Riquewihr

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Riquewihr
Main street
Main street
Riquewihr is located in France
Riquewihr
Riquewihr
Coordinates: 48°10′02″N 7°17′52″E / 48.1672°N 7.2978°E / 48.1672; 7.2978Coordinates: 48°10′02″N 7°17′52″E / 48.1672°N 7.2978°E / 48.1672; 7.2978
Country France
Region Alsace
Department Haut-Rhin
Arrondissement Ribeauvillé
Canton Kaysersberg
Intercommunality Ribeauvillé et environs
Government
 • Mayor (2001–2008) Jean Buttighoffer
Area1 17.04 km2 (6.58 sq mi)
Population (2006)2 1,308
 • Density 77/km2 (200/sq mi)
INSEE/Postal code 68277 / 68340
Elevation 230–936 m (755–3,071 ft)
(avg. 295 m or 968 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.

Riquewihr (German: About this sound Reichenweier ) is a commune in the Haut-Rhin department in Alsace in north-eastern France.

A popular tourist attraction for its historical architecture, Riquewihr is also known for the Riesling and other great wines produced in the village. Riquewihr looks today more or less as it did in the 16th century.

Geography[edit]

Old map of Reichenweiher / Riquewihr

Riquewihr is only 7 miles (11 km) from Colmar and minutes from other Alsatian villages such as Ribeauvillé, Hunawihr, Eguisheim or Kaysersberg.

History[edit]

Originally the property of the Dukes of Württemberg, the town was converted to Protestantism in the 16th century. Historically, Riquewihr served as a Winzerdorf or "wine village" as a trading hub for Alsatian and German wine.

Sights[edit]

Dolder Tower

Riquewihr was one of the few towns in the area not to be badly damaged during World War II. The town is surrounded by its medieval fortifications and is overlooked by a castle from the same period that is today a museum.

There is a museum about Alsace during World War II and a torture chamber (La salle de torture).

The village is a member of the Les Plus Beaux Villages de France ("The most beautiful villages of France") association.

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