What to do around the hotel les violettes?

Many cultural, historical and leisure sites are located near the hotel “Les Violettes” in Jungholtz. Below are some ideas for outings around the hotel.

BASILICA OF OUR LADY OF THIERENBACH

Located 0.9 km from the hotel “Les Violettes”, the basilica welcomes the visitor in its baroque style. The origins of this high place of Marian pilgrimage date back to the 8th century. In 1125, a young nobleman from Soultz, suffering from an incurable disease, was miraculously cured there. A few years later, in 1130, the Abbot of Cluny founded a Benedictine priory there.

The present building in Austrian Baroque style was built in 1723. It became the parish church of Jungholtz in 1881 and was transformed into a minor basilica by Pius XI in 1936. A large number of ex-votos dedicated to the Virgin adorn the church walls. There are more than 800 today, the oldest, dating from 1680. The basilica of Thierenbach also has a Didier Fisher Krämer organ, dating from 1923.

THE MONKS FARM

Located right next to the basilica, the restaurant La Ferme des Moines welcomes you in a decor inspired by the 18th century, made with noble and warm materials. The huge dining room, with its pillars and its monumental 2.5 tonne table adorned with chandeliers, can accommodate more than 300 people to discover traditional, rich and refined Alsatian cuisine..

All around the room, 16 automatons representing the monks in their work will tell you in a 6-minute show their daily life and the reception of pilgrims on the road to Santiago de Compostela.

THE ALSACE ECO-MUSEUM (UNGERSHEIM)

Located 7.8 km from Les Violettes, the Ecomuseum of Alsace is the largest living open-air museum in France. It is laid out like an Alsatian village from the beginning of the 20th century. The site introduces people to rural heritage and presents the Popular Arts and Traditions of Alsace: half-timbered houses and collectibles, craftsmen at work, exhibitions, daily entertainment and major events.

It is made up of more than 70 buildings from all over Alsace: houses, farms, school, chapel, station, sawmill… It thus presents the main types of Alsatian architecture. These buildings are all fitted out thanks to donations from Alsatians. The museum’s collections bring together nearly 40,000 objects (furniture, everyday objects, clothing, tools and agricultural machinery, etc.) ranging from the 19th century to the 1950s.

THE LITTLE PRINCE PARK (UNGERSHEIM)

Located right next to the ecomuseum, this poetic and playful theme park opened its doors on July 1, 2014 in Ungersheim. An original concept, it is positioned as the very first aerial park in the world. Covering more than 24 hectares, the Parc du Petit Prince invites visitors on a poetic journey into the world of Antoine de Saint Exupéry’s hero and offers visitors 34 attractions and shows dedicated to the world of the famous book. The Park offers an immersion in the fantastic universe of the famous work of Saint Exupéry. Visitors will be able to walk through the Labyrinth to find the 6 characters from the planets of the novel (the King, the Vain, the Drinker, the Businessman, the Lamplighter and the Geographer) and answer riddles.

THE OLD ARMAND (HARTMANNSWILLERKOPF)

This high place of memory is located 3.7 km from the hotel. The Old Armand is one of the four national monuments of the 1914-1918 war, and one of the best preserved in France. He was the witness of one of the deadliest battles that took place in France.

It is one of the strategic points of the Route des Crêtes and a major memorial site for French and German soldiers who fell during the conflict. Today, there are many buildings, trenches and war installations that are still in place and can be visited by everyone, along several paths that form a route of more than 45 km. Shelters, trenches, commemorative plaques and monuments stand at each crossing, and immerse the walker in the impressive atmosphere of the place. The Vieil Armand Memorial Museum presents a cemetery with 1,264 soldiers’ graves, a crypt where the bones of 12,000 unknown soldiers are kept and an exhibition of period weapons and photographs.

THE NAVE OF TOYS (SOULTZ)

3 km from Les Violettes, in a historic setting, the Soultz Toys Nave extends over an area of ​​nearly 1000 m², and presents toys and games dating back to the end of the 18th century. The setting of this museum, in the former commandery of the Order of Malta (13th century), is unique. The permanent collection is presented on three floors. Children can also take advantage of the toys by exercising their imagination or their skill in the play areas reserved for them on the ground floor and on the third floor. The museum continues to grow considerably over time through the purchase, donation or loan of new toys. It is a lively and playful place, which appeals to our child’s heart.

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