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 – Illkirch-Graffenstaden

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

Town hall © Rh-67/cc-by-sa-3.0

Town hall © Rh-67/cc-by-sa-3.0

Illkirch-Graffenstaden is a commune in the Bas-Rhin department in north-eastern France. It is the second-largest suburb of the city of Strasbourg, and is adjacent to it on the south-southwest. Illkirch-Graffenstaden is one of the fastest growing cities in France and probably in Europe, its population having more than doubled in less than forty years (from 11,648 in 1968 to 26,368 in 2006).   read more…

Theme Week Alsace – Sélestat

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

Place d'Armes © Ralph Hammann/cc-by-sa-3.0

Place d’Armes © Ralph Hammann/cc-by-sa-3.0

Sélestat is a commune in the Bas-Rhin department in north-eastern France with a population of 19.400. Sélestat is located in central Alsace, 22 km (14 mi) north of Colmar and 47 km (29 mi) south of Strasbourg, on the left bank of the Ill River. Sélestat is near the Alsace wine route.   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…

Theme Week Alsace

23 November 2015 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General, Theme Weeks

Vineyards close to the village Kaysersberg © Floroval_fr/cc-by-sa-3.0

Vineyards close to the village Kaysersberg © Floroval_fr/cc-by-sa-3.0

Alsace is the fifth-smallest of the 27 regions of France in land area, and the smallest in metropolitan France. It is also the seventh-most densely populated region in France and third most densely populated region in metropolitan France. On 1 January 2016, the region will join Lorraine and Champagne-Ardenne to create a new region, tentatively known as Alsace-Champagne-Ardenne-Lorraine (a name will be adopted before 1 July 2016). Alsace is located on France’s eastern border and on the west bank of the upper Rhine adjacent to Germany and Switzerland. The political status of Alsace has been heavily influenced by historical decisions, wars, and strategic politics. The political, economic and cultural capital as well as largest city of Alsace is Strasbourg. The city is the seat of several international organizations and bodies.   read more…

Overview Theme Weeks

27 December 2011 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General, Theme Weeks

Theme Weeks In irregular intervals we publish Theme Weeks about cities, regions, and countries. Here you can find the complete list.   read more…

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