Scherwiller

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Scherwiller
The village viewed from the vineyard
The village viewed from the vineyard
Coat of arms of Scherwiller
Coat of arms
Scherwiller is located in France
Scherwiller
Scherwiller
Coordinates: 48°17′18″N 7°25′07″E / 48.2883°N 7.4186°E / 48.2883; 7.4186Coordinates: 48°17′18″N 7°25′07″E / 48.2883°N 7.4186°E / 48.2883; 7.4186
Country France
Region Grand Est
Department Bas-Rhin
Arrondissement Sélestat-Erstein
Canton Sélestat
Intercommunality Sélestat
Government
 • Mayor (since 2014) Olivier SOHLER
Area1 18.08 km2 (6.98 sq mi)
Population (2006)2 3,000
 • Density 170/km2 (430/sq mi)
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
INSEE/Postal code 67445 / 67750
Elevation 168–532 m (551–1,745 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.

Scherwiller (German: Scherweiler) is a commune in the Bas-Rhin department in Alsace in northeastern France. Residents are referred to as Scherwillerois in French.

Geography[edit]

The town is situated on the wine route at an altitude of 185 meters (607 ft). Scherwiller is located at the mouth of the valleys of Sainte-Marie-aux-Mines to the east, and Villé at north, 5 kilometers (3.1 mi) west of Sélestat, Center Alsace, and 3.5 km (2.2 mi) south of Châtenois.

History[edit]

The name was mentioned early in the form Sceravillare or Scerwiller, designating a hamlet on the edge of the Scheer, the former name of the Aubach River, which runs through the village. Scherwiller is located at the intersection of two Roman roads: on an east-west axis the salt road from the Villé Valley, and on a north-south axis a Roman road, two milestones of which are still identifiable in the town itself. This explains the presence of Ortenbourg Castle during the 12th century.

Economy[edit]

Located in the heart of Alsace, the village is built in the middle of a 300-hectare (740-acre) vineyard, extending along the slopes downwards from Ortenbourg and Ramstein castles.

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