Dambach-La-Ville

Our village carries a rich history! Enter in our world, it is part of our culture!

Here is a film about our village : 30 mn to understand everything, history, geology, the winemakers and their Grand Cru Frankstein, in français, English and deutsch!

The best view of Dambach-la-Ville is the one you get from the St-Sebastian Chapel. You will see the town rampart in pink granite stones from 1323, defended by 3 guard towers, the red tiled roofs of the houses huddled together within the city walls, and all around the greenery of the vineyards as they climb along the surroundings slopes.

Dambach, gravure de Matthias Merian, 1644

Dambach, gravure de Matthias Merian, 1644

Mentioned earlier as the 11th Century, Dambach-la-Ville became a fortified Episcopal city in the 14th C. The Bishop of Strasbourg urged all the inhabitants of the nearby parishes and hamlets to seek refuge there. Since then, the houses, cellars and barns take up all the space within the city walls. Strolling through the streets, notice the buildings that bear witness to all the different historical periods of its past : half-timbered houses of the Middle-Age, stone edifices of the Renaissance (Peasant War), 17th C., homes rebuilt after the Thirty-Years War, and large cellars representing the flourishing wine trade of the 18th C. You will find evidence that Dambach-la-Ville was a bustling center for wine in the coats of arms that adorn the houses and entrances of the courtyards. Many different crafts and trades are represented : winemakers, coopers, potters, bakers, smithies, merchants, cart wrights, for example. Some of those houses still serve as homes to winemaking families and their wines still grow and age in the cellars.

Dambach vue du pinot noir Frankstein

Dambach vue du pinot noir Frankstein

A discovery path is lined with informative signs inside and outside the village.

You can also hike on the « Club Vosgien » trails in the forests surrounding the village, visiting the Bernstein castle. The view on the plain is worth a walk!

Returning in the village, you will enjoy our traditional food in the village’s restaurants. There are many accommodations if you wish to stay a few days. list here

Dambach-la-Ville is ideally located in the middle of the Alsace region. From here, you can easily start a trip on the Wine Road, visit the neighboring Haut Koenigsbourg castle, discover our culture, our history.