Presentation of the Alsace village of Herrlisheim
|Herrlisheim, the only town in the administrative district situated east of the RN 83, is both agricultural and viticultural, with 200 hectares of vineyards and 400 hectares of cultivated fields.
Its history goes back a long way, as shown by a tower and ruined walls of the 13th century castle of the nobles of Hattstatt, later Barons of Schauenbourg. Finally, the castle and its ramparts were owned by the town itself until the French Revolution.
After World War Two Herrlisheim had 700 inhabitants but today some 1700 people live in the village built around St Michael's church, which has a 14th century gothic tower with one side chapel containing historical artefacts and the other, dating from 16th century, that is known as the "St Catherine Chapel".
Because it is situated close to Colmar, Herrlisheim has grown harmoniously and many fine flower-decked new houses have been built. Villagers like strolling along the banks of the river Lauch to the south of the village where they and visitors alike can find rest areas near the meadow that was recently declared a protected site by Alsace nature conservation authorities.
The cycleway alongside the river Lauch from Colmar to Herrlisheim has proved popular not only with the local population but also with tourists from the two campsites of Eguisheim and Sainte-Croix-en-Plaine.
The nearby forest completes the picture of an ideal place to enjoy a few peaceful moments. For younger people in Herrlisheim who enjoy sport there is a wide choice in the leisure zone around the stadium. There is something to satisfy all tastes here, also for the increasingly numerous tourists who visit our villages, each with its own charm, in our attractive district.
The Town Hall, set in splendid gardens and in the centre of the locality, is the pride and joy of the local population, who enjoy meeting here.
Architectural heritage :
- 16th century Schauenberg manor house, town centre
- St Michael's Church, 15th century belfry
- Thieves' Tower (1370), part of former fortifications.
- 15th century St Anne trinitarian (St Michael's Church)
- 17th century wainscoting
Leisure facilities nearby : Hiking trail ; Patrimoine religieux ; Pêche ; Cycle lane ; Indoor tennis courts ; Outdoor tennis courts ; Sports ground ;