Visit of the church of Ottmarsheim – Jewel of the Romanesque art

by | Updated on 20/12/2022 | Museum and monuments, Museum and monuments (when it rains), On a budget, Open on sundays | 0 comments


I take you to visit the church of Ottmarsheim, one of the most beautiful churches in Alsace. Ottmarsheim is located east of Mulhouse, on the banks of the Rhine. We are here away from the Alsatian tourist routes, and yet a nice surprise awaits the visitors coming to the area… The abbey of Ottmarsheim is a true jewel of Romanesque art!

A religious building with an octagonal plan unique in Alsace

Located on the Romanesque Road of Alsace, the church of Saint-Pierre-et-Saint-Paul of Ottmarsheim was built between 1030 and 1040 by Rodolphe d’Altenbourg, one of the founders of the Habsburg family, before being consecrated in 1049 by the Alsatian Pope Leo IX.

The great particularity of this 11th century church is its octagonal central plan, which is a copy of the very famous Palatine Chapel of Aachen in Germany, making it a unique building in Alsace. The elevation on four levels as well as the beauty of the frescoes found inside the church also make the visit to the place really interesting.

It is really amazing to pass the door of the church: it is already pretty from the outside, but I did not expect so many wonders when I entered! It is worth spending some time there to observe all the little details.

Guided tours of the abbey church of Saint Peter and Saint Paul in Ottmarsheim

Even if the church of Ottmarsheim can be visited freely, I advise you to take a guided tour in order to learn more about the history of the place but also to discover all the sumptuous details of the exterior and the interior of the church.

Classic guided tours are organized regularly, but also theatrical tours. Having had the chance to attend one of them, I can only recommend it. You will learn a lot about Ottmarsheim in the company of Rodolphe or Cunégonde, Count and Countess of Altenbourg. It’s both fun and very informative!

Idea for a bike ride around Ottmarsheim

If you want to have a nice day and take the opportunity to visit the Ottmarsheim church, I can advise you a nice bike tour called “Forests and waterways around Mulhouse” which I talk about on my other blog in this article dedicated to the visit of Mulhouse. Just add a few kilometers to this loop to get to Ottmarsheim, it is worth it! As a bonus, we can stop for a coffee or meal at the tea room L’étape Romane, located right next to the church and which is a good address.

I liked

  • Beautiful and original church
  • Dramatized visits

I liked a little less

  • Nothing!

My pictures of the abbey of Ottmarsheim in the Haut-Rhin

Practical information


The church is open to visitors every day from 9am to 7pm, except during religious ceremonies. Access is free.

Guided tours

Guided tours are organized regularly. More info here.


By car

The address is: 1 Rue du Couvent 68490 Ottmarsheim. You have to count:

  • 18km from Mulhouse (about 20 minutes)
  • 45km from Colmar (about 40 minutes)
  • 117km from Strasbourg (about 1h15)
By public transport

You can calculate your route on Fluo Grand Est.



Laurène est la créatrice du blog Mon week-end en Alsace. Bretonne installée en Alsace depuis 2014, elle est tombée amoureuse de sa région d'adoption au point de lui dédier un blog et d'acheter avec son mari une maison alsacienne dans un village du Kochersberg, près de Strasbourg. A pied, à vélo, sur ses chevaux ou au volant de sa voiture, elle aime partir explorer les moindres recoins de l'Alsace pour dénicher de bonnes adresses à partager sur le blog.


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