Riquewihr, ancient Roman city of Alsace


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Riquewihr, ancient Roman city of Alsace

Among the Most Beautiful Villages of France and the 188 communes of the Ballons des Vosges regional nature park, Riquewihr does not lack attractions! This ancient Roman city has always been famous for its vineyards. It became the property of the Dukes of Alsace around the year 1000 and then of the Reichenstein in the 13th century who lost it in 1269 to the Habsburgs who had besieged the castle. It is still thanks to its "devil of wine" that the city was established as such by the latter. It was at this time that the city began its prosperous years and that its walls were built.

A preserved Alsatian village


Although plundered many times during the 30 years war, the city resisted the various assaults thanks to its wooded and hilly geography which naturally dispersed the attackers. However, it ended up experiencing a period of desolation although its heritage was saved. Riquewihr was then definitively attached to France in 1786, an attachment ratified by the treaty of Paris of May 21, 1786 between the king of France and the duke of Wurtemberg.

Unlike other villages of the region such as Mittelwihr, Bennwihr or Sigolsheim, Riquewihr escaped the destruction of the second world war because of its position in a dead end. Today, it is one of the most visited villages in Alsace.


  • Remarkable City / Village

Tourist areas : Route des vins

SVG coordinates : 817,856