Fortified city Rouffach

Between Guebwiller and Colmar, tucked away in the heart of the vineyard, the opulent Rouffach Castle reigns over the Mediterranean-type landscapes, unique in Alsace.

Markers

From the 6th century, the kings of Austrasia built their residence, Isenbourg Castle, there. In 662 Dagobert II offered the town as a gift to Arbogast, the Bishop of Strasbourg who saved his son, Prince Sigebert. Fortified in the 12th century, then ravaged by the Duke of Alsace’s army, the town was developed thanks to the Teutonic Order that installed its Alsace-Burgundy commandery there, and thanks to the notoriety of the Latin school of the Récollets Convent.

History

On Easter Sunday in 1106, during a stay at the Isenbourg Castle, the Germanic emperor held captive a beautiful damsel of the city. Her mother urged the menfolk of Rouffach to snatch her daughter back from her prestigious jailer. She was finally released by women, armed with pitchforks, who since that day were granted the privilege of occupying the right wing of the Notre-Dame de l’Assomption church , traditionally reserved for men.

Key points

The Witches’ Tower on the old ramparts, the Récollets Church and its very sober architecture, the incredible Notre-Dame de l’Assomption church uniting the Romanesque and Gothic style and the sumptuous Renaissance buildings of the old market hall and town hall.

Practical informations

Address


68250 Rouffach

Nearest tourism office
Office de tourisme d'Eguisheim et Rouffach
12A Place de la République, 68250 ROUFFACH
03 89 78 53 15 - info@tourisme-eguisheim-rouffach.com
www.tourisme-eguisheim-rouffach.com
GPS coordinates
Lat.: 47.95622026 - Long.: 7.30014682

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