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Town hall
Town hall
Coat of arms of Birkenwald
Coat of arms
Birkenwald is located in France
Coordinates: 48°39′34″N 7°20′43″E / 48.6594°N 7.3453°E / 48.6594; 7.3453Coordinates: 48°39′34″N 7°20′43″E / 48.6594°N 7.3453°E / 48.6594; 7.3453
Country France
Region Grand Est
Department Bas-Rhin
Arrondissement Saverne
Canton Saverne
 • Mayor (2001–2008) Dominique Klein
Area1 5.12 km2 (1.98 sq mi)
Population (2009)2 291
 • Density 57/km2 (150/sq mi)
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
INSEE/Postal code 67041 /67440
Elevation 258–432 m (846–1,417 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.

Birkenwald is a former commune in the Bas-Rhin department in northeastern France. On 1 January 2016, it was merged into the new commune Sommerau.[1]


Birkenwald is located at the foot of Vosges Mountains, in the small valley formed by Sommerau river, that feeds the Mossig. It limits with Dimbsthal and Salenthal at northeast, Allenwiller at east, Wangenbourg-Engenthal at southwest and Hengwiller at northeast. The landscape in the south of the commune is mostly dominated by forests. Other areas surrounding it are covered by meadows and fruit trees, located in an inhabited area.

The National Route 4 is 2.5 miles away, connecting the town to Strasbourg and Saverne. The communal road 229 connects the town with Dimbsthal and Obersteigen. The public transportation of Birkenwald is managed by Low-Rhine 67 network, line 404.[2]


The commune was established on 17 February 843. The village probably was formerly located on the hillside where a vault was found which dated from 1751. Château de Birkenwald was built in 1562 in the Renaissance style.[3] I


Historical population
Year Pop. ±%
1962 225 —    
1968 232 +3.1%
1975 217 −6.5%
1982 208 −4.1%
1990 228 +9.6%
1999 253 +11.0%
2006 289 +14.2%
2009 291 +0.7%


See also[edit]


  1. ^ Arrêté préfectoral 8 December 2015 (in French)
  2. ^ Birkenbald, French Wikipedia.
  3. ^ Rieger, Théodore (2002). L'Alsace (in French). Editions Jean-paul Gisserot. p. 61. ISBN 978-2-87747-679-9.