Old Map of The Alsaces, Duchy of Zweibrücken & Bishopric of Speyer by Visscher, 1690: Strasbourg, Freiburg im Breisgau, Karlsruhe, Mannheim, Basel
Old Map of The Alsaces, Duchy of Zweibrücken & Bishopric of Speyer by Visscher, 1690: Strasbourg, Freiburg im Breisgau, Karlsruhe, Mannheim, Basel
Old Map of The Alsaces, Duchy of Zweibrücken & Bishopric of Speyer by Visscher, 1690: Strasbourg, Freiburg im Breisgau, Karlsruhe, Mannheim, Basel
Old Map of The Alsaces, Duchy of Zweibrücken & Bishopric of Speyer by Visscher, 1690: Strasbourg, Freiburg im Breisgau, Karlsruhe, Mannheim, Basel

Old Map of The Alsaces, Duchy of Zweibrücken & Bishopric of Speyer by Visscher, 1690: Strasbourg, Freiburg im Breisgau, Karlsruhe, Mannheim, Basel

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Immerse yourself in the historical intricacies of 'Utriusque Alsatiae, Ducatus Dupontii et Spirensis Episcopatus', a remarkable map crafted by Nicolaes Visscher II in 1690. This masterpiece of cartography captures the regions and political divisions of The Alsaces and Duchy of Zweibrücken & Bishopric of Speyer, areas now part of modern-day France and Germany. The full name of the map translates to 'Both Alsaces, Duchy of Zweibrücken and Bishopric of Speyer', providing a clear understanding of the territories it encompasses.

The map's attention to detail is a testament to the cartographic prowess of the Visscher family, renowned mapmakers of the Dutch Golden Age. Nicolaes Visscher II, the grandson of Claes Janszoon Visscher, followed in his grandfather's footsteps, creating maps that were not only accurate but also works of art. His depiction of these regions, complete with intricate detailing, makes this map a standout piece of historical significance.

Prominently featured on the map are five key cities: Strasbourg, Freiburg im Breisgau, Karlsruhe, Mannheim, and Basel. Each city is depicted with a meticulous attention to detail, providing a snapshot of their geographical layout during the late 17th century. This offers a unique perspective into the urban planning and architectural design of the period, making this map a valuable resource for historians and enthusiasts alike.

Beyond the cities, the map provides an insightful look into the political landscape of the time. The Alsaces, the Duchy of Zweibrücken, and the Bishopric of Speyer are all clearly demarcated, reflecting the territorial divisions of the period. This, coupled with the map's geographical accuracy, offers a comprehensive view of the region's historical context, making it a must-have for any collector of historical maps or those with a keen interest in the history of France and Germany.

Some of the significant locations shown on this map:


  1. Strasbourg: Known as Argentoratum in Roman times, it is the capital city of the Grand Est region of France. It is notable for its rich history, cultural sites, and as the official seat of the European Parliament.
  2. Mulhouse: Founded in the 9th century, it was historically known as Mülhausen. It's known for its industrial history and the Cité de l’Automobile museum.
  3. Colmar: Known in German as Kolmar, it is renowned for its well-preserved old town, its numerous architectural landmarks, and its museums.
  4. Haguenau: Known as Hagenau in German, it was the residence of the Hohenstaufen kings.
  5. Sélestat: Known as Schlettstadt in German, it hosts the Humanist Library, one of the oldest public libraries in the world.

Duchy of Zweibrücken:

  1. Zweibrücken: Known as Deux-Ponts in French, it is the namesake of the Duchy and known for its rose garden.
  2. Homburg: It was known for its fort, Hohenburg Castle.
  3. Kaiserslautern: Known for its rich history and the Palatinate Forest.
  4. Pirmasens: Known for its shoe manufacturing history.
  5. Landstuhl: Known for its historic castle, Nanstein Castle.

Bishopric of Speyer:

  1. Speyer: Known as Spira in Latin, it is famous for its cathedral, Speyer Cathedral.
  2. Heidelberg: Known for Heidelberg University, the oldest university in Germany.
  3. Mannheim: Known as Monnem in local dialect, it is notable for its grid layout and Mannheim Palace.
  4. Worms: Known for the Nibelungen saga and the Diet of Worms.
  5. Ludwigshafen: Known for its chemical industry.

Other notable locations in the region:

  1. Freiburg im Breisgau: Known for its medieval minster and gates.
  2. Karlsruhe: Known for its fan-like layout of streets and Karlsruhe Palace.
  3. Basel: Known for its location where the Swiss, French, and German borders meet.

(For brevity, the list has been shortened to 20 locations)

Notable boundaries and natural phenomena:

  • The Rhine River: A major European river that starts in the Swiss canton of Graubünden and empties into the North Sea.
  • The Vosges Mountains: A range of low mountains in eastern France, near its border with Germany.
  • The Black Forest: A mountainous region in southwest Germany, known for its dense, evergreen forests and picturesque villages.
  • The Palatinate Forest: The largest contiguous forest in Germany, located in the Palatinate region of Bavaria.
  • The Upper Rhine Plain: One of the major rift zones of the earth, has many old castles and is a major wine-growing area.

Notable historical events (1600-1690):

  • The Thirty Years' War (1618-1648): A major conflict that resulted in significant changes in the political landscape of the region.
  • The Franco-Dutch War (1672-1678): Resulted in France gaining further territories in the region.
  • The Nine Years' War (1688-1697): Often called the War of the Grand Alliance, it had significant battles fought in this region.

Please double check the images to make sure that a specific town or place is shown on this map. You can also get in touch and ask us to check the map for you.

This map looks great at all sizes: 12x16in (30.5x41cm), 16x20in (40.5x51cm), 18x24in (45.5x61cm), 24x30in (61x76cm), 32x40in (81.5x102cm), 40x50in (102x127cm), 48x60in (122x153cm) and 56x70in (142x178cm), but it looks even better when printed large.

I can create beautiful, large prints of this map up to 90in (229cm). Please get in touch if you're looking for larger, customised or different framing options.

The model in the listing images is holding the 16x20in (40.5x51cm) version of this map.

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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.

This map is available as a giclée print on acid free archival matte paper, or you can buy it framed. The frame is a nice, simple black frame that suits most aesthetics. Please get in touch if you'd like a different frame colour or material. My frames are glazed with super-clear museum-grade acrylic (perspex/acrylite), which is significantly less reflective than glass, safer, and will always arrive in perfect condition.

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My maps are extremely high quality reproductions of original maps.

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I have been asked hundreds of times over the years by customers if they could buy a map that looks even older.

Well, now you can, by selecting Aged before you add a map to your basket.

All the product photos you see on this page show the map in its Original form. This is what the map looks like today.

If you select Aged, I will age your map by hand, using a special and unique process developed through years of studying old maps, talking to researchers to understand the chemistry of aging paper, and of course... lots of practice!

If you're unsure, stick to the Original colour of the map. If you want something a bit darker and older looking, go for Aged.

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I use a unique process to restore my maps that is massively time consuming and labour intensive. Hunting down the original maps can take months. I use state of the art and eye-wateringly expensive technology to scan and restore the maps. As a result, I guarantee my maps are a cut above the rest - that's why I can offer a no-quibble refund.

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