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Located on the Franco-German border, Wissembourg provides German tourists with a 'lite' version of France. The town is almost like just another wine town along the Southern German Wine Road ... almost.

The town dates back to the 7th century when it grew up alongside a Benedictine abbey. Walls were erected surrounding the town in the 13th century, the same timeframe from which the abbey church of St Pierre-et-Paul dates to. Only the cathedral of Strasburg is larger in size in Alsace than the old abbey church. The abbey was shut down with the French Revolution and the church became simply a parish church. Waters from the Lauter River are channeled into several canals which run through and around the old town adding to the charm of the many old timber-framed houses which date back as far as the 15th and 16th centuries.

Being on the border of Germany and France also means the town has seen its share of armies marching this way and that. There is a large memorial on the Geisberg just south of town that attests to more than one battle of Wissembourg.

  • Last visit to Wissembourg: Jun 2009
  • Intro Updated Sep 6, 2009
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  • Trekki's Profile Photo
    Aug 20, 2009 at 9:21 PM

    Oh, wasn't aware that you've been so close this early summer! Excellent historical notes! And a good place to stay you found!! Haha, yes, the good old distilleries :-))

  • cachaseiro's Profile Photo
    Aug 17, 2009 at 10:06 AM

    nice page mark. i used to work in that part of france myself many years ago.

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