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Map of the regíon. The Ochsenfeld is on the left at the bottom.

Ochsenfeld in Alsace

Ochsenfeld is a German word composition.

It is composed of the words “Ochsen” (oxen), the plural of “Ochs” (ox), and “Feld” (field).

Therefore the term refers to an area of cattle pastures.

The present article deals with the Alsatian region. In French it is called “l'Ochsenfeld”.

It is a vast plain that extends from the outlet of the valley of Thann in the west to the forest of the Hardt (beyond Mulhouse) in the east and from the Sundgau in the south to Ensisheim in the north.

Ochsenfeld is the name given to the natural region of Mulhouse.

This plain is called so, because in the Middle Ages it was entirely used for animal husbandry and many major cattle markets were held there. However, with the development of agricultural techniques the Ochsenfeld became cropland.

The northeastern part of the Ochsenfeld is covered by the woodland of Nonnenbruch forest.

Ochsenfeld is also the name of a place between Cernay and Wittelsheim in the departament Haut-Rhin. In this place the archaeological remains of the Battle of Vosges were found. Romans fought there against a Germanic tribe in the fiercest battle of that time.

Legend has it that this battle triggered the foundation of Mulhouse.

Further reading[edit]

  • M. Ingold: L'Ochsenfeld, ses antiquités, ses traditions, Impr. de Vve-Berger-Levrault, 1862

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