Wissembourg is situated close to the French-German border in the Bas-Rhin department in Grand Est of northeastern France.
Story, Camera, Edit : Bert Schwarz
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Wissembourg marks the entrance to the Regional Nature Reserve of the Northern Vosges. It has been part of the «World Biosphere Reserve» since 1989.
As a land of vineyards and orchards, it is the starting point for discoveries on foot or by eBike. Once a small village of craftsmen and winegrowers, today we experience Wissembourg as an inviting and charming little city, where we sit relaxed at the quayside in the impressive shadow of the abbey church or in the cobbled alleys on one of the many benches, before strolling to the city walls.
She tells her story alive, along the louder ones. The city is rich in preserved religious heritage, despite a particularly difficult past. The city developed around the abbey of Saint Pierre and Paul, the second largest Gothic building in Alsace after the Cathedral of Strasbourg.
After the border between Germany and France was often moved, for the locals today it is completely irrelevant for their daily life which state they belong to. French winegrowers have their vineyards on the German side and German winegrowers vice versa.
In this respect, nobody cares if we philosophize about whether Wissembourg might not be the well-hidden gate to the German Weinstrasse.