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At the beginning of the 16th century, in a chaotic Holy Roman Empire due to unending conflicts, wars of religion and peasant revolts, plagued by all kinds of fears, the Jews were targeted with a lot of popular hatred. It was in this context of violence that, in the small imperial town of Rosheim, in Lower Alsace, a scholar turned pawnbroker, Yossel (1476-1554), rose to defend his persecuted Jewish brothers. He went to meet with great men of his time in order to lift the threat on his co-religionists throughout the Empire. He succeeded in placing the Jews under the direct protection of Charles V. The emperor, listening to their counsel, repeatedly defended them against the terrible decisions of the princes and cities. Uniquely in the history of the Holy Roman Empire, the German Jews had a representative who was both invested by his brothers and recognized by the princes. Thanks to a safe-conduct from the emperor, the one who was since called "Yossel of Rosheim, commander of the German Jews" was able to travel everywhere, tirelessly defending his brothers in courts and imperial diets, and during public controversies.
A charming wine-growing village, Rosenwiller is located in the hills above Rosheim, surrounded by hills rich with especially diverse wildlife and plants. At the edge of the woods, the Jewish Cemetery, one of the oldest Jewish cemeteries in Alsace, contains over 6,000 tombs featuring highly original sun patterns on the gravestones. A stroll through the vineyards will give you the chance to admire the panoramic views of the plain, before going to taste the various grape types of Alsace wine, which have been grown here since the 6th century.
A Jewish community was mentioned here for the first time as early as 1215. The synagogue was built in 1876 and was financed by the 205 members of the Jewish community of that time. Among the many historical remains of Obernai three sites show the presence of an ancient and important Jewish community that still exists today. The oldest remains can be found in the ruelle des Juifs, on the upright of a semi-circular sandstone portal, Hebrew letters are engraved, uneasy to decipher. This is probably the entrance to the first medieval synagogue, the one mentioned in 1454. At 43 rue du Général Gouraud, in a courtyard located behind the portal, several elements remind us of the presence of a place of worship: A keystone of an arcade bears the Hebrew date of 5456 and the corresponding date of the Christian era, 1696. The synagogue was built on the first floor, two years after Intendant La Grange authorized Jews to own houses. Under the entrance porch a corner sideboard shows the two blessing hands of Aaron, and the inscription: “the Master, Rabbi Samson, the Cohen”. In the doorframe in the back an oblique notch shows the place of the mezuzah. Along the walls and in the stairwell to the right, protected by a glass roof, one can see elements of the old synagogue, built thanks to the generosity of Jacob Baruch Weyl in 1771. These are the remains of the holy ark (aron hakodesh), which contained the Torah scrolls, and of the reading gallery (almemor) where the rabbis officiated and where the Bima or table for placing the Torah scrolls was located. This is a rare example of rococo decoration in an Alsatian synagogue and act as a compensation for the sobriety of the exterior of the building. One can also discern the traces of three hammered lilies, reminding us that Louis XIV protected the Jews of Alsace. The present synagogue is a neo-Romanesque building built according to the plans of the architect Brion, inaugurated in 1876 and re-inaugurated in 1948. The tympanum of the entrance portal bears the Star of David with French and Hebrew inscriptions. Two sculpted capitals on either side of the door are the rare elements of exterior decoration. Images attribution: © Ralph Hammann - Wikimedia Commons, CC BY-SA 4.0 , via Wikimedia Commons; Chris06, CC BY-SA 4.0 , via Wikimedia Commons; I, Ondřej Žváček, CC BY-SA 3.0 , via Wikimedia Commons
This is an original and entertaining way of exploring the town of Obernai during your stay. The guided tour comes with individual headsets and is translated into 14 languages. The tour takes roughly 40 minhutes and leave approximately once per hour. The train has 60 seats, with handicap access for 2 wheelchairs. Group reservations have priority. The tour train runs every day from April to October.
The Stub des Gourmets restaurant welcomes you in an exceptional setting: a superb vaulted room located on the ground floor of a historic Renaissance building in the heart of Obernai : the Mittelbadstub, a former 16th century bathhouse. Located 25 km from Strasbourg in the Alsace plain, the town of Obernai is the 2nd tourist town in Bas-Rhin. Its city center is characterized by the richness of its heritage. Discover below a selection of photos presenting the restaurant and its atypical setting.
Here is a small winstub (understand tavern in Alsatian) which is talked about a lot. In the dining room, Sonia welcomes you with a smile and kindness. In the kitchen Sacha revisits with genius the good old Alsatian cuisine with proposals as tempting as Braised Pork Cheeks with Pinot Noir or the unforgettable Beef Filet with oyster mushrooms. All in a warm and smiling atmosphere. Freiberg has it all!
A l'Agneau d'or is a bit tucked away but has a homey atmosphere and great food.
Cross the gate which is revealed at the end of the alley in the very center of Obernai, and enter the paved courtyard of what was the prestigious home of the barons of Gail . The rooms and common areas are spread over ten townhouses, arranged around two shaded courtyards, and form a district in the town on the edge of the ramparts.
Hotel 25 minutes from Strasbourg and 20 minutes from Strasbourg-Entzheim international airport. It is in a majestic and warm building of the 14th century, in the heart of the town close to the Kapellturm (belfry), the church of Saint-Pierre-et-Paul and the famous "well with 6 seals" that the family hotel La Cloche in Obernai stands. Listed as a historic monument, the elegant is home to original Spindler paintings, magnificent wood paneling and unique stained glass windows. A sweet scent of yesteryear still escapes from its typical half-timbered facade. Inside, you will find 20 tastefully renovated rooms, an independent restaurant, a tea room and a seminar room. Welcome to the historical and cultural region of Alsace!
Welcome to an authentic and warm setting where the Gouverneur Hotel invites you on a motionless journey to the heart of an original and gourmet Alsace. Nestled in the middle of the ramparts of Obernai, on the Alsatian tourist trails between vineyards, flowers and gastronomy. Historic and charming 16th century residence completely renovated, in a magical and peaceful setting. An authentic, warm welcome, a cozy atmosphere and impeccable service make the Gouverneur Hôtel an essential address. 32 all different rooms spread over the 4 wings of the hotel, each representing a season, invite you to discover the gourmet specialties of our region. Large breakfast room with a full buffet of regional specialties, summer terrace, small lounge that can accommodate up to 10 people for a quality stay.