7.5 KM I ALTITUDE 120 METRES I DURATION 2/15 HOURS I Level of difficulty Easy
This walking loop looks into the history of the Battle of Wörth that took place in 1870 and honours those who lost their lives. The route leading to where the battle took place takes you through peaceful fields, vineyards and forests as well as the villages of Fröschwiller and Wörth. And there are some stunning views along the way.
STARTING POINT AND HOW TO GET THERE
THINGS TO SEE
PLACES TO STOP
- Restaurant La Chaumière, Restaurant La Pépinière, Restaurant à l’Etoile in Wörth
This walking loop starts off in the car park on a cycle path that runs alongside the D27 in the direction of Lembach. Once you have passed the Fabrikgebäude (Factory Building) on the left-hand side, cross the road at the steps and follow the path along the building. Go up the steps on the left-hand side of the picnic benches to get to the path called sentier des Turcos. The “Turcos” were fighters who came to join in the battle from Algeria, a French colony at the time. You will see a white cross 200 metres away from the top step. This is a memorial to honour those who fought in the battle.
Follow the path through Fröschwiller and admire the half-timbered houses in the village. Head towards Wörth via the following roads: rue de Liebfrauenthal, rue de Langensoultzbach and Hauptstraße/rue principale (the main road). Look out for Schloss Dürckheim (Hardenburg Castle) (private residence) and Friedenskirche (Church of Peace) on the side of the path. Following a fire back in 1870, the church building as we know it now was rebuilt on top of the ruins of the former church from 1872 onwards. It is home to the only organ in Alsace that was produced by Bavarian organ manufacturer Steinmeier.
As you leave the village, turn right onto rue d’Elsasshausen. Follow the narrow tarmac road that is dotted with memorials and graves from the Battle of 6 August 1870. It bends round to the left in the direction of Wörth. Keep following the road through the hamlet of Elsasshausen and you will soon come across a Gedenkturm (Commemorative Tower) dating back to 1913 that doubles up as an Aussichtsturm (Viewing Tower), offering a panoramic view over the battlefields and the surrounding area.
Take the road called rue d’Elsasshausen to Wörth, where you will end up on the road called Grand Rue, which bends round to the left in the direction of Lembach and takes you to an impressive memorial from 1870. Carry on heading right on Grand Rue. Turn left towards the path called sentier des Turcos just before you get to the post office. Take another left turn ahead of the body of water and you will end up back at the car park.
We highly recommend that you pay a visit to the Museum der Schlacht vom 6. August 1870 (Battle of Wörth Museum) and check out the exhibits presenting the events of the battle, which is also known as the Battle of Fröschwiller or the Battle of Reichshoffen.
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