Coordinates: 48°54′N 8°07′E / 48.90°N 8.11°E / 48.90; 8.11
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The town hall in Seltz
The town hall in Seltz
Coat of arms of Seltz
Location of Seltz
Seltz is located in France
Seltz is located in Grand Est
Coordinates: 48°54′N 8°07′E / 48.90°N 8.11°E / 48.90; 8.11
RegionGrand Est
 • Mayor (2020–2026) Jean-Luc Ball[1]
21 km2 (8 sq mi)
 • Density150/km2 (390/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+01:00 (CET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+02:00 (CEST)
INSEE/Postal code
67463 /67470
Elevation107–165 m (351–541 ft)
1 French Land Register data, which excludes lakes, ponds, glaciers > 1 km2 (0.386 sq mi or 247 acres) and river estuaries.
Seltz, view to the village with church (l'église Saint-Etienne) in the background

Seltz (French pronunciation: [sɛlts]; German: Selz) is a commune in the Bas-Rhin department of the Grand Est region in north-eastern France.[3] It is located on the Sauer River near its confluence with the Rhine, opposite the German town of Rastatt.


The former Celtic settlement of Saliso near a crossing of the Rhine river was mentioned as the Roman castrum Saletio in the Notitia Dignitatum about 425. Later a part of the German stem duchy of Swabia, Emperor Otto I granted the area to his wife Adelaide of Burgundy in 968. Saint Adelaide established Selz Abbey in 991 and died here eight years later.

In 1357 Emperor Charles IV of Luxembourg raised Selz to an Imperial city, after which the town joined the Alsatian Décapole league. It however lost its immediate status in 1414, when it was mediatised by Elector Palatine Louis III of Wittelsbach. Seltz finally was annexed by France in 1680.


Historical population
YearPop.±% p.a.
1968 2,373—    
1975 2,570+1.15%
1982 2,637+0.37%
1990 2,584−0.25%
1999 2,985+1.62%
2007 3,189+0.83%
2012 3,281+0.57%
2017 3,235−0.28%
Source: INSEE[4]


Église Saint-Étienne de Seltz was last built in 1954–6.

Ferry Seltz - Plittersdorf (Germany). The Rhine ferry Seltz - Plittersdorf (in France: Bac Seltz - Plittersdorf or Bac de Seltz) is a yaw cable (reaction) ferry across the Rhine south of Karlsruhe. It connects the French municipality of Seltz in Alsace on the left bank of the Rhine with the German village of Plittersdorf, a part of Rastatt, on the right bank of the Rhine. The operator is the French European Collectivity of Alsace, the use of the ferry is free. [5]

Twin Towns - Sister Cities[edit]

Seltz is twinned with:

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Répertoire national des élus: les maires"., Plateforme ouverte des données publiques françaises (in French). 2 December 2020.
  2. ^ "Populations légales 2021". The National Institute of Statistics and Economic Studies. 28 December 2023.
  3. ^ INSEE commune file
  4. ^ Population en historique depuis 1968, INSEE
  5. ^ "Les bacs rhénans". (in French and German). 11 March 2022. Retrieved 2022-11-07.

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