Bergheim is a charming village located on the Alsace Wine Route, not too far from Colmar. Less known than other villages such as Kaysersberg or Riquewihr, Bergheim still deserves a visit. I personally fell in love with the place. The advantage is that you will not see too many tourists around!
The origins of Bergheim are not precisely known, but we do have evidence of Roman presence. However, the discovery of neolithic silos – several of which held human remains – seems to confirm that a violent event occurred at around 4200 BC. The history of Bergheim has been very unstable, as it changed owners countless times. It’s only in the 14th century that Bergheim received the status of free town, granted by Henri de Ribeaupierre, and that the first walls were built.
Bergheim is not exclusively pedestrian, but it’s better to explore it on foot. Take the time to walk its little streets, to admire the pretty half-timbered houses, the beautiful 18th century town hall, its ancient fortified walls or its lime tree planted in 1300! Don’t forget to visit the old Templar commandery (Tempelhof), Reichenberg castle, the 16th century schoolhouse and to have a look at the astronomical sundial, at the Porte Haute, at the fountains and at the wash-house. Among other remarkable monuments, it’s also important to note the Gothic parish church of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary, the synagogue, the cemetery, the former Ossuary, and the German War Cemetery. You can take pleasant walks around the village and on the walls.
The Maison des sorcières (House of Witches) is a museum recounting the history of the 17th-century witch-hunt and the trials that were held in Bergheim from 1582 to 1683.
Don’t forget to stop at one of the wine-growers of Bergheim to taste Alsatian wine: after all, let’s not forget that we are on the Wine Route!
- Walking around this postcard setting
- With very few tourists, you will feel privileged!
I liked a little less
My best addresses in Bergheim
- For a restaurant for traditional cuisine: Wistub du Sommelier
- Pour a restaurant for market cuisine: La Bacchante
- For wine tasting: Domaine Sylvie Spielmann or Domaine Marcel Deiss (both organic)
My pictures of Bergheim
Bergheim is located:
- 17 km from Colmar (about 25 minutes drive)
- 62 km from Strasbourg (about 45 minutes drive)
- 64 km from Mulhouse (about 50 minutes drive)
The best is to park at the “Parking des remparts”, wich is free and right at the entrance of the village. You can then easily walk around, as the village is not too big.
By public transport
Please have a look at the website Vialsace to see how to get to Bergheim by public transport.