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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 the Franche-Comté and 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.

Geographical information

Tourism label
Latitude47.6203910 (N 47° 37’ 13”)
Longitude7.2430360 (E 7° 14’ 35”)
AltitudeFrom 274m to 392m
Surface area9.54 km²
Population5904 inhabitants
Density618 inhabitants/km²
PrefectureColmar (39 mi, 54 min)
Insee code68004
IntercommunalityCC Sundgau
RegionGreat East

Nearest cities & towns

Carspach2.3 mi (8 min)
Aspach2.4 mi (11 min)
Hirsingue2.8 mi (10 min)
Wittersdorf2.9 mi (8 min)
Hirtzbach3.2 mi (9 min)
Walheim3.2 mi (9 min)
Emlingen3.5 mi (10 min)
Tagsdorf4.1 mi (11 min)
Schwoben4.2 mi (11 min)
Heimersdorf4.2 mi (12 min)
Bettendorf4.3 mi (15 min)
Tagolsheim4.4 mi (12 min)
Luemschwiller4.9 mi (15 min)
Ballersdorf4.9 mi (12 min)
Heiwiller5 mi (12 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, a vestige of the old church destroyed around 1845.

Neo-Romanesque church built in the late nineteenth century, Notre Dame has ancient treasures of beauty. Do not miss a Christ on the Mount of Olives dating from the fourteenth century, a baptistery in Vosges sandstone, a Pieta from the fourteenth century, the backbone, or the paintings of Jean-Jacques Henner, Sundgauvien illustrious painter. The church 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 in 1889.

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.

In April, the International Film Festival of Altkirch, projection of short films and evenings with directors.

In May, find the flower market on the Place de la Halle au Blé.

In June, the Friendship Festival and its concerts and in September, the GB Sound Festival organized by the MJC. The program for this event, various concerts of contemporary music and urban art benefits.

All summer, the Tourist Office organizes its summer entertainment for the whole family: heritage tours, breakfasts on the farm, nature outings, crafts, etc.

In November, St. Catherine Fair, one of the oldest agricultural fairs in Alsace.

From December to early January, the city of Alkirch morphs with the Enchanted Forest. Throughout the city center, skits present the stories and legends of Sundgau and elsewhere. Many activities are organized during this period, Cave Fireflies Christmas exhibition at the museum Sundgauvien, narrated tours, chalets craftsmen, ice skating, etc.

All year round, exhibitions, concerts, theater, etc. the Corn Exchange.


Republic Square and fountain of the Virgin
Republic Square and fountain of the Virgin
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Sunday 18 june
Min. 13°C - Max. 29°C
Monday 19 june
Min. 15°C - Max. 28°C
Tuesday 20 june
Min. 16°C - Max. 21°C

Visits, leisure and activities nearby

To see nearby: the flowery and Hirtzbach road, beautiful villages of Alsace colorful and flowery!

Leisure activities

Last nameActivity typeRateCity
Ride the Thur Doller steam train
Entertainment9 € to 11 € Cernay (12.5 mi)
Cristel kitchenware company tour
Culture and educationFreeFesches-le-Châtel (16.7 mi)
Themed wellness workshop
Well-being90 € to 160 € Allenjoie (17 mi)
Rieflé-Landmann winery tour
Local flavoursFreePfaffenheim (25 mi)
Visit a copper mine
Culture and education11 € Le Thillot (28 mi)


Last nameOuting typeDifficultyDurationDeparture municipality
The Zuber view
HikeEasy2h10Thann (14.7 mi)
The Rangen massif
HikeIntermediate1h05Thann (14.7 mi)
The Waldkapelle
HikeIntermediate4h00Thann (14.7 mi)
Ruins of Engelburg Castle "Eye of the Witch"
HikeEasy30 minThann (14.7 mi)
Tour of the historic centre
Village visitEasy1h00Masevaux-Niederbruck (15.6 mi)


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