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Coat of arms of Seltz
Coat of arms
Seltz is located in France
Location within Grand Est region
Seltz is located in Grand Est
Coordinates: 48°54′N 8°07′E / 48.90°N 8.11°E / 48.90; 8.11Coordinates: 48°54′N 8°07′E / 48.90°N 8.11°E / 48.90; 8.11
Country France
Region Grand Est
Department Bas-Rhin
Arrondissement Haguenau-Wissembourg
Canton Wissembourg
 • Mayor (2001–2008) Hugues Kraemer
Area1 21 km2 (8 sq mi)
Population (2006)2 3,184
 • Density 150/km2 (390/sq mi)
Time zone UTC+1 (CET)
 • Summer (DST) UTC+2 (CEST)
INSEE/Postal code 67463 /67470
Elevation 107–165 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.

2 Population without double counting: residents of multiple communes (e.g., students and military personnel) only counted once.

Seltz (German: Selz) is a commune in the Bas-Rhin department of the Grand Est region in north-eastern France. 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.


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

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