The overwhelming domination of Alsace continues. For the fourth time in 11 editions of the program “The favorite village of the French”, it is an Alsatian village that has established itself This year. Bergheim, located in the north of Haut-Rhin, between Colmar and Sélestat, triumphed this Wednesday evening, against 13 other candidate municipalities, located in all regions of France.
Among the candidates, there was for example La Bouille, in Normandy, Saint Sulpice de Favières, in Ile de France, or even Le Malzieu city in Occitanie.
When the result was announced, the inhabitants gathered around their mayor gave vent to their joy.
The announcement was made by Stéphane Bern during the television show. Elisabeth Schneider, Mayor of Bergheim reacted: “I am very moved. It is exceptional for us. It is a great pride to receive this award“.
For the evening, a large part of the inhabitants of the town had gathered in the village hall in front of a giant screen.
A charming medieval nugget
It is therefore once again Alsace which came out on top. Thanks to this ancient medieval city of 2,000 inhabitants today located in a landscape rich in vineyards. It is still surrounded by its double medieval walls. You can also rest under its thousand-year-old lime tree, where parties took place from the year 1300.
The village located on the wine route was also distinguished a few days ago to join the five other Alsatian municipalities labeled “most beautiful villages in France”.
Bergheim succeeds the winners in Sancerre, in the Cher, elected favorite village of the French in 2021. But above all, Bergheim is the fourth Alsatian village distinguished since 2012. After Eguisheim in 2013, Kaysersberg in 2017 and Hunspach in 2020.
Titles that bring prestige of course, but above all a significant tourist frequentation. In Hunspach, favorite village of the French in 2020, the number of tourists has increased sharply. It was multiplied by five in one year after obtaining the title.