Ottrott

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to: navigation, search
Ottrott
Rathsamhausen
Rathsamhausen
Ottrott is located in France
Ottrott
Ottrott
Coordinates: 48°27′31″N 7°25′35″E / 48.4586°N 7.4264°E / 48.4586; 7.4264Coordinates: 48°27′31″N 7°25′35″E / 48.4586°N 7.4264°E / 48.4586; 7.4264
Country France
Region Alsace
Department Bas-Rhin
Arrondissement Molsheim
Canton Rosheim
Intercommunality Canton of Rosheim
Government
 • Mayor (2001–2008) François Schreiber
Area1 28.89 km2 (11.15 sq mi)
Population (2006)2 1,656
 • Density 57/km2 (150/sq mi)
INSEE/Postal code 67368 / 67530
Elevation 230–1,052 m (755–3,451 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.

Ottrott is a commune in the Bas-Rhin department in Alsace in north-eastern France. It lies southwest of Strasbourg.

History[edit]

The village was first mentioned in 1059, in Latin in the ordnance survey of Heinrich IV. The area rose to prominence in the 13th century when a number of castles were built. Many such as Château du Birkenfels stand but are in ruins today. It was built by Burkhard Berger, a vassal of the bishop of Strasbourg. The castle's position allowed surveillance of the old Roman road running from Mont Sainte-Odile to Champ du Feu (fr) and the valley of the Bruche.

The castle belonged to the Berger family who ruled Ottrott until 1532, then power fell to the Mundolsheim family until the French Revolution. The castle fell into ruins after the Thirty Years' War and was taken over by the town of Obernai, becoming part of the continuous forest between Obernai and Bernardswiller.

Demographic evolution[edit]

Geography[edit]

Neighboring communes[edit]

Ruins of the Château du Birkenfels

Landmarks[edit]

Château du Birkenfels

See also[edit]

References[edit]

External links[edit]