So on Saturday a friend and I took the train from Strasbourg to Selestat, France with every intention of catching a Navette bus to Chateau Haut-Koenigsbourg. Little did we know, however, the castle as seasons, and it was closed! Since we came all the way here though, we explored the town of Selestat a for a few hours before grabbing a train back. So here’s what we did! (Note: there is more to do than what we did! I will add a footnote mentioning other possible things to see at the end of the post).
- To be Honest, there isn’t really much history behind this one. It is literally just a water tower that began construction in the late 1800s and finished in the early 1900s due to a need for clean drinking water. It’s picturesque though, right?
- La Tour d’Horloge/Tour Neuve
- This clock tower with many names (“Clock Tower”, “New Tower, etc) was one of the entrances into the town, and part of the town’s defense. Built in the 13th century and complete with various paintings around/under the tower, this is a must-see as well if you are in Selestat.
- Snack Break: Le Fournil de Marcel Kientz
- This is a boulangerie we came across while walking, and it is surprisingly large. It has plenty of tables and seating so that you can order your baked goods as well as a coffee or other drink, and hang out for a bit. It also has cute decorations on the inside! So if you are looking for somewhere to hang out away from the cold and grab a small bite to eat, I would recommend, here!
- Église St. Foy
- This church, built in the late 20th century for the Benedictine monks of Conques, is a good example of Romanesque architecture in Alsace. If you’re like me, and are interested in anything to do with architectural history, this is a good stop!
- Église St. George
- Construction of this church started around 1220 and ended around 1490. This church is also very pretty, and of Gothic architecture unlike Eglise St. Foy. Notable features of this church are the beautiful restored stain glass windows and the pulpits.
Things I didn’t see, but you should:
- Witches’ Tower
- Humanist Library