Entrance of the village
|• Mayor (2001–2008)||André Sieber|
|Area1||7.22 km2 (2.79 sq mi)|
|• Density||150/km2 (380/sq mi)|
|INSEE/Postal code||68001 / 68600|
|Elevation||190–199 m (623–653 ft)|
1 French Land Register data, which excludes lakes, ponds, glaciers > 1 km² (0.386 sq mi or 247 acres) and river estuaries.2 Population without double counting: residents of multiple communes (e.g., students and military personnel) only counted once.
This Alsatian commune is located in the Haut-Rhin (68) several kilometers from Neuf-Brisach. Situated 2 km (1.2 mi) from the border with Germany, Algolsheim includes a good number of German residents, which has considerably increased its number of inhabitants in recent years. Algolsheim is a member of the Canton of Neuf-Brisach and the Arrondissement of Colmar.
In 1196, the village was mentioned under the name d'Altolvisherde. From 1324 until the Revolution, the commune was part of the holdings of the counts of Wurtemberg. Between 1870 and 1875, several tombs of bronze were found in the territory of the commune. The village then held the name Alt-Olsheim. It owes its current name to the ease with which it can be confused with that of Andolsheim. The town includes a catholic church, a protestant temple since 1864, as well as a mennonite chapel founded in 1977. Modernised agriculture, the principal industry of Algolsheim, maintains a healthy level, despite the increasing scarcity of farmers. More than half of the inhabitants of the commune work in the nearby industrial centers on the banks of the Rhine. The construction of new housing projects has led to an increase in the demographic diversity of the village. Algolsheim possesses a rich natural heritage, owing to the proximity of the Rhine forest and the île du Rhin.
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