Neuf-Brisach in Alsace

8 May 2019 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General, UNESCO World Heritage

Town hall © Psu973/cc-by-sa-3.0

Town hall © Psu973/cc-by-sa-3.0

Neuf-Brisach is a fortified town and commune of the department of Haut-Rhin in the French region of Alsace. The fortified town was intended to guard the border between France and the Holy Roman Empire and, subsequently, the German states. It was built after the Treaty of Ryswick in 1697 that resulted in France losing the town of Breisach, on the opposite bank of the Rhine. The town’s name means New Breisach. In 2008, the ville neuve of Neuf-Brisach was listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, as part of the Fortifications of Vauban group.   read more…

Theme Week Alsace – Colmar

28 November 2015 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General

© Sanseiya/cc-by-sa-3.0

© Sanseiya/cc-by-sa-3.0

Colmar is the third-largest commune of the Alsace region in north-eastern France. It is the seat of the prefecture of the Haut-Rhin department and the arrondissement of Colmar. Colmar is 64 kilometres (40 mi) south-southwest of Strasbourg on the Lauch River, a tributary of the Ill River. It is located directly to the east of the Vosges Mountains and connected to the Rhine in the east by a canal.   read more…

Theme Week Alsace – Mulhouse

27 November 2015 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General

Old town hall on Place de la Réunion © Wladyslaw/cc-by-sa-3.0-de

Old town hall on Place de la Réunion © Wladyslaw/cc-by-sa-3.0-de

Mulhouse is a city and commune in eastern France, close to the Swiss and German borders. With a population of 111,000 and 278,000 inhabitants in the metropolitan area, it is the largest city in the Haut-Rhin département, and the second largest in the Alsace region after Strasbourg. Mulhouse is the chief city of an arrondissement of the Haut-Rhin département, of which it is a sub-prefecture. Mulhouse is the principal commune of the 32 making up the Communauté d’agglomération Mulhouse Alsace Agglomération (M2A, population 252,000).   read more…

Theme Week Alsace – Saint-Louis

24 November 2015 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General

Hôtel de l'Europe © Rauenstein/cc-by-sa-2.5

Hôtel de l’Europe © Rauenstein/cc-by-sa-2.5

Saint-Louis is a commune in the Haut-Rhin department in north-eastern France. The inhabitants are called Ludoviciens.  read more…

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