Scherwiller

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Scherwiller
The village viewed from the vineyard
The village viewed from the vineyard
Coat of arms of Scherwiller
Coat of arms
Location of Scherwiller
Scherwiller is located in France
Scherwiller
Scherwiller
Scherwiller is located in Grand Est
Scherwiller
Scherwiller
Coordinates: 48°17′18″N 7°25′07″E / 48.2883°N 7.4186°E / 48.2883; 7.4186Coordinates: 48°17′18″N 7°25′07″E / 48.2883°N 7.4186°E / 48.2883; 7.4186
CountryFrance
RegionGrand Est
DepartmentBas-Rhin
ArrondissementSélestat-Erstein
CantonSélestat
IntercommunalitySélestat
Government
 • Mayor (since 2014) Olivier SOHLER
Area
1
18.08 km2 (6.98 sq mi)
Population
 (2016-01-01)[1]
3,224
 • Density180/km2 (460/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+01:00 (CET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+02:00 (CEST)
INSEE/Postal code
67445 /67750
Elevation168–532 m (551–1,745 ft)
1 French Land Register data, which excludes lakes, ponds, glaciers > 1 km2 (0.386 sq mi or 247 acres) and river estuaries.

Scherwiller (German: Scherweiler) is a commune in the Bas-Rhin department in Alsace in northeastern France. Residents are referred to as Scherwillerois in French.

Geography[edit]

The town is situated on the wine route at an altitude of 185 meters (607 ft). Scherwiller is located at the mouth of the valleys of Sainte-Marie-aux-Mines to the east, and Villé at north, 5 kilometers (3.1 mi) west of Sélestat, Center Alsace, and 3.5 km (2.2 mi) south of Châtenois.

History[edit]

The name was mentioned early in the form Sceravillare or Scerwiller, designating a hamlet on the edge of the Scheer, the former name of the Aubach River, which runs through the village. Scherwiller is located at the intersection of two Roman roads: on an east–west axis the salt road from the Villé Valley, and on a north–south axis a Roman road, two milestones of which are still identifiable in the town itself; this explains the presence of Ortenbourg Castle during the 12th century.

Economy[edit]

Located in the heart of Alsace, the village is built in the middle of a 300-hectare (740-acre) vineyard, extending along the slopes downwards from Ortenbourg and Ramstein castles.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Populations légales 2016". INSEE. Retrieved 25 April 2019.