"Medieval town of Turckheim." Turckheim by breughel

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"Veilleur de Nuit" and Santa Claus in Turckheim.

At only 6 km from west Colmar the medieval little town of Turckheim (3700 inhabitants) bordered by the river La Fecht is one of the most popular destinations of the Alsatian Wine Route.
We have been here twice and especially liked the area of the so typical Porte de France and the Corps de Garde.

Each night at 22.00 h, from 1/05 till 31/10, a "Veilleur de Nuit" the Night Watchman dressed as a few centuries ago and carrying a halberd and lamp walks through the streets warning the inhabitants to extinguish candles. In older times this was to avoid risks of fire; by now it's for the tourists.

I wondered from where came the name Turckheim?
No links with Turkey; the origin is that of Germanic tribes the Thuringes who invaded the Roman Empire and gave the name Thuringheim.

  • Last visit to Turckheim: Dec 2009
  • Intro Updated Dec 30, 2009
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  • balhannah's Profile Photo
    Oct 10, 2013 at 7:31 PM

    Thanks for sharing this pretty Alsace village! Of what I have seen in the Alsace region, most of the towns are lovely!

  • cachaseiro's Profile Photo
    Mar 10, 2012 at 3:17 AM

    Nice page.
    I worked just down the road from Turckheim once upon a time when i was a young man.

  • LoriPori's Profile Photo
    Jan 8, 2010 at 10:46 AM

    Charming and lovely French town. It must have been beautiful to see in the Christmas Holidays. Have a great weekend. We have over 4 inches of snow on the ground. Not like many others with much more snow to deal with.

  • Nemorino's Profile Photo
    Jan 4, 2010 at 2:12 PM

    A nice new page on this picturesque little town. They must have lots of tourists if they have a costumed night watchman every night for half the year -- I can't think of any other town that does this.

  • nicolaitan's Profile Photo
    Jan 2, 2010 at 8:10 AM

    what a great quaint village - love these places. great stork tool


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