Le Hohwald

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Le Hohwald
Le Hohwald is located in France
Le Hohwald
Le Hohwald
Coordinates: 48°24′18″N 7°19′49″E / 48.405°N 7.3303°E / 48.405; 7.3303Coordinates: 48°24′18″N 7°19′49″E / 48.405°N 7.3303°E / 48.405; 7.3303
Country France
Region Alsace
Department Bas-Rhin
Arrondissement Sélestat-Erstein
Canton Barr
Government
 • Mayor (2001–2008) Gérard Hazemann
Area
 • Land1 20.84 km2 (8.05 sq mi)
Population (2006)
 • Population2 501
 • Population2 density 24/km2 (62/sq mi)
INSEE/Postal code 67210 / 67140
Elevation 450–1,091 m (1,476–3,579 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.

Le Hohwald is a commune in the Bas-Rhin department in Alsace in north-eastern France.

Geography[edit]

Climate[edit]

Le Hohwald is a hill village, with altitude above sea level in the commune ranging from 450 meters to nearly 1100 meters, positioned some fifty kilometres to the west-wouth-west of Strasbourg and some ten kilometres to the south-west of Mont Sainte-Odile. Its position in the lee of mountains protects it from north winds and from many of the frequent fogs and mists that are a feature of the climate elsewhere in Alsace, and supports claims of an unexpectedly benign climate all the year round.

Economy[edit]

The tourist business is important to the local economy with more than 120 km of marked paths for walkers in the surrounding forests, other sport and recreational activities advertised including fishing and skiing, and numerous hotels, pensions and restaurants in and around the village.

Visitor attractions[edit]

The arboretum started as an experimental plantation of Douglas Fir established in 1885. Today the range of trees is more remarkable, including a rare sequoia discovered in 1960 and a snake-tailed spruce.

Visitors to the village will also encounter an unusual range of art works, including 17 sculptures representing animals and philosophical concepts.

At the upper exit to the village a fountain dedicated to the fate of Haïdi Hautval, supported by an inscription in no fewer than eleven languages, recalls a locally famous figure from history.

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