Wasselonne, a symbol of industrial heritage through the ages
Alsatian heritage spans across so many domains that bear witness to an exceptionally rich history and culture.
In Mossig and Vignoble, one city stands out among the rest for its industrial heritage. Wasselonne, located halfway between Marlenheim and Wangenbourg, strategically positioned between the vineyards and the mountains.
Indeed, while Alsace has a long tradition of craftsmanship in its many trades, Wasselonne holds a major place in industrial history. A millennia-old city that today has around 6,000 residents, its industrial heritage spans 250 years, thus marking the industrial and artisanal history of the city.
Evolution of professions towards an industrial tradition
Alsace is the French region with the highest density of professional emblems.
By following the path of professional emblems, you can trace the history of this heritage, which is filled with secrets.
You will then discover the stories behind each street name that makes up the city. Moreover, you will understand how different professions have contributed to shaping Alsatian history.
Did you know that the Alsatian names around you actually symbolize ancient professions ? For example, 'Muller' means 'Miller'.
The Mossig, Wasselonne's Industrial Launchpad
What role does the Mossig River play in this industrial heritage that is so unique to Wasselonne ?
Throughout the centuries, the residents have almost always utilized the Mossig River. It provided hydraulic energy to the mills along the river. In total, 19 mills and factories operated thanks to hydraulic power in the 18th century.
Did you know that originally, the first name of Wasselonne was Wazzeleneheim ?
What do you think is the connection to the Mossig ?
The first part of the word means 'water,' while the ending 'heim,' found in other towns in Alsace, signifies 'home' or 'place.' So, the Mossig has always been a part of Wasselonne's history.
Video Recap with the Mossig and Vignoble Tourist Office
Explore more of Wasselonne's industrial history with the tourist office team. Discover how its heritage endures over time.