Leaving the Vosges for the plain, in Upper Alsace (the southern part), there is the same succession of pictures: forest of firs, then a cool and narrow valley, where a little river gently flows, then vieyards and finally, at the foot of the last hill, the watchtowers and belfries of a little city, in our case, Obernai.
Obernai is charming, even among all its beautiful sisters.It was the birth place of Saint-Odile, daughter of Atticus, duke of Alsace. It has great fortificationsof the thirteen century. It ravishes the eye, the ear and the imagination. It posseses an elegant belfry and a Rennaissance well whose stone baldachin is sustained by three delicately ornamented corinthian columns. Its Hotel de Ville is a marvel (sixteenth century), where, as the other monuments of Obernai, the late Gothic and the early Renaissance harmonize in the most unexpected and delicious fashion. The projecting loggia of the facade is one of the finest to be seen in Alsace.
In Rosheim, a town located several kilometers north of Obernai, you will be able to admire the church which is considered to be characteristic of the Alsatian Roman architectural style.