Where once was beauty

Ammerschwihr Travel Blog

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I was on my back to Brussels but decided that I would return following some roads that I never had driven before. The Alsace area is extremely rich on beautiful nature and small villages where you want to stop u and enjoy the sites all the time. On the way I ended up in Ammerschwihr mainly due to the cylinder shaped tower standing next to the main road. It turned out that Ammerschwihr prior to World War II had been like a village out of a fairy tale complete with fortifications, towers, grain market, gabled houses and cool wine cellars where empty barrels silently awaited the wine to be made from grapes ripening on nearby hillsides. A town so rich that it belonged to three sovereigns - the emperor, the lord of Ribeaupierre and the lord of Hohlandsberg. And so it was that back then Ammerschwihr had three provosts, three gates and three towers!

Then in 1944 tragedy struck and the storybook village was turned into a field of smouldering ruins during the Battle of Colmar; the village was destroyed so that only 15% of the original village was left. Ammerschwihr arose from this desolation and little by little a new town was rebuilt upon the vestiges of the old, but far from the old beauty. The war, with all its suffering, spared one thing: the cool wine cellars where empty barrels silently awaited the wine to be made from grapes ripening on nearby hillsides, for Ammerschwihr has remained one of the foremost wine-producing towns in Alsace.

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City landmark
City landmark
Ammerschwihr
photo by: Chokk