Munster, Haut-Rhin

For other places with the same or similar names, and other uses of the word, see Munster (disambiguation).

Protestant Church

Coat of arms

Coordinates: 48°02′N 7°08′E / 48.04°N 7.13°E / 48.04; 7.13Coordinates: 48°02′N 7°08′E / 48.04°N 7.13°E / 48.04; 7.13
Country France
Region Grand Est
Department Haut-Rhin
Arrondissement Colmar-Ribeauvillé
Canton Wintzenheim
Intercommunality Vallée de Munster
  Mayor (2008–2014) Pierre Dischinger
Area1 8.64 km2 (3.34 sq mi)
Population (2006)2 5,125
  Density 590/km2 (1,500/sq mi)
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
  Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
INSEE/Postal code 68226 / 68140
Elevation 341–794 m (1,119–2,605 ft)
(avg. 380 m or 1,250 ft)

1 French Land Register data, which excludes lakes, ponds, glaciers > 1 km² (0.386 sq mi or 247 acres) and river estuaries.

2 Population without double counting: residents of multiple communes (e.g., students and military personnel) only counted once.

Munster (French pronunciation: [mœ̃stɛʁ], German: Münster im Elsass) is a commune in the Haut-Rhin department in Grand Est in north-eastern France.

It is located in a valley of the Vosges mountains about 15 kilometres west of Colmar on the D417 road to the Col de la Schlucht and Épinal.

The town's inhabitants are known in French as munstériens.

The site of a 7th-century abbey or monastery, which gave the place its name, it is famous for its cheese (the Munster cheese).

In the nearby village of Gunsbach, Albert Schweitzer grew up in the late 19th century, when the region was known as Elsaß-Lothringen (Alsace-Lorraine) and was part of the German Empire. The village was spelled "Günsbach". The village is home to the international Albert Schweitzer association AISL (Association Internationale Schweitzer Lambaréné).[1]

Panorama of Munster

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