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Lalaye Coat of Arms
Lalaye (France)
region Grand Est
Department Bas-Rhin
Arrondissement Sélestat-Erstein
Canton Dirty
Community association Vallée de Villé
Coordinates 48 ° 20 '  N , 7 ° 16'  E Coordinates: 48 ° 20 '  N , 7 ° 16'  E
height 297-822 m
surface 8.18 km 2
Residents 471 (January 1, 2017)
Population density 58 inhabitants / km 2
Post Code 67220
INSEE code

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Lalaye (Alsatian Lààch or Làch , High German Laach or Lach ) is a French commune with 471 inhabitants (as of January 1, 2017) in the Bas-Rhin department in the Grand Est region (until 2015 Alsace ). It belongs to the Arrondissement Sélestat-Erstein and the Canton of Mutzig .


The municipality of Lalaye is located in the Vosges in the valley of the Ill tributary Giessen , three kilometers from Villé . This takes up the river “Le Charbe” there. On the western side, at the Vallon de Charbes , is the Mont, the highest point of the municipality marker at 822 m above sea level. To the south of the valley, at the height of Lalaye, the Mont , the approximately 500 m high Kohlberg and the 610 m high Goutte Henri form a mountain ridge. The districts of Blanc-Noyer, Chindé, Charbes, Grande Basse, Pransureux, Sachelingoutte and Wachtembert belong to Lalaye.

Neighboring communities in the Giessen valley are Fouchy (Eng. Grube im Weilertal ) on the opposite side of the river, Bassemberg downstream and Urbeis upstream. On the ridge north of the valley, the municipality borders on Steige in the northwest, Maisonsgoutte and Saint-Martin .


The village was destroyed in the Thirty Years War . Subsequently, Romanesque settlers from Lorraine were settled in Lach, as in many other Vosges villages. In Pattois , Lorraine , the place was now called "Lela".

According to documents from 1471, 1477, 1488 and 1492, the district of Charbes was called "Mittelscheer". The place appears as Charpe on maps from the 18th century .

From the late Middle Ages to around 1900, mining was repeatedly practiced in the town. Above all ore was mined, especially galena and antimony , but at times also hard coal .

Lalaye lost 17 citizens in the first and 14 in the Second World War .

Population development

1962 1968 1975 1982 1990 1999 2006 2017
394 405 365 346 364 390 439 471


  • Sainte Aurélie Church, a church built in 1777
  • Le rocher Notre Dame chapel
  • Virgin Mary statue on a rock
  • Croix des morts from the year 1702, today at the department road D 97. It represents the crucifixion of Christ represents.
  • Maisons d'habitation , a group of houses from the 18th century
  • Maisons des mineurs , another group of houses


  • Le Patrimoine des Communes du Bas-Rhin. Flohic Editions, Volume 2, Charenton-le-Pont 1999, ISBN 2-84234-055-8 , pp. 1498-1499.

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