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Ribeauvillé

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Ribeauvillé - Tourism, holidays & weekends guide in the Haut-Rhin
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This small town of Ribeauvillé on the Wine Trail is very welcoming with its high street lined with numerous half-timbered houses.

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Ribeauvillé

Located in the heart of the Wine Route, in the Haut-Rhin department, the commune of Ribeauvillé joined the town of Colmar on 1 January 2015 to form the district of Colmar-Ribeauvillé. Located at the foot of the Massif des Vosges, it is part of the Regional Natural Park of Ballons des Vosges and is about twenty kilometers from Colmar and its tourist sites.

Common winegrowers, Ribeauvillé has always been an important trading city, as evidenced by many historical chronicles. Former fortified city, it passed from hand to hand, from Lorraine to the German or Austrian empire, before joining the lap of France.

Today, Ribeauvillé remains famous for its wine production, including its great vintages of Pinot Noir and white wines, as well as for its architectural heritage. Very touristy, the town reveals indeed many medieval vestiges and also enjoys a strong cultural activity throughout the year.

Things to see and do

The site of the castles of the Ribeaupierre is surely the most appreciated tourist site of Ribeauvillé. The whole of the buildings, set up in the heights of the commune, the castles of Girsberg, Haut-Ribeaupierre and Saint-Ulrich, is also listed as Historic Monuments. The first was built in the thirteenth century by the lords of Ribeaupierre. The vestiges visible today date from different eras, like the pentagonal donjon of stone, granite and sandstone of origin. A little higher, the castle of Haut-Ribeaupierre is the oldest of the architectural ensemble. Built in the 11th century, it takes its place on an ancient Roman site. Unfortunately, there are few traces left in the middle of lush vegetation. Finally, the castle of St. Ulrich, accessible via a footpath, owes its name to a chapel dedicated to this saint who once stood in the edifice. The main residence of most of the lords of Ribeaupierre between the 12th and 16th centuries, it still features a square keep and a 12th century main house, a knights' hall and a 13th century tower, Barbican of entrance of the fourteenth century. The Saint-Ulrich chapel dates from the 15th century.

Also classified as a Historical Monument, the church of Saint-Grégoire reveals a very beautiful Alsatian architecture. Inscribed, the sanctuary of Our Lady of Dusenbach also deserves the detour. A pilgrimage very frequented in the Middle Ages, it hosts a statue of the Virgin brought back from the Orient by Eguenolphe de Ribeaupierre. Rebuilt several times, the current building dates from the end of the nineteenth century.

You will not fail to appreciate the old convent of the Augustinians founded in the thirteenth century. It features a 14th-century church with a Gothic portal, a Madonna and Child, and a Gothic nave with a painted ceiling and baroque decoration remodeled in the 18th century.

Walking through the town, you will discover several fountains listed in the Historic Monuments such as those of the Place de l'Hôtel de Ville or the Stag. Different residences are also the subject of an inscription to the Historical Monuments like the example of several houses of the sixteenth century or the portal of a house located at 7 Grand'Rue.

Ribeauvillé has preserved several vestiges of its ancient ramparts and one can still admire several towers like those of Storks of the XIVth century or Butchers between the Average city and the Old city. You can admire them as you go along the medieval streets of Ribeauvillé.

Let yourself be seduced by the 18th century town hall and its classical architecture, or by the Pfifferhus. The latter, also known as the House of Menetriers, is a half-timbered house converted into an inn in the middle of the nineteenth century.

For a breath of fresh air, head for the Herrengarten, the town's public garden with its flowers and greenery. Several marked hiking trails are also accessible in and around Ribeauvillé.

Note that the city also has a casino with slot machines and other entertainment.

Places of interest

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Events and festivities

The weekly market takes place every Saturday morning in the Town Hall Square. In March, the city organizes a Spring Market of producers. For two weekends before Christmas, the city offers its medieval Christmas market with shows in costumes and medieval animations.

In March, the carnival in Ribo unveils a parade and many animations.

The Spring of the Philosophers, organized in May, highlights conferences and meetings on selected themes.

At the beginning of June, the Paris-Ribeauvillé takes place on the march, a walking walk that takes place over several days and over 400 kilometers.

In June, the festival of Kougelhopf offers several entertainments.

A wine festival takes place in July to discover the great wines of Ribeauvillé.

The Medieval tradition of Ribeauvillé traditionally takes place in August with costumed parades and fairy-tale shows. The event breaks in 2017.

Every first Sunday in September, you can discover the feast of the minstrels. Over 600 years old, she used to celebrate the Nativity of the Virgin in the inns of the city.

In September, the Fleas du Patrimoine showcase some 40 antique dealers and secondhand dealers, as well as old booksellers.

A festival of early music takes place between September and October with concerts in the different churches of the city.

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In the city
In the city
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Castles of Ribeauvillé
Castles of Ribeauvillé
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In the background, on the heights, the ruins of the castle
In the background, on the heights, the ruins of the castle
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Ribeauvillé seen from GR 5
Ribeauvillé seen from GR 5
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View on Ribeauvillé
View on Ribeauvillé
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Château du Haut-Ribeaupierre - Main entrance
Château du Haut-Ribeaupierre - Main entrance
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View on Ribeauvillé
View on Ribeauvillé
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General view
General view
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North Wall of Ribeauvillé
North Wall of Ribeauvillé
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Triangular terminal
Triangular terminal
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Triangular bollard - Information panel
Triangular bollard - Information panel
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Monastery of Dusenbach
Monastery of Dusenbach
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Monastery of Dusenbach
Monastery of Dusenbach
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Monastery of Dusenbach
Monastery of Dusenbach
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Château Saint Ulrich (on the left) and Girsberg (on the right)
Château Saint Ulrich (on the left) and Girsberg (on the right)
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Castle of Haut-Ribeaupierre
Castle of Haut-Ribeaupierre
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Castle of Haut-Ribeaupierre
Castle of Haut-Ribeaupierre
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Castle of the Girsberg
Castle of the Girsberg
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Castle of Saint-Ulrich
Castle of Saint-Ulrich
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Taennchel - Titan's Rock (magnetic block)
Taennchel - Titan's Rock (magnetic block)
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Taennchel - Pagan Wall
Taennchel - Pagan Wall
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Taennchel - Abri sous roche
Taennchel - Abri sous roche
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Taennchel - Other rock shelter
Taennchel - Other rock shelter
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Taennchel - Belvedere of the Rock of Reptiles
Taennchel - Belvedere of the Rock of Reptiles
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Taennchel
Taennchel
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Taennchel - Giant Rocks (wells)
Taennchel - Giant Rocks (wells)
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Taennchel - Giant Rocks (stones with ponds)
Taennchel - Giant Rocks (stones with ponds)
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Taennchel - Rock of the Reptile
Taennchel - Rock of the Reptile
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Taennchel - Roche-bascule known as Reptile
Taennchel - Roche-bascule known as Reptile
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Taennchel - Reptile Mouth
Taennchel - Reptile Mouth
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Taennchel - Three large tables
Taennchel - Three large tables
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Taennchel - The three large tables or rocks of the rings
Taennchel - The three large tables or rocks of the rings
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Taennchel - The three small tables
Taennchel - The three small tables
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Medieval Christmas Market
Medieval Christmas Market
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Medieval Christmas Market
Medieval Christmas Market
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Medieval Christmas Market
Medieval Christmas Market
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Medieval Christmas Market
Medieval Christmas Market
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Medieval Christmas Market
Medieval Christmas Market
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Christmas market - Illumination with gold leaf
Christmas market - Illumination with gold leaf
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Christmas market - Illumination with gold leaf
Christmas market - Illumination with gold leaf
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Christmas market - The Giants rue Klobb
Christmas market - The Giants rue Klobb
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Castle Saint Ulrich - Illuminated Keep
Castle Saint Ulrich - Illuminated Keep
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Castle Saint Ulrich - Lighted Knights Hall
Castle Saint Ulrich - Lighted Knights Hall
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Castle Saint Ulrich - Light game
Castle Saint Ulrich - Light game
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Corner post (© Jean Espirat)
Corner post (© Jean Espirat)
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Statuette of the pfiffer (© Jean Espirat)
Statuette of the pfiffer (© Jean Espirat)
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Pfifferdaj - Wine dispenser fountain (© Jean Espirat)
Pfifferdaj - Wine dispenser fountain (© Jean Espirat)
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Pfifferdaj - Medieval banquet (© Jean Espirat)
Pfifferdaj - Medieval banquet (© Jean Espirat)
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Pfifferdaj - Char of Babylon the marvelous (© Jean Espirat)
Pfifferdaj - Char of Babylon the marvelous (© Jean Espirat)
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Pfifferdaj - Tank of the celestial journey (© Jean Espirat)
Pfifferdaj - Tank of the celestial journey (© Jean Espirat)
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Pfifferdaj - Tank of the underwater voyage (© Jean Espirat)
Pfifferdaj - Tank of the underwater voyage (© Jean Espirat)
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Pfifferdaj - Chariot of the rest of the warrior (© Jean Espirat)
Pfifferdaj - Chariot of the rest of the warrior (© Jean Espirat)
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The king of the minstrels opens the Pfifferdaj 2015 (© Jean Espirat)
The king of the minstrels opens the Pfifferdaj 2015 (© Jean Espirat)
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Pfifferdaj - Tank of India and Porus (© Jean Espirat)
Pfifferdaj - Tank of India and Porus (© Jean Espirat)
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Panorama (© Jean Espirat)
Panorama (© Jean Espirat)
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Triangular bollard (© Jean Espirat)
Triangular bollard (© Jean Espirat)
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Explanations on the triangular marker (© Jean Espirat)
Explanations on the triangular marker (© Jean Espirat)
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Street decorations for Christmas (© Jean Espirat)
Street decorations for Christmas (© Jean Espirat)
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Medieval Christmas Market (© Jean Espirat)
Medieval Christmas Market (© Jean Espirat)
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Medieval Christmas Market (© Jean Espirat)
Medieval Christmas Market (© Jean Espirat)
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Medieval Costumes at the Christmas Market (© Jean Espirat)
Medieval Costumes at the Christmas Market (© Jean Espirat)
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Medieval Christmas Market (© Jean Espirat)
Medieval Christmas Market (© Jean Espirat)
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Music is also medieval (© Jean Espirat)
Music is also medieval (© Jean Espirat)
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Small canal in the center of the city (© Jean Espirat)
Small canal in the center of the city (© Jean Espirat)
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Ruins of the castle of Girsberg (© Jean Espirat)
Ruins of the castle of Girsberg (© Jean Espirat)
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The Haut-Ribeaupierre (© Jean Espirat)
The Haut-Ribeaupierre (© Jean Espirat)
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Ruins of Haut-Ribeaupierre (© Jean Espirat)
Ruins of Haut-Ribeaupierre (© Jean Espirat)
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Poterne of Haut-Ribeaupierre (© Jean Espirat)
Poterne of Haut-Ribeaupierre (© Jean Espirat)
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Dungeon of Haut-Ribeaupierre (© Jean Espirat)
Dungeon of Haut-Ribeaupierre (© Jean Espirat)
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Poterne and Wall North of Haut-Ribeaupierre (© J.E)
Poterne and Wall North of Haut-Ribeaupierre (© J.E)
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Panorama on Ribeauvillé from the path of the castles (© J.E)
Panorama on Ribeauvillé from the path of the castles (© J.E)
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Ruins of the castle of Saint-Ulrich (© Jean Espirat)
Ruins of the castle of Saint-Ulrich (© Jean Espirat)
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Panorama (© Jean Espirat)
Panorama (© Jean Espirat)
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Panorama from the vineyard (© Jean Espirat)
Panorama from the vineyard (© Jean Espirat)
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Ruins of St. Ulrich and Girsberg on the right (© J.E)
Ruins of St. Ulrich and Girsberg on the right (© J.E)
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GR 5 (© J.E)
GR 5 (© J.E)
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Steeple and apse of the church of Saint-Grégoire-le-Grand (© J.E)
Steeple and apse of the church of Saint-Grégoire-le-Grand (© J.E)
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Church of Saint-Grégoire (© J.E)
Church of Saint-Grégoire (© J.E)
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Chair of the Saint-Grégoire church (© J.E)
Chair of the Saint-Grégoire church (© J.E)
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The organ of Legros-André Silbermann, dating from 1700, in the church of Saint-Grégoire (© J.E)
The organ of Legros-André Silbermann, dating from 1700, in the church of Saint-Grégoire (© J.E)
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High altar of the church of Saint-Grégoire (© J.E)
High altar of the church of Saint-Grégoire (© J.E)
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Large rose window, east side of Saint-Grégoire church (© J.E)
Large rose window, east side of Saint-Grégoire church (© J.E)
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Nave of the church of Saint-Grégoire (© J.E)
Nave of the church of Saint-Grégoire (© J.E)
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Tapestry of the Chapel Maria Raydt (© J.E)
Tapestry of the Chapel Maria Raydt (© J.E)
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Statue of the flute player, emblem of the city (© J.E)
Statue of the flute player, emblem of the city (© J.E)
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The temple of the city (© J.E)
The temple of the city (© J.E)
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House in clocheton (© J.E)
House in clocheton (© J.E)
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Visits, leisure and activities nearby

Climb to the top of the Taennchel strange, strange shaped rocks.

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