was the residence of Stanislas, king of Poland, in the palace that bears his name today. His daughter Marie Leszczyńska married Louis XV, gave him 10 children, and three of his grandchildren, namely Louis XVI and Louis XVIII, ascended the throne of France.
These three examples show a rich past which is reflected in the heritage of the city.
Its most remarkable landmark is the abbey built in A.D. 660. Its size makes it the second religious building in Alsace, the Cathedral of Strasbourg being the first. In addition to the remarkable architecture and the stained-glass windows, restored in 2019, the Abbey has several XIV century frescos, among them one which represents an imposing St Christophe. The Dubois organ, recently restored in its configuration of the eighteenth century, is the highlight of the concerts given in the Abbey.
There are many other treasures in Wissembourg.
For instance, one can admire The Salt House with its typical roof, the so-called "Protestant" church, the Tithe Barn, the Town Hall and the Republic Square with its French-style houses. Fortifications and ramparts surround the city, through which flows the river Lauter.
The half-timbered houses and narrow streets with evocative names, such as Rue du Sel (Salt Stret), Rue des Cordonniers (Shoemakers Street), Rue Traversière ... recall this ancient past.
During our guided tours or on our tourist train, you will enjoy the city. The discovery of this rich heritage, located in green flowery parks and places most of the year, vineyards and forests, lowlands and hills, will offer you an authentically sweet and quiet Alsatian atmosphere.