Alsace

Obernai

Obernai is an enchanting fortified village, entirely surrounded by ramparts and within it lies a beautiful medieval old town.
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Obernai is a small town located on the Alsace Wine Route, between Colmar and Strasbourg. It is a lively and charming hamlet, one of the essential stops on a trip to Alsace.

A fortified citadel surrounded by ancient ramparts, Obernai is home to a predominance of half-timbered houses in iridescent colours, lending great charm to the heart of the village. The town hall, the well with six seals or the Sainte-Odile fountain on the famous Place du Marché are just some of the jewels inside.

A special feature of which Obernai is proud and which sets it apart is its bell tower, 60 metres high and the only one of its kind in Alsace.

Things to do in Obernai

The historical centre is not very big and can be visited easily in a short time. You can admire beautiful medieval half-timbered houses, superb Renaissance buildings and pretty courtyards.

Highlights include the beautiful Place du Marché, Obernai’s main square, where you can admire the town tower, the Kappellturm, unique in Alsace, the Sainte-Odile church, the Halle aux Blés and the Hôtel de Ville .

Walking up rue Chanoine Gyss, you can see the famous six-bucket well of Obernai, which dates back to the 16th century and is a listed Historical Monument.

Ramparts

111 Rue de Sélestat, 67210 Obernai, France

Impossible not to see them when you arrive in Obernai. Of medieval origin, the ramparts surround the village for a length of 1.4 km.

With a walk of about 30 minutes, you can admire the village and its architectural heritage from an unusual perspective and take wonderful photographs.

Church of Saints Peter and Paul

2Rue Chanoine Gyss, 67210 Obernai, France

It is the most beautiful building in the town. Its imposing stone façade in neo-Gothic style and its size make it one of the largest churches in Alsace.

The height and depth of the vaulting never cease to amaze visitors, as do the 16th century altar of the Holy Sepulchre, the Merklin organ or the magnificent Old and New Testament paintings from the workshop of painter Martin Feuerstein.

City Hall

3Pl. du Marché, 67210 Obernai, France (Website)

This magnificent building retains elements of the 14th century. But the main body of the building is Renaissance and was built between 1462 and 1523.

Various elements, such as the magnificent balustrade, are later, dating from 1604. Also of note is the superb oriel window that opens onto the market square.

Best day trips from Obernai

Domaine de la Léonardsau

4Rue de Dietrich, 67530 Obernai, France (Website)

Four kilometres west of Obernai, the Leonardsau park covers 9 hectares. It surrounds a small castle with a half-timbered façade and contains some marvellous, small British-style gardens.

The estate and its castle reflect the personality of its owner, Baron Albert de Dietrich: a passionate man with eclectic tastes, the nobleman had the mansion built to house his collection of antique majolica. The château forms a pleasing blend of Renaissance elements mixed with Gothic features while the exterior is richly decorated in stone and carved wood.

Director Claude Chabrol filmed the movie La Décade prodigieuse with Orson Welles, Marlène Jobert and Antony Perkins right here.

Mont Sainte-Odile

A stone’s throw from Leonardsau Park, there is an emblematic place of pilgrimage, dedicated to Saint Odile, patron saint of the Alsatians. You have to climb its 740 metres to discover the monastery and contemplate the exceptional panorama of the entire Alsace plain.

The famous 8th-century sanctuary of Mont Sainte-Odile is located just 20 minutes from Obernai and is considered the spiritual centre of Alsace because of its religious dimension: it is a place where you can breathe tranquillity and enjoy a breathtaking panorama of the region. Just think that on a clear day you can even see Strasbourg Cathedral.

Map

In the following map you can see the location of the main places of interest mentioned in this article

Christmas markets in Obernai

The Alsace region can be visited all year round, however there is one fantastic period when the concentration of tourists is highest. This is, of course, the Christmas period, which generally starts from the last weekend in November until the end of the New Year celebrations.

At this time, Obernai too is cloaked in charm and magic thanks to the Christmas decorations and Christmas markets with their cosy and warm character, typical chalets, old traditions and Alsatian specialities.

Strolling through the city streets is a pleasure: illuminations and decorations made of natural fir trees perfectly emphasise the Renaissance architecture of the city centre. In their wooden chalets on the town centre squares, local artisans and producers invite you to stock up on local gourmet products and handcrafted gifts, amidst the scents of gingerbread and mulled wine.

Don’t miss tasting the white mulled wine of Obernois, for its unique taste and the atmosphere around the Vintners’ Guild Cauldron.

Where to stay in Obernai

This enchanting village holds all the medieval charm, especially in the evenings. Inside and outside the walls, you will find charming hotels, some even equipped with a wellness centre and in-house restaurant.

For logistical reasons, a good alternative would be to visit the small village in one day, choosing to sleep in nearby Strasbourg, which can be used as a base for touring the small villages of Alsace.

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How to get to Obernai

Only 20 minutes away from Strasbourg, Obernai can be easily reached with a rental car after landing at one of the nearest airports: Strasbourg Airport, which is only 20 minutes away, or Karlsruhe-Baden-Baden Airport or Basel-Mulhouse-Freiburg Airport, both of which are only 1 hour away by car.

To go from Strasbourg to Obernai by public transport, however, there are two options: take the bus from Gare Routières des Halles to Obernai, which takes about 40 minutes. Or take the train from Strasbourg station, which takes about 40 minutes.

Obernai Weather

What's the weather at Obernai? Below are the temperatures and the weather forecast at Obernai for the next few days.

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13°
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Wednesday 6
11°
Thursday 7
12°
Friday 8
14°

Where is located Obernai

Located in the Grand Est region, this small village is only 20 minutes from Strasbourg.

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