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Munchhausen

Considering the willow and reed plantations as well as the mud flats, the Delta de la Sauer nature reservation provides a complete change of scene.
Created on ministerial order in 1997 it is composed of 486 ha of protected land.
This beauty spot for ornithology, botany, hydrology or just for its landscapes is also one of the last areas where the flood of the Rhine can spread.

Beinheim

.The heronry, a sublimely beautiful biotope on an islet in the middle of the gravel pit with its remarkable reed bed and its natural spawning ground, is home to a few pairs of herons, black kites, great spotted woodpeckers and other Rhineland residents.

Lauterbourg

Former Episcopal Residence in the Renaissance style (1592 restored in 1716)
The marking on the pediment above the front door, Pax intrantibus, Salut exeuntibus
(peace be upon those who enter, salvation be upon those exit), is happy to welcome visitors. The wrought iron initials affixed to the strip encircling the building remind us
that Lauterbourg belongs to the bailiwick of the Episcopal principality of Spire. Today, this Renaissance building houses the elementary school.

Lauterbourg

begins downstream of the water gate on the principal structure and ends upstream, at the edge of the discharge weir. This structure comprises 10 pools of 1.50 x 2.80 m and is designed to help fish swim up river.
A practically identical structure has been made in the Berizzi Mill sector at Berg (Palatinate).

Lauterbourg

A majestic church overlooking the town. The visitor will notice the medieval bell tower, the Gothic choir from 1467, the immense nave from
1716 and the stained-glass windows, the baptismal fonts, the pulpit and the Stieffel organ from 1777 listed and restored in 1998.
From the terrace (a former cemetery), you can look out over the artful layout of the streets. On the lintel above the porch, the Latin inscription means, "I am here by the grace of God, favoured by peace, and with the help of the Town".

Seltz

The parish church dedicated to Saint Stephen sits atop a promontory overlooking the lower Rhine valley. It has been here almost as long as civilisation has existed in the region and has always occupied this strategic position, whether during the Celtic or Roman epoch. A Roman god (Vulcan) found on this spot can still be seen in a niche on the outer wall of the northern chapel.

Seltz, like the rest of Alsace, was then part of the Holy Roman Germanic Empire and enjoyed the special status of the abbey founded by the Empress Adelaide in the 10th century. This church replaced the original one, built on the plain on the banks of the Sauer, which was swept away by flooding. It was during that period, in 1357 to be precise, that the emperor elevated Seltz to the level of Imperial City.

On 18 April 1674, the King's dragoons burned Seltz to the ground, including the church. However, the outer walls, which remained standing, helped with its restoration in 1683.
The Jesuits ended up the winning side: in November 1684, Seltz church was handed back to the Catholic faith.
A new pulpit and a high altar in the Baroque style were installed towards 1709. And a new bell tower was erected against the northern side aisle outside the nave. It was topped with an onion-shaped roof typical of the times.
In 1898, it was pulled down again and replaced by bell tower in the Neo-Gothic style placed in the central line of the nave, which was extended by one bay. From its 62 metres, the bell tower dominated the town and the surrounding landscape.

The height of the bell tower was its downfall, however. On 28 May 1940, a shell fired by the Germany army caused it to collapse on to the nave and resulted in a violent conflagration. The roofs of the nave and the side aisles, the organs and the pulpit were completely destroyed by fire. Fortunately, the fire stopped before the side altars, sparing them and the choir. But only a building in ruins remained…

The people of Seltz quickly set about building a temporary place of worship close to the present day bridge over the Seltzbach. That building was in turn damaged by shell fire, but would be quickly restored. A temporary building that would nonetheless last for nearly 20 years.
Rebuilding work began in 1953.

On 21 June 1964, the church was finally consecrated. In September 1968, Schwenkedel installed a new organ. It replaced the one built by Stiehr-Mockers (famous organ makers from Seltz), which had been destroyed in 1940.

Numerous improvements and levelling work have been undertaken since the 1960s. The façade was renovated, as were the choir and high altar. Recently, the heating was replaced and a floral arrangement was planted around the building.
It can be said, without fear of contradiction, that Seltz's parish church is a lovely building in prime condition.

On 9 March 2006, the DRAC (Regional Directorate for Arts and Culture) added the entire building to the list of historic monuments.
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Lauterbourg

The Porte de Landau (1708), a witness to the Vauban epoch, is built on medieval fortifications. A sun sculpted on one side of the gate recalls the oath of allegiance to the King of France in 1680.
Upstairs in an exhibition room is a model of the town's fortifications, based on plans from 1782, and documents tracing the town's history.

Munchhausen

A world of nature to explore on your doorstep!

Comprising professional naturalists and volunteer nature guides, the Nature Centre has been endorsed as a “Centre for the Introduction to Nature and the Environment” (CINE). In addition to its educational work with school children, it also works with the general public to introduce them to the countless riches of the landscape and the flora and fauna to be found in its territory.
From the Northern Vosges to the Rhine, from Le Bienwald to the outskirts of Strasbourg, the Nature Centre is our guide to information on and exploration of the living world that surrounds us.
In addition to the activities of the “General Public” and “Schools” programmes, the CINE is able to propose activities according to your more specific requests and interests.

Munchhausen

It is situated at the point where the Sauer joins the Rhine. It is a one-off construction in Europe as it is a flap gate that rests on the water outside flood periods. When raised vertically, it acts as a dyke during high water periods. The construction is 60 m long and 7 m high and it can be moved using hydraulic jacks, each with a thrust of 350 tonnes.

Lauterbourg

Remarkable architecture with its great doorway with a shattered pediment. Headquarters of the Tourist Information Office.
The magnificent Renaissance doorway from 1731 bears the arms of the town. Inside, on the stair landing, is the Roman Altar discovered in 1891 near the church. This Altar, dedicated to Jupiter, doubtless comes from a sacred location and bears witness to the Roman occupation of the site.
The clock mechanism, made by Schwilgué (1776-1856), the famous renovator of the clock in Strasbourg cathedral, told the time on the church bell tower until 1991.

Lauterbourg

This former powder magazine from 1708, capable of holding "95,000 pouches of powder", was purchased by the Protestant community in 1887. Converted into a place of worship, it was consecrated in 1888 and restored in 1952.

Munchhausen

the nature reserve site in Munchhausen is open to anyone curious about or interested in the practice of bird ringing.
Group outing for all ages (mid Juli to the end of September) on appointment.