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Riquewihr (French pronunciation: ​[ʁikviʁ]; German: Reichenweier About this soundlisten ) is a commune in the Haut-Rhin department in Grand Est in north-eastern France.

Riquewihr
Main street
Main street
Coat of arms of Riquewihr
Coat of arms
Location of Riquewihr
Riquewihr is located in France
Riquewihr
Riquewihr
Riquewihr is located in Grand Est
Riquewihr
Riquewihr
Coordinates: 48°10′02″N 7°17′52″E / 48.1672°N 7.2978°E / 48.1672; 7.2978Coordinates: 48°10′02″N 7°17′52″E / 48.1672°N 7.2978°E / 48.1672; 7.2978
CountryFrance
RegionGrand Est
DepartmentHaut-Rhin
ArrondissementColmar-Ribeauvillé
CantonSainte-Marie-aux-Mines
IntercommunalityRibeauvillé et environs
Government
 • Mayor (2018–2020) Daniel Klack
Area
1
17.04 km2 (6.58 sq mi)
Population
 (2016-01-01)[1]
1,103
 • Density65/km2 (170/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+01:00 (CET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+02:00 (CEST)
INSEE/Postal code
68277 /68340
Elevation230–936 m (755–3,071 ft)
(avg. 295 m or 968 ft)
1 French Land Register data, which excludes lakes, ponds, glaciers > 1 km2 (0.386 sq mi or 247 acres) and river estuaries.

A popular tourist attraction for its historical architecture, Riquewihr is also known for the Riesling and other great wines produced in the village. Riquewihr looks today more or less as it did in the 16th century. It is officially one of the most beautiful villages in France, or Les plus beaux villages de France. It is located on the Route des Vins (The Wines Road), close to Colmar.

GeographyEdit

 
Old map of Reichenweiher / Riquewihr

Riquewihr is only 11 kilometres (7 mi) from Colmar and minutes from other Alsatian villages such as Ribeauvillé, Hunawihr, Eguisheim or Kaysersberg.

HistoryEdit

Originally the property of the Dukes of Württemberg, the town was converted to Protestantism in the 16th century. Historically, Riquewihr served as a Winzerdorf or "wine village" as a trading hub for Alsatian and German wine.

SightsEdit

Riquewihr was one of the few towns in the area not to be badly damaged during World War II. The town is surrounded by its medieval fortifications and is overlooked by a castle from the same period that is today a museum.

There is a museum about Alsace during World War II and a torture chamber (La salle de torture).

The village is a member of the Les Plus Beaux Villages de France ("The most beautiful villages of France") association.

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Populations légales 2016". INSEE. Retrieved 25 April 2019.

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