Mutzig

Located at the gateway to the Bruche valley, the town occupies a strategic position on the slopes of the first foothills of the Vosges mountains.

The medieval fortifications

Passage du Lavoir à Mutzig
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At the East entrance of the town is a 14th century tower gateway still called the "Untertor" today. This is the largest remaining vestige of the Medieval fortifications. The gun holes and oriel window show that the structure was raised in the 16th century.

Close on this gate, there is a picturesque small street Passage des Lavoirs, where small houses nestle against the town walls.

The Rohan Castle

The Rohan Castle
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This "Wasserburg"-type building had its hour of glory in the 18th century when it became the Episcopal residence of the four Rohan Cardinals. Opposite lie the premises of the former Firearms Manufactory. This is where the famous chassepot rifle was produced, named after its inventor who was born in Mutzig.

If you go up the street Rue du 18 novembre 1918 , you found a reach a magnificent Renaissance house, the mansion of the Landsberg family. Going under the gateway in the inner courtyard, you arrive to the oldest synagogue in Alsace (1787). Mutzig was once the headquarters of the rabbinate and home to a large Jewish community.

The basin of the fountain

The basin of the fountain
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The basin of the fountain dates back to 1911 and the recent column shaft replaced a monument erected in 1667. A beautiful view opens up before you with the Mediaeval tower in the background, where you started your walk.

The St. Mauritius church

The spire of this imposing Neo-Gothic building (1879) is 72 metres high, the tallest in the Bruche valley.

The Town Hall and its curious onion-shaped tower

It stands on this town hall, a Classical-style building built in 1742. In the openings of the bell-tower, a head puts out its tongue and moves its ears when the clock strikes the hour and half-hour.

Other sites to see :

  • Kaiser Wilhelm II Fort (1893-1916)
    Webwww.fort-mutzig.eu
  • The five chapels : St. Wendelin (1566), St. Jacques (1626), Notre-Dame de Lorette (1666), Trinité (1740) and Heilighiesel (1742).
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