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Ribeauville is our last stop during this visit to Alsace. The picturesque town is located around 55 km southwest of Strasbourg and 15 km northwest of Colmar. Any place to which we have gone in the Alsace till now has characteristics of its own and is not comparable with the others. This also applies to Ribeauville.
The most important street of the town is the Grand Rue. It cuts the town from east to west. Almost all important sights can be seen here.
We park the car in the Rue de Rempart de la Streng. After a short walk through the Rue des Juifs, we reach the Grand Rue.
At the Place de la 1ère Armée, we film some statues of the Pfiffer (piper). On the first Sunday of September Ribeauville celebrates the Pfifferdaj, the fiddlers’ festival. The Minstrels Festival is the oldest festival in Alsace.
The minstrels of the entire region commemorate their former noble patron, the Lords Ribeaupierre of Ribeauvillé, with parades and artistic costumes. On this day they confirm the oath of allegiance.
Then we head west, past the town hall to the Butchers Tower, Tour de Bouchers. In this belfry from the 13th century, there is a bell which rang the nighttime curfew in the Middle Ages. In the passage, we see many swallows nest.
The Place de la Sinne is framed by magnificent half-timbered houses, most of which serve as a hotel. In the middle, you can see a beautiful fountain with a female statue in the middle, which symbolizes the town. It bears various symbols such as grapes, a wine barrel and coat of arms of the municipalities of the canton.
In the northern direction, you can reach St. Gregory’s Church. But we continue towards the west until we almost reach the outskirts.
We turn around and watch the storks that live here. At the Place de la 1ère Armee we admire the facade of the Auberge at the Elephant of 1522, now the restaurant La Poste.
Next to it, one has built but a large nest for storks. We are looking for a place in the Winstub La Flammerie in the Grand Rue, from where we have a good overview.
The innkeeper tells us that the female has already come here already seven years to breed. If he calls her, it comes flown and he can feed her. And indeed, during our shots, it flies into the side street and lets itself be fed.
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