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The picturesque town of Barr, 8 km south of Obernai, is the wine capital of Alsace, with the oldest Alsace wine fair (over 100 years old). Many citizens of the 7,000-inhabitant city came to prosperity through the cultivation of wine. Here one produces the famous Grand Cru du Kirchberg with Sylvaner, Riesling, and Gewurztraminer.
On our arrival, a market takes places in the area of the Avenue Dr. Marcel Krieg and Grand Rue. Fruits, vegetables and all kinds of fresh agricultural products from the region are offered.
We walk along the Grand Rue. The half-timbered houses document the relative prosperity of the residents. A very narrow house at the corner to the Rue Reiber stands out particularly. Despite the narrow style, it has even a balcony.
We arrive at the crossroads between Rue Taufflieb and Rue du College. Also here we find some particularly beautiful half-timbered houses.
We cannot resist the exquisite gâteaus and cakes of the Café J. Oster in the Rue du Collège No. 31. They taste so good that we come back again the next day.
The run of the little river Kirneck disappears underground in the Rue Taufflieb. Thus the tanners settled here in the past. The last remains of this craft are still visible at the end of Rue du College. Here is the manor of the family Deggermann. If you look at the house you can still recognize the wealth of the businessman.
We continue our walk around the quarter of the former working-class and pass Rue Brune and Rue Nueve. The imagination is not enough to describe these houses. One uses every angle and extended and added parts in the course of time.
The former castle wall is still recognizable on Rue de Bouchers. The town hall, built on the remains of the medieval castle, forms the center of the city. A broad Renaissance staircase leads up to the square in front of the town hall. Underneath was the so-called tithe barn for storing the tax in kind.
To the left of the town hall is a small balcony, supported by two columns. The place, where the former administrators from Strasburg read their declarations.
Opposite the town hall is the hotel and restaurant Le Brochet*. It is the oldest tavern in Barr and was already mentioned in 1514. During the French Revolution, the members of the Revolutionary Court lived here.
Through the Rue des Cigognes and the Rue de la Kirneck, where the little river Kirneck once again reaches the light, we return to our car.
The historical Grape Harvest Festival, Fête des Vendanges, is on the first weekend of October. Another reason to visit the wine-town Barr again.
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