Fortified city Wangen

On the slopes of Wangenberg, which rises to 391 meters, Wangen Castle could be straight out of a fairy tale. At dusk, along its alleyways, the watchman who once guarded the city gates may escort you outside the ramparts...

Markers

Wangen’s name appears in 722, the year Saint Etienne Abbey was founded by the brother of Sainte Odile. Around 1250, an octagonal castle and ramparts were erected to protect the city and its already flourishing vineyard from those who coveted it. This was very useful because the city was often besieged: English, Strasburgers, Armagnacs, Swedish then French in 1643 and 1646. In 1830, an old wine tax was abolished. The vines then progressed throughout the 19th century, then receded, before stabilising on around 80 hectares today.

History

In 1643, French soldiers occupied Wangen Castle. They stored all the harvests there, whilst the poor people complained of famine. Consulted by the mayor, the village magician reassured the latter by telling him that an army of mice would hunt the army rabble. In fact, the rodents got the better of the reserves and the troops left for lack of food. In reality, the mice had transferred the grains from the castle to a secret place. Changed into white cats, the magician and his wife chased them away. Since then, Wangen has never known famine…

Key points

Its location as the first village on the Wine Route, its enclosure wall of over 1,000 meters and its low gate dating from the 1200s-1300s, the pillory stone with its chain, the trade emblems etc.

Practical informations

Address


67520 Wangen

Nearest tourism office
Office de Tourisme La Porte du Vignoble
42 rue du Général de Gaulle, 67520 Marlenheim
info@laporteduvignoblealsace.fr - 03 88 87 75 80
www.laporteduvignoblealsace.fr - Facebook @OTPorteduVignoble
Conservation association
Le Cercle d'Histoire(s) de Wangen
www.histoire-wangen.alsace - Facebook @WangenAlsace
wangen.elsass@gmail.com
GPS coordinates
Lat.: 48.61835682 - Long.: 7.46748447

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