Old Map of Lower Alsace by Visscher, 1690: Strasbourg, Karlsruhe, Pforzheim, Speyer, North Vosges Reserve
Old Map of Lower Alsace by Visscher, 1690: Strasbourg, Karlsruhe, Pforzheim, Speyer, North Vosges Reserve
Old Map of Lower Alsace by Visscher, 1690: Strasbourg, Karlsruhe, Pforzheim, Speyer, North Vosges Reserve
Old Map of Lower Alsace by Visscher, 1690: Strasbourg, Karlsruhe, Pforzheim, Speyer, North Vosges Reserve

Old Map of Lower Alsace by Visscher, 1690: Strasbourg, Karlsruhe, Pforzheim, Speyer, North Vosges Reserve

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Step back in time with this meticulously detailed map of Lower Alsace, crafted by the esteemed mapmaker Nicolaes Visscher II in 1690. Visscher, a prominent figure in the Dutch Golden Age of cartography, hails from a lineage of distinguished mapmakers, making this piece not just a map, but a piece of history.

This map, originally titled 'Landgraviatus Alsatiae Inferioris Novissima Tabula : in qua simul Marchionatus Badensis, Ortenavia, Caeteraquetam Lotharingica quam alia Confinia', translates to 'The Latest Map of the Lower County of Alsace: in which both the Margraviate of Baden, Ortenau, and the other Lorraine and other borders are shown'. This title reveals the vast expanse of territory covered by this map, which includes not only Lower Alsace, but also the Margraviate of Baden, Ortenau, and other bordering regions.

The map features several significant cities and landmarks, including Strasbourg, Karlsruhe, Pforzheim, Speyer, and the North Vosges Regional Natural Reserve. Strasbourg, the capital city of the Grand Est region of France, is known for its rich history and stunning Gothic architecture. Karlsruhe, located in the state of Baden-Württemberg, Germany, is home to one of the most important courts in Europe, the Federal Constitutional Court. Pforzheim, also in Baden-Württemberg, is known as the "Gateway to the Black Forest". Speyer, a town in Rhineland-Palatinate, Germany, is famous for its Romanesque cathedral, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Lastly, the North Vosges Regional Natural Reserve, located in northeastern France, is known for its diverse flora and fauna.

In addition to these cities and landmarks, the map also provides a glimpse into the political divisions of the time. The Margraviate of Baden, Ortenau, and other regions are clearly delineated, providing insight into the geopolitical landscape of the late 17th century. This map is not only a testament to Visscher's cartographic skills, but also a fascinating snapshot of a time long past. Whether you're a history enthusiast, a map collector, or simply someone who appreciates fine artistry, this map of Lower Alsace by Nicolaes Visscher II is sure to captivate and inspire.

Some of the significant locations shown on this map:

Lower Alsace:

  1. Strasbourg: Known as Argentoratum in Roman times, it is the capital city of the Grand Est region of France. Famous for its rich history and stunning Gothic architecture.
  2. Haguenau: Founded in the 12th century, it was the residence of the Hohenstaufen emperors during the 12th and 13th centuries.
  3. Wissembourg: Known as Weissenburg in German, it was an important place in the Holy Roman Empire.
  4. Saverne: Known as Tres Tabernae in Roman times, it is famous for its beautiful landscapes and historic buildings.
  5. Sélestat: Known as Schlettstadt in German, it is home to the Humanist Library, one of the oldest public libraries in the world.

Margraviate of Baden:

  1. Karlsruhe: Founded in 1715, it is home to one of the most important courts in Europe, the Federal Constitutional Court.
  2. Baden-Baden: Known for its spa and casino, it was a popular destination for European nobility in the 18th century.
  3. Pforzheim: Known as the "Gateway to the Black Forest", it was a major center of jewelry and watchmaking in the 18th century.
  4. Rastatt: Home to the Baroque styled Rastatt Palace.
  5. Ettlingen: Known for its historic old town and the Ettlingen Palace.


  1. Offenburg: Known for its vineyards and wine production.
  2. Kehl: Located on the Rhine river, it is the gateway to Strasbourg in France.
  3. Lahr: Known for its beautiful parks and gardens.
  4. Gengenbach: Famous for its traditional half-timbered houses.
  5. Haslach im Kinzigtal: Known for its historic old town.

Other Bordering Regions:

  1. Speyer: Known as Spira in Latin, it is famous for its Romanesque cathedral, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
  2. Heidelberg: Known for Heidelberg University, the oldest university in Germany.
  3. Mannheim: Known for its grid-like downtown design, known as "Mannheimer Quadrate".
  4. Worms: Known for the Nibelungen saga and the Diet of Worms.
  5. Ludwigshafen: Known for being one of the most important chemical industry locations in the world.

In addition to these cities and towns, the map also includes several significant natural and geopolitical features:

  1. Rhine River: One of the longest and most important rivers in Europe, it forms a natural border between several countries.
  2. Black Forest: Known for its dense, evergreen forests and picturesque villages, it is a popular tourist destination.
  3. Vosges Mountains: Known for their rich variety of flora and fauna, they are home to the North Vosges Regional Natural Reserve.
  4. Palatinate Forest: The largest contiguous forest area in Germany, it is part of the UNESCO Palatinate Forest-North Vosges Biosphere Reserve.
  5. The border with Lorraine: This was a significant geopolitical boundary during the 17th century, marking the divide between French and German territories.

Notable historical events in this region between 1600 and 1690 include:

  1. The Thirty Years' War (1618-1648): This devastating conflict involved many of the cities and territories shown on the map.
  2. The Franco-Dutch War (1672-1678): This war led to the further expansion of French territory in the region.
  3. The founding of the University of Strasbourg in 1621: This marked a significant development in the intellectual and cultural life of the region.

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If you’re looking for something slightly different, check out my collection of the best old maps of Europe and European cities to see if something else catches your eye.

Please contact me to check if a certain location, landmark or feature is shown on this map.

This would make a wonderful birthday, Christmas, Father's Day, work leaving, anniversary or housewarming gift for someone from the areas covered by this map.

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