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As we were explained, the name Hunawihr refers to the first lords of the town, back in the early Middle Ages. Not surprisingly, the feudal lord was called Huno and his wife was called Huna!!. The latter was declared a Saint and, in the subsequent centuries, its relics attracted a significant number of pilgrims to Hunawihr.
Hunawihr makes part of the 149 villages which have been labeled as one of Les Plus Beaux Villages de France ("The most beautiful villages of France"), an independent association, which aims to promote and enhance the beauty and picturesquism of small historical towns in France.
The importance of the monuments of Hunawihr more than justifies the granting of this label of quality. The main attractions include a XVI Century Town Hall, a Renaissance fountain dedicated to Saint Huna, and the XVI century Church of Saint James, with an adjacent fortified cemetery.
But the real charm of Hunawihr lies in the numerous traditional homes of the wine growers, several of them dating back to the Renaissance period, and in the vineyards that totally surround the village as far as the sight reaches.
Hunawihr is also the home to the Centre for the Reintroduction of Storks and Otters. These two animals have become icons of the region and Alsatians are putting a lot of effort to let them thrive as they did in the old days. The visit of the park provides light on the breeding programs for these two species but is also fun especially for families. Near it, you can also visit the garden of exotic butterflies.
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