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Tourism, holidays & weekends guide in the Haut-Rhin

In the Haut-Rhin, Alsace, Altkirch is the capital of the Sundgau region. It is at the crossroads of several countries, such as Switzerland or Germany, not far from Burgundy. This small medieval city founded in the twelfth century and glorious past is installed on a rocky outcrop and an impressive architectural heritage recalls this interesting story.

Crossed by the Ill, the city of Altkirch is surrounded by forests and hills that have made it successful. Visitors enjoy the greenery and ideal for hiking and other horse riding or cycling. The Alsatian Jura, not far, adds charm to the landscape of the Alsatian city.

Altkirch also owes its reputation to its important artisanal tradition, including the presence of pottery and other printers since the nineteenth century. An absolute must in Alsace!

Geographical information

Tourism label
Latitude47.6203910 (N 47° 37’ 13”)
Longitude7.2430360 (E 7° 14’ 35”)
AltitudeFrom 274m to 392m
Surface area9.54 km²
Population5926 inhabitants
Density621 inhabitants/km²
PrefectureColmar (63 km, 54 min)
Insee code68004
IntercommunalityCC d'Altkirch

Nearest cities & towns

Carspach3.7 km (8 min)
Aspach3.9 km (11 min)
Hirsingue4.5 km (10 min)
Wittersdorf4.6 km (8 min)
Walheim5.1 km (9 min)
Hirtzbach5.1 km (9 min)
Emlingen5.7 km (10 min)
Tagsdorf6.6 km (11 min)
Schwoben6.8 km (11 min)
Heimersdorf6.8 km (12 min)
Bettendorf6.9 km (15 min)
Tagolsheim7.1 km (12 min)
Ballersdorf7.9 km (12 min)
Luemschwiller7.9 km (15 min)

Things to see and do

Ancient medieval city, full of Altkirch a significant built heritage and full of interest that blends harmoniously with the Alsatian Jura landscapes.

Located next to the City Hall Altkirch the Sundgauvien museum traces the history of the region but also its capital. In a beautiful Renaissance building, city models through time are presented, as suits or works of art. The building is located on the beautiful Republic Square that also hosts the Fountain of the Virgin, designed by Charles Gutzwiller.

Neo-Romanesque church built in the late nineteenth century, Notre Dame has ancient treasures of beauty. Do not miss the polychrome stone statues of the Mount of Olives dating from the fourteenth century, or the sarcophagus of St. Morand. It was built on the site of the old castle.

The ancient center of Altkirch is surrounded by ramparts and watchtowers which there remain several relics, like the old door, Bloch round or a square house, the last witness of the old castle.

Try by Saint Morand hospital, upstairs the oratory chapel is located in the old cell of the saint. The ceiling is covered with Baroque frescoes, like this beautiful climb of Saint-Morand.

The CARC, Rhenish Contemporary Art Centre offers year-round exhibitions of contemporary art. It is located in a Wilhelminian style building built at the end of the nineteenth century.

Places of interest

Leisure centres

Events and festivities

Animated since the Middle Ages, the city still offers Altkirch of various events during the year.

Every Thursday morning, a traditional market takes place in the streets of downtown Altkirch. He was replaced on Saturday morning by a farmer's market. Alsatian tradition requires, a major Christmas market moved to Altkirch, with its small chalets and illuminations.

Throughout the year, the OKC Festival organizes various cultural and artistic events throughout the city, to the homes of artists like or an interesting short film festival in April.

In June, the time for a whole weekend, the city of Altkirch offers the Friendship Festival. On this occasion various events and free concerts are offered.

Since 2008, the MJC organizes every year in early September, the GB Sound Festival. The program for this event, various concerts of contemporary music and urban art benefits.

From December to early January, the city of Alkirch morphs with the Enchanted Forest. In much of the city, the staging of sundgauviennes legends are installed and soundtracks in different languages ​​telling the stories that amazed generations of children.

Visits, leisure and activities nearby

Leisure activities

Last nameActivity typeRateCity
Ride the Thur Doller steam train
Entertainment9 € to 1050 € Cernay (21 km)
Canoe-kayak at Parc des Eaux Vives
Sports sensations19 € Huningue (26 km)
Marie & Cécile Albrecht cellar tours
Local flavoursFreeOrschwihr (35 km)
Isenbourg Castle Spa
Well-being40 € Rouffach (38 km)
Visit a copper mine
Culture and education9 € Le Thillot (46 km)


Last nameOuting typeDifficultyDurationDeparture municipality
Tour of the historic centre
Village visitEasy1h00Masevaux (25 km)
Sattelboden Chalet
HikeIntermediate3h00Masevaux (25 km)
Lachtelweiher Lake
HikeIntermediate2h30Kirchberg (29 km)
3 lakes circuit
HikeIntermediate4h40Rimbach-près-Masevaux (32 km)
Tour of the lake
HikeEasy1h00Sewen (33 km)


Bed & breakfasts

Vacation rentals