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House of Water and the River
Situated in an exceptional natural setting on Donnenbach lake, the House of Water and the River is a centre that fosters education on nature and the environment. It offers school parties educational activities on the theme of water, nature and the forest.
It's a great starting point for everyone to set off on a hike or a bike tour.
These cave dwellings, in which only the frontages are actually constructed, were built in the 18th century and were inhabited until 1958. The rocky cavities formed naturally by the erosion of the sandstone cliffs were once used as storage space by the nuns from an abbey. These small blue houses form a picturesque site which is unique in Alsace.
LA PETITE PIERRE
The Alsatian seal museum
Set in a 17th century chapel. The Association Héraldique et Sigillographie d’Alsace presents a collection of more than 2,000 mouldings of seals that immerse the visitor in the history of Alsace.
The coats of arms exhibited recall the long history of a language of signs and colours that is still relevant today.
The museum of Popular Arts and Traditions
A former artillery magazine houses a large collection of reproductions of springerle, small biscuits eaten specifically at Christmas, which originated in Alsace in the 15th century. The word springerle describes both the biscuit and the sculpted mould in which it is made. The delicacy and fine detail obtained make them proper little masterpieces.
The Headquarters of the Northern Vosges Regional Nature Reserve
Since 1977 it has been based in the castle in La Petite Pierre, built in the 13th century and modernised by Vauban in 1680.
Here, you can explore the permanent exhibition, "The Adventure of the Northern Vosges" to learn more about the fauna, flora, geology, purpose and objectives of the Reserve as well as the history of the castle.
This castle has always managed to move with its time. In turn a defensive bastion, a residence and a barracks, it then became a romantic ruin after the Franco-Prussian War in 1870. Today it is a site of tourist and cultural interest, which proudly bears in its stones the traces of its history, with buildings constructed between the 13th and 21st centuries. From the top of its imposing tower, take in the most beautiful view in the Northern Vosges.
The walls of the castle regularly become a setting for theatre productions and host exhibitions and other events. Endorsed as a Heritage Interpretation Centre by the Bas-Rhin General Council on the theme of Heritage and Artistic Creation, this castle still holds surprises in store.
The Stone(s) Garden
This artist's garden invites you to go for a stroll and take a little time out. As you wander past a gazebo or a flowerbed, romantic or amusing settings bring old objects to life. The garden is also enhanced by contemporary works in ceramics.
In winter, it hosts the smallest Christmas market in Alsace.
Restored in 2002, the synagogue dates from 1836. It was enlarged with a polygonal neo-Gothic apse in 1903.
Visits on appointment in French.
The Swiss house and the oil mill
The Swiss house dates from around 1650 and commemorates Swiss immigration to Alsace, particularly to Wimmenau.
The oil mill, included in the Additional Listing of Historic Monuments, was used to grind rapeseed, walnuts and beechnuts with the enormous sandstone millstones and an ingenious wooden mechanism.