Stretch your legs by strolling around Obernai’s 13th-century ramparts, accessible from the square in front of twin-spired, neo-Gothic...
Place du Marché
Life spirals around this market square, put to use each Thursday morning, where you’ll find the 16th-century hôtel de ville (town hall...
Sentier Viticole du Schenkenberg
This 1.5km wine route meanders through vineyards and begins at the hilltop cross north of town; to get there, follow the yellow signs...
Halle aux Blés
The old corn exchange does a brisk trade in regional treats such as tarte flambée (€10), which are served under stag antlers and hop...
Natzwiller · interesting places nearby
About 25km west of Obernai stands Natzweiler-Struthof, the only Nazi concentration camp on French territory. Today, the sombre remains of the camp are still surrounded by guard towers and concentric, once-electrified, barbed-wire fences. The four crématoire (crematorium ovens), the salle d’autopsie (autopsy room) and the chambre à gaz (gas chamber), 1.7km from the camp gate, bear grim witness to the atrocities committed here. The nearby Centre Européen du Résistant Déporté pays homage to Europe’s Resistance fighters.
In all, some 22,000 (40% of the total) of the prisoners interned here and at nearby annexe camps died; many were shot or hanged. In early September 1944, as US Army forces approached, the 5517 surviving inmates were sent to Dachau.