Wattwiller

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Wattwiller

Wǎttwillr
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A general view of Wattwiller
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Location of Wattwiller
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Wattwiller
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Wattwiller
Coordinates: 47°50′13″N7°10′51″E / 47.8369°N 7.1808°E / 47.8369; 7.1808 Coordinates: 47°50′13″N7°10′51″E / 47.8369°N 7.1808°E / 47.8369; 7.1808
Country France
Region Grand Est
Department Haut-Rhin
Arrondissement Thann-Guebwiller
Canton Cernay
Intercommunality Thann-Cernay
Government
  Mayor (2017-2020) Maurice Busche
Area
1
13.61 km2 (5.25 sq mi)
Population
 (2016-01-01) [1]
1,692
  Density120/km2 (320/sq mi)
Time zone UTC+01:00 (CET)
  Summer (DST) UTC+02:00 (CEST)
INSEE/Postal code
68359 /68700
Elevation266–1,121 m (873–3,678 ft)
(avg. 360 m or 1,180 ft)
1 French Land Register data, which excludes lakes, ponds, glaciers > 1 km2 (0.386 sq mi or 247 acres) and river estuaries.

Wattwiller (Alemannic German : Wǎttwillr; German : Wattweiler) is a French commune in the Haut-Rhin department of the Grand Est region, which lies in the north-eastern part of the country.

German language West Germanic language

German is a West Germanic language that is mainly spoken in Central Europe. It is the most widely spoken and official or co-official language in Germany, Austria, Switzerland, South Tyrol in Italy, the German-speaking Community of Belgium, and Liechtenstein. It is also one of the three official languages of Luxembourg and a co-official language in the Opole Voivodeship in Poland. The languages which are most similar to German are the other members of the West Germanic language branch: Afrikaans, Dutch, English, the Frisian languages, Low German/Low Saxon, Luxembourgish, and Yiddish. There are also strong similarities in vocabulary with Danish, Norwegian and Swedish, although those belong to the North Germanic group. German is the second most widely spoken Germanic language, after English.

The commune is a level of administrative division in the French Republic. French communes are analogous to civil townships and incorporated municipalities in the United States and Canada, Gemeinden in Germany, comuni in Italy or ayuntamiento in Spain. The United Kingdom has no exact equivalent, as communes resemble districts in urban areas, but are closer to parishes in rural areas where districts are much larger. Communes are based on historical geographic communities or villages and are vested with significant powers to manage the populations and land of the geographic area covered. The communes are the fourth-level administrative divisions of France.

Haut-Rhin Department of France

Haut-Rhin is a department in the Grand Est region of France, named after the river Rhine. Its name means Upper Rhine. Haut-Rhin is the smaller and less populated of the two departments of the former administrative Alsace region, especially after the 1871 cession of the southern territory known since 1922 as Territoire de Belfort, although it is still densely populated compared to the rest of metropolitan France.

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Wattwiller ruins in 1920

Located near the Vosges mountain rocky spur of Hartmannswillerkopf, Wattwiller was a strategic village in the Alsace, and suffered attacks in or near it during both World Wars.

Hartmannswillerkopf mountain in France

Hartmannswillerkopf, also known as the Vieil Armand (French) or Hartmannsweiler Kopf is a pyramidal rocky spur in the Vosges mountains of the Grand Est region, France. The peak stands at 956 metres (3,136 ft) overlooking the Rhine valley. At Hartmannswillerkopf stands a national monument of World War I for the fighting which took place in the trenches here.

Nowadays Wattwiller is best known for its mineral water.

Population

Historical population
YearPop.±%
20061,714    
20071,721+0.4%
20081,727+0.3%
20091,734+0.4%
20101,741+0.4%
20111,738−0.2%
20121,731−0.4%
20131,706−1.4%
20141,681−1.5%
20151,656−1.5%
20161,646−0.6%

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References

  1. "Populations légales 2016". INSEE . Retrieved 25 April 2019.