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The town of Guebwiller is located on the wine route in Alsace at an altitude of 300 metres, at the foot of the "Grand Ballon", previously known as "Ballon de Guebwiller", the highest summit of the Vosges mountains (1424m).
Called the "Pays d’Art et d’Histoire (Land of Art and History)" and listed as a Touristic commune, the town of Guebwiller (Gawiller in Alsacian) abounds with architectural and other heritage treasures. This former capital belonging to the Murbach Abbey is in the heart of the Vallée du Florival (from the Latin Florigeravallis: literally valley of the flowers).
Known as "the town of three churches", Guebwiller houses monuments exhibiting a variety of architectural styles. Among the people who have marked the history of the town, Théodore Deck, ceramics master in the 19th century has given his name to the local museum of art and history: the Musée Théodore Deck and the Pays du Florival.
Dominated by a remarkable vineyard, Guebwiller is the only commune in Alsace to produce four AOC Alsatian Grand Crus (vintages): the Kessler grand cru, the Kitterlé grand cru, the Saering grand cru and the Spiegel grand cru.
The town of Guebwiller is ideally located near Colmar (28km) and Mulhouse (22km) and Strasbourg, the European capital (100km). It is in the cross-border Rhinian space close to Basle in Switzerland (54km) and Freiburg in Germany (77 km).
Guided visits of the town in July and August Fridays at 10amGuided visits of the vineyard in July and August Wednesdays at 10amWine tastings at the Domaine SchlumbergerVisits of the parks and gardens of Guebwiller (a town in bloom - "four flowers")Visit to the Parc de la Marseillaise listed as a remarkable garden Touristic and heritage circuit "Pays d’Art et d’Histoire"The Art Nouveau housesVisits with audio guide of the Dominicains de Haute Alsace, the churches, the vineyard, the Musée Théodore Deck and the Pays du FlorivalThe Roman routeThe Alsatian wine routeBiking itinerary - 19.70 km: circuits available from the Tourist OfficeExplore the Natural Regional Park of the Ballons des VosgesBike rental at the Tourist OfficeIndustrial heritageCommercial pedestrian roadMulti-plex cinema: new in 2013Florival recreational area: numerous structures for fun and sport (Lautenbach, 6km)Health toursWalks in the vineyard – wine trailDeparture point for hiking trails: many itineraries available from the Tourist OfficeDeparture point for MTB trails: many itineraries available from the Tourist OfficeEvents, excursions, activities: consult the events guide
Numerous restaurants, winstub, tearooms and accommodation (hotels, guesthouses, vacation rentals, refuges, youth hostels and camping close by)
Tourism packages: guided visit of the town of Guebwiller Fridays in July and August at 10am (year round with reservation for groups), guided visit of the Guebwiller vineyard every Wednesday in July and August at 10am (year round with reservation for groups), audio guided visits of Dominicains de Haute Alsace, churches, the vineyard, the Musée Théodore Deck and the Pays du Florival, independent visits with touristic and heritage "Pays d’Art et d’Histoire" tours, guided visit of the Musée Théodore Deck and the Pays du Florival year round with reservation for groups.
Practical services : touristic centre for individuals and groups, gift shop, bike rental, numerous shops. Numerous restaurants, winstub, tearooms and lodging (hotels, guest houses, vacation rentals, refuges, youth hostels and camping close by)
Recreational equipment for children: parks, playground, multi-plex cinema, tennis courts, aquatic centre, Florival recreational area (Lautenbach, 6km): swings, toboggans, wading pool, climbing net, boule pitch, skate park, picnic area, miscellaneous structures for fun and sport, multi-sport field (tennis, basketball, volley-ball and football)
Amenities/related services: parking adapted for buses, free parking for cars, paid parking for cars, public toilettes, large supermarkets, regular bus service (to Colmar, Mulhouse, etc.)
The wine fair at Guebwiller – every Thursday of Ascension
Created in 1948, the wine fair at Guebwiller takes place each Thursday of the Ascension. This fair is not to be missed. It brings together thousands of visitors who come to taste Alsatian wine from the wine-growing sub-region of Guebwiller. At this event, 300 vintages are available for tasting, while a wide variety of activities and concerts guarantee a good time. As for dining options, between the wine and local specialities, there will be something for everyone. Entry is free. There is a fee for the tasting glass.
The magic of Christmas at Guebwiller
Each year in December, the Guebwiller Noël Bleu creates this unique and innovative event which honours 3D video mapping exhibitions. Entry is free. For more information, go to www.noelbleu-alsace.eu
Also not to be missed are the two treasure hunts organised at Guebwiller and Soultz at the end of November and beginning of January, an opportunity for children of all ages to explore the town. The most successful treasure hunters will be rewarded. Free.
Other activities: see the activity guide
GUEBWILLER Tourist Office45 rue de la République - 68500 GUEBWILLERTél. : 00 33 (0)3 89 76 10 63Fax : 00 33 (0)3 89 76 52 72Mél : firstname.lastname@example.org www.tourisme-guebwiller.fr
SOULTZ Tourist Office 14 place de la République - 68360 SOULTZTél. : 00 33 (0)3 89 76 83 60Mél : email@example.com