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Coat of arms of Huningue
Huningue (France)
region Grand Est
Department Haut-Rhin
Arrondissement Mulhouse
Canton Saint-Louis
Community association Saint-Louis agglomeration
Coordinates 47 ° 35 '  N , 7 ° 35'  E Coordinates: 47 ° 35 '  N , 7 ° 35'  E
height 242-259 m
surface 2.86 km 2
Residents 7,238 (January 1, 2017)
Population density 2,531 inhabitants / km 2
Post Code 68330
INSEE code

Town Hall ( Hôtel de ville )

Huningue ( German  Hüningen ; Alsatian Hinige ( High Alemannic ) or Hininge (Lower Alemannic )) is a French commune with 7,238 inhabitants (as of January 1, 2017) in the Haut-Rhin department in the Grand Est region (until 2015 Alsace ). It belongs to the arrondissement of Mulhouse and the canton of Saint-Louis .


Huningue on the left side of the Rhine borders directly on Basel in Switzerland and Weil am Rhein in Germany. In Huningue, the Canal de Huningue branches off from the Rhine. To the right of the Rhine is Kleinhüningen , an urban suburb of Basel. The French neighboring communities are Saint-Louis and Village-Neuf .


Hüningen was first mentioned in 828 in a donation to the St. Gallen monastery . Then the owners changed a few more times. Despite some efforts, the city of Basel did not succeed in gaining ownership of the neighboring Habsburg town.

In 1679, the construction of the fortress Hüningen , commissioned by Louis XIV to Vauban, began, which he built with the builder Jacques Tarade , who was responsible for the fortresses of Alsace. In this context, the population of Großhüningen was forced to resettle in Neudorf. The place name Village-Neuf , "le village neuf de Grand-Huningue", still reminds of this resettlement today . The salmon fishing dispute of 1736/37 is also related to the construction of the fortress . It was primarily about fishing rights, which were disputed between the Hüning and Kleinhüning fishermen, but actually about land requirements for the construction of a bridgehead on the right bank of the Rhine. A memorial is dedicated to the fortress commander Jean Charles Abbatucci . He defended the fortress against Austrian attacks in 1796, but lost his life in the process.

After the Congress of Vienna , Archduke Johann of Austria led the siege and storming of the Vauban fortress of Hüningen, which surrendered after eleven days of bombardment on August 26, 1815, to the great joy of the Basel citizens. The fortress was then razed at the request of the Basel citizens in the winter of 1815/16.

In 1883 construction workers found gold coins and gold jewelry that were assigned to the Celtic culture.

Population development
year 1962 1968 1975 1982 1990 1999 2009 2016
Residents 4963 5769 6576 6,679 6252 6097 6584 7213

Culture and sights

  • The Musée historique et militaire (Historical and Military Museum) shows the military life of the old Vauban fortress. It is housed in a house from the 17th century.
  • The former garrison church was built according to plans by the architect Jacques Tarade , an employee of Vauban. It is located on the Place Abbattucci and is now profaned . Because of its room acoustics , it is valued as a concert space for chamber music . The facade, bell tower and roof have been protected as a monument historique since 1938 .
  • The Parc des Eaux Vives is a recreational area with artificial white water that allows kayaking and canoeing , rafting and white water swimming.
  • The Dreiländerbrücke , a pedestrian and bicycle bridge over the Rhine, has been connecting Huningue with the German city of Weil am Rhein since 2007. It is the world's longest arched bridge for pedestrians and cyclists and was designed by the Austrian architect Dietmar Feichtinger, who now lives and works in Paris, in cooperation with LAP Leonhardt Andrä & Partner (Berlin / Stuttgart). The name is derived from the border triangle Germany-France-Switzerland, which is located 200 meters south in the Rhine. To the north of this, the Palmrain Bridge connects the two places for motorized traffic and offers a direct connection to the German A 5 motorway .
  • The Triangle is a cultural center with a total of 5540 square meters, which is spread over 21 rooms. It was built according to plans by the Mülhaus architect Jean-Marie Martini and inaugurated in February 2002. Numerous cultural events take place there; Dance, theater, concerts, circus arts, cabaret, exhibitions, it is also a meeting place for young people.

Town twinning

  • Huningue has maintained partnerships with the German city of Weil am Rhein on the opposite side of the Rhine and with Soustons in Aquitaine since 1962 .



  • Le Patrimoine des Communes du Haut-Rhin. Flohic Editions, Volume 1, Paris 1998, ISBN 2-84234-036-1 , pp. 618-620.

Web links

Commons : Huningue  - collection of pictures, videos and audio files

Individual evidence

  1. ^ Historical maps as digital copies 1 and 2 from the University and State Library in Düsseldorf
  2. Jürg-Peter Lienhard: History of Hüningen
  3. ^ History at Geocities ( Memento from February 12, 2005 in the Internet Archive )
  4. ^ Report in the Badische Zeitung
  5. ^ Andres Furger: The gold find from Saint-Louis near Basel - Celtic hoard finds with coins and ring jewelry in context , 2015 pdf on . In the literature, due to the earlier secrecy of the find, the term "gold find from Saint Louis" has prevailed, although the find was made on the banks of the Rhine and the district of Saint Louis does not extend to the bank of the Rhine.
  6. Entry No. IA00024495 in the Base Mérimée of the French Ministry of Culture (French)