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Saverne; Bild: Stadt Saverne

SAverne (France)

General information

  • Twin town of Donaueschingen since 1964
  • Around 160 kilometres away from Donaueschingen
  • Situated north-west of Strasbourg at the foot of the Vosges mountains
  • The Vosges mountains are only 4 kilometres wide here and the "Saverne Pass", railway line and Marne-Rhine Canal all permit natural travel between the regions
  • Around 11,000 residents
  • Mild, continental climate
  • Altitude 200 metres above sea level; Hohbarr and Saverne Pass around 400 metres above sea level
  • Key industries: mechanical engineering, watchmaking, printing, brewery, tourism

History

The Romans and Franks used this convenient location between the Vosges. Residence of the Bishop of Strasbourg from the start of the 15th century until the French Revolution. 

Tourist destinations/sightseeing

Rohan Castle (impressive columns along the north façade facing the park); Gallo-Roman Museum; typical Alsatian half-timbered houses in the town centre with impressive bay windows; 15th century parish church with star-ribbed vault, large windows, bishops’ graves and rich interior furnishings; former Franciscan monastery with a cloister worth visiting; rose garden: In 1898, the Saverne Rose Garden was built to display almost 8500 rosebushes and 550 different species in a 1.5-hectare garden during the summer months (June to September). 

Surrounding area

  • Botanical garden: It comprises an arboretum, an alpine garden (rock garden) and peatlands. This garden is known for its ferns and a meadow with local orchids. 
  • "Karlssprung" ("Jump of Charles") (viewing point)
  • Haut-Barr Castle ruins (good panoramic views - "The eye of Alsace")
  • Abbey of Saint-Jean-Saverne (12th century church)
  • Saint-Louis-Arzviller inclined plane: the canal boat lift and engine room can be visited from April to November.  You can experience the lift as part of a short boat trip.
  • Crystal manufacturer in Harzviller (you can watch the crystal cutters at work here)
  • Former abbey church in Marmoutier, a few kilometres south of Saverne. The church is one of the most beautiful creations of Roman architecture in Alsace.

Contact information

To the twinned town website

impressions from saverne

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