|Intercommunality||Pays de Ribeauvillé|
|• Mayor (2020–2026)||Jean-Louis Christ|
|32.21 km2 (12.44 sq mi)|
|• Density||150/km2 (380/sq mi)|
|Time zone||UTC+01:00 (CET)|
|• Summer (DST)||UTC+02:00 (CEST)|
|Elevation||188–989 m (617–3,245 ft) |
(avg. 240 m or 790 ft)
|1 French Land Register data, which excludes lakes, ponds, glaciers > 1 km2 (0.386 sq mi or 247 acres) and river estuaries.|
Its inhabitants are called Ribeauvillois.
Known in the 8th century as Rathaldovilare, the town passed from the Bishops of Basel to the Lords of Rappoltstein, who were among the most famous nobles in Alsace. The Lord of Rappoltstein was the King or Protector of the wandering minstrels of the land, who purchased his protection by paying him a tax.
When the family became extinct in 1673, this office of "King of the Pipers" (Pfeiferkönig) passed to the Counts Palatine of Zweibrücken-Birkenfeld. The minstrels had a pilgrimage chapel near Rappoltsweiler, dedicated to their patron saint, Maria von Dusenbach, and here they held an annual feast on 8 September. Ribeauvillé was known as Rappoltsweiler until 1918.
Ribeauvillé is in part surrounded by ancient walls, and has many picturesque medieval houses, and two old churches, of St Gregory and St Augustine, both fine Gothic buildings. The town hall contains a valuable collection of antiquities. The Carolabad, a saline spring with a temperature of 64 F. (which held a great reputation in the Middle Ages), was re-discovered in 1888, and made Rappoltsweiler a watering-place.
The former synagogue of the Jewish community is located on the Rue de la Synagogue and is currently used as the town's cinema.
The economy of Ribeauvillé is mainly based on:
- Tourism, because of its historical heritage and several festivals as, for example Fête des Ménétriers or " Pfifferdaj" (first week-end of September) and Marché de Noël (Christmas);
- Viticulture: Ribeauvillé is located in the middle of the Alsace wineyards and is home to many viticulturists. Most of them are associated in a winemaking co-operative named Cave de Ribeauvillé (established 1895), one of the oldest in France;
- Manufacturing: There is the fabric printing factory Beauvillé and a Cordon Electronics factory located nearby.
- Philipp Jakob Spener (1635–1705), Lutheran theologian
- Johann Baptist Wendling (1723–1797), flautist and composer
- Jean-Michel Beysser (1753–1794), French general
- Carl August von Steinheil (1801–1870), physicist
- Maurice Lévy (1838–1910), engineer
- Jean-François Klobb (1857–1899), French officer
- Hubert Keller, chef
- "Populations légales 2018". The National Institute of Statistics and Economic Studies. 28 December 2020.
- Giant sequoia in the forêt domaniale de Ribeauvillé
- Cooperative website alsace.vins-ribeauville.com Archived 2013-03-18 at the Wayback Machine
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