parc-wesserling

Wesserling park is a unique place, as it is located on the grounds of an old 18th-century Royale manufacture of printed fabrics, which became later on, a hub for the textile industry. The whole site was transformed into a unique space, with a park, a museum (textile ecomuseum) and spaces for artistic creation.

A brief history of Wesserling park

Murbach Prince-Abbots converted a hunting pavilion on this moraine in 1699. It was then a piece of paradise and greenery for the good pleasure of the noble class. In the middle of the 18th century, it became a royal manufactory, and it was actually one of the biggest in France. At the time, it was manufacturing splendid printed fabrics, the Indian fabrics. The factory transformed society, and the inhabitants became worker-peasants, dividing their lives between the fields and the factory. At the beginning, many tasks were carried out at home, and later on with the factory prosperity growing, the factory was expanded, as well as the village with it. It was the industrial golden age for years, up until the decline around the 1930s. The site was saved in 1986, by the purchase of the Regional Council. The site and gardens rehabilitation that followed, makes it today a unique patrimonial industrial complex in France.

Visiting Wesserling Park

Wesserling park is pleasant to walk around: vegetable garden, English park or barefoot path… there are many things to discover. Every year, the park is decorated to reflect a specific theme. Needless to say that children are having a blast in this park! It is also possible to buy some vegetables from the vegetable garden or even some jam. The park actually comprises 5 gardens, classed as “Remarkable Gardens.”

Visiting the textile ecomuseum is very interesting. You will discover the different stages to manufacture printed fabrics. Don’t miss the view over the grounds from the museum terrace! It is also possible to visit the Grande Chaufferie (Boiler house) during the unusual tour, as well as the other buildings linked to the textile industry heritage, by following a heritage trail: factories, warehouses, castle of the bosses, the master houses, the brownfield site, farms… Throughout the tour, exhibitions, activities and sound and light shows associate the history of the site with contemporary art, in a very unique and original manner. Dramatised guided tours and spinning, weaving and woodblock printing demonstrations bring back these ancient crafts to life.

If you still have some time at the end of your visit, you can explore the shops and the creative workshops and maybe even stop by the Artisanal Brewery Cabrio.

This cultural and historic space is very lively and there are countless events throughout the year. Don’t forget to check the agenda before planning your visit.

I liked

  • Walking in the tranquil park
  • Visiting the textile ecomuseum
  • Being able to buy vegetable from the vegetable garden
  • Pass Alsace partner

I liked a little less

  • Remember to ask for information before coming, as not everything will always be open (especially the creative workshops).

My pictures of Wesserling Park

Practical information

Prices

You will find here the prices of Wesserling Park and of the Textile Ecomuseum. Admission is free for Pass Alsace holders.

Opening times

You will find here the opening times of Wesserling Park and of the Textile Ecomuseum.

Getting here

By car

The address is as follows: Parc de Wesserling – Ecomusée textile, rue du Parc 68470 Husseren-Wesserling. It is located:

  • 37 km from Mulhouse (about 40 minutes drive)
  • 59 km from Colmar (about 1h drive)
  • 136 km from Strasbourg (about 1h45 drive)
By public transport

It is possible to come by train from Mulhouse. You will have to get off at Wesserling train station, and then walk for about 10 minutes.  The easiest way is to plan your itinerary with the website Vialsace.

Feeling peckish?

If you are hungry, there are several restaurants in the park. I have not tried them.