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Local Information

Alsace - Saverne
Saverne (German Zabern), a town of France in the région of Alsace, situated on the Rhine-Marne canal at the foot of a pass over the Vosges Mountains, and 45 km (27 m.) N.W. of Strasbourg. It is a sous-préfecture of the Bas-Rhin département. Population (1999): 11,201.

Waterways
The main waterways in the Alsace region that are accessible from our river cruise depot in Saverne are the Moselle, the Canal de la Marne au Rhin, the Canal des Houilleres de la Sarne and the Canal du Rhone au Rhin. A feature of the Canal de la Marne au Rhin is the inclined barge lift between Niderviller and Lutzebourg. Saverne provides an excellent strarting point for any river boat holiday with access as far as Boofzheim to the south-east, Sarreguemines to the north and Nancy and further to the west.

Tourism
The principal building of Saverne is the former episcopal residence, rebuilt by Cardinal de Rohan in 1779, was used by the Germans as barracks. The Castle of Rohan is also the Museum of Art, History and Archaeology. There are some beautiful traditional old houses in the town, in particular on Grand' Street. The church of Notre-Dame-de-la-Nativité overlooks the castle. The church was rebuilt in the 15th century but it retains its earlier bell tower. The Mausoleum of Robert of Bavaria, the beautiful pulpit and stained glass windows can be seen within the church. The river marina has become an important feature of town of Saverne. In the area around Saverne are the ruined castles of Hoch-barr, Grossgeroldseck, Ochsenstein and Greifenstein. Hence a beautiful road, immortalized by Goethe in Dichtung und Wahrheit, leads across the Vosges to Pfalzburg.

History
Saverne (Tres Tabernae) was an important place in the time of the Roman Empire, and, after being destroyed by the Alamanni, was rebuilt by the emperor Julian. During the Peasants' War the town was occupied, in 1525, by the insurgents, who were driven out in their turn by Duke Anton of Lorraine. It suffered much from the ravages of the Thirty Years' War, but the episcopal palace, then destroyed, was subsequently rebuilt, and in 1852 was converted by Louis Napoleon into a place of residence for widows of knights of the Legion of Honour. Saverne was conquered by the German empire, and regained by the French after World War I. In 1912 a German subaltern killed a cobbler in Saverne for smiling at him, hence leading to the term Zabernism (from the German name of the town), meaning abuse of military authority, or unwarranted aggression.

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Location Information

Easy access from A5 motorway (Paris 440 km - Strasbourg 40 km) A35 and A 36 motorways (Bâle/Mulhouse/Besançon) or by mainline train - 3 min from Besançon

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