In the surroundings
In Scherwiller village
Scherwiller has a rich and turbulent past.
Two roman milestones and two mediaeval castles (Ortenburg and Ramstein) are some of the village’s historic landmarks.
Several marked footpaths cross the fields surrounding the village: the GR 5 (long-distance footpath), the Pilgrim’s Way to Santiago, the « Sentier des Murailles et des Vignes » (city walls and vineyard trail) as well as the “Route du Sel” (mountain bike trail) and the famous Route des Vins (Alsatian Wine Route).
Last but not least, Scherwiller is the regional capital of Riesling, a grape variety for which the local granitic sub-soil is ideal.
(Link to the home page of Scherwiller village : www.scherwiller.fr)
In the area
You should not miss Sélestat (5km / 3mi away). The town’s archives contain the first ever written mention of a Christmas tree dating from 1521. The town also boasts a unique UNESCO World Heritage listed humanist library.
Discover the remains that will give you a better understanding of local and sometimes national history: the Haut-Koenigsbourg castle and Mont Sainte Odile’s ancient pilgrimage site and magnificent panoramic viewpoint over the plain of Alsace (15km/9mi), the Hartmannswillerkopf WW1 battle field (40km/24mi).
Children and adults alike will enjoy a number of nearby attractions: La Volerie des Aigles (eagle sanctuary), La Montagne des Singes (free-ranging monkeys park), Le Parc des Cigognes (stork reimplantation centre), La Serre des Papillon (exotic butterfly garden), the mediaeval silver mines at Sainte Marie aux Mines and Europa Park in Rust, Gemany (Europe’s largest theme park).