Old Map of Upper Alsace, Breisgau & Sundgau by Visscher, 1690: Basel, Freiburg im Breisgau, Colmar, Mulhouse, Jurapark Aargau
Old Map of Upper Alsace, Breisgau & Sundgau by Visscher, 1690: Basel, Freiburg im Breisgau, Colmar, Mulhouse, Jurapark Aargau
Old Map of Upper Alsace, Breisgau & Sundgau by Visscher, 1690: Basel, Freiburg im Breisgau, Colmar, Mulhouse, Jurapark Aargau
Old Map of Upper Alsace, Breisgau & Sundgau by Visscher, 1690: Basel, Freiburg im Breisgau, Colmar, Mulhouse, Jurapark Aargau

Old Map of Upper Alsace, Breisgau & Sundgau by Visscher, 1690: Basel, Freiburg im Breisgau, Colmar, Mulhouse, Jurapark Aargau

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Indulge in the captivating allure of history and cartography with our exquisite offering, a map crafted by the eminent Nicolaes Visscher II in 1690. The map, titled 'Superioris Alsatiae nec non Brisigaviae et Suntgaviae Geographica Tabula', translates to 'Geographical Map of Upper Alsace and Breisgau and Sundgau: in which the underlying territories are distinctly shown'. This intricate piece of artistry beautifully captures the essence of the regions of Upper Alsace, Breisgau, and Sundgau, areas that today lie within the borders of modern France and Germany.

This map offers a fascinating glimpse into the past, detailing the political divisions and regional nuances of the late 17th century. It is a testament to the cartographic precision of the Dutch Golden Age, an era that witnessed the rise of some of the world's finest mapmakers. The map displays several significant cities such as Basel, Freiburg im Breisgau, Colmar, and Mulhouse, along with the natural reserve Jurapark Aargau.

The map is adorned with a hand-colored outline, a testament to the painstaking attention to detail and craftsmanship of the period. It meticulously illustrates administrative boundaries, towns, fortifications, forests, waterways, canals, and landmarks. The decorative title cartouche, compass rose, and legend add to the map's aesthetic appeal, while the relief shown pictorially provides a three-dimensional perspective to the geographical features.

This historical artifact is more than just a map; it's a window into the past, a snapshot of a time when these regions were the center of political and cultural activities. Whether you're a history enthusiast, a lover of cartography, or simply someone who appreciates the beauty of intricate craftsmanship, this map is a treasure trove of geographical and historical insights. Its rich details and historical significance make it a valuable addition to any collection or a perfect gift for the discerning connoisseur.

Some of the significant locations shown on this map:

Upper Alsace:

  1. Colmar: Known as Kolmar during the period, it was an important center for trade and a free imperial city in the Holy Roman Empire.
  2. Mulhouse: Known as Mülhausen, it was a free imperial city famous for its thriving textile industry.
  3. Haguenau: Known as Hagenau, it was the site of several imperial diets of the Holy Roman Empire.
  4. Wissembourg: Known as Weißenburg, it was a significant religious center with a large Benedictine abbey.
  5. Sélestat: Known as Schlettstadt, it was home to the Humanist Library, one of the earliest public libraries in Europe.
  6. Thann: Known for the late-Gothic Thann Church, a pilgrimage site.
  7. Guebwiller: Known as Gebweiler, it was a major wine-producing area.
  8. Rouffach: Known as Rufach, it was a significant wine trading town.
  9. Kaysersberg: Known for its strategic location on a trade route and its imperial castle.
  10. Ribeauvillé: Known as Rappoltsweiler, it was the seat of the Lords of Ribeaupierre.


  1. Freiburg im Breisgau: Known for its university founded in 1457, one of the oldest and most respected in Germany.
  2. Emmendingen: Known as a center for the iron industry.
  3. Lahr: Known as Lahr/Schwarzwald, it was a significant center for clock-making.
  4. Offenburg: Known for its strategic location on the Kinzig river and as a free imperial city.
  5. Waldkirch: Known for its organ-building industry.
  6. Ettenheim: Known for its Baroque architecture.
  7. Breisach: Known as a major wine-growing region.
  8. Neuenburg am Rhein: Known for its fortress.
  9. Bad Krozingen: Known for its thermal springs.
  10. Staufen im Breisgau: Known for its gypsum deposits.


  1. Altkirch: Known as the capital of Sundgau.
  2. Ferrette: Known for the Castle of Ferrette, the oldest in Alsace.
  3. Thann: Known for its late-Gothic church, a pilgrimage site.
  4. Sierentz: Known for its strategic location on the Rhine river.
  5. Huningue: Known for its Vauban-designed fortress.
  6. Hégenheim: Known for its early Protestant church.
  7. Blotzheim: Known for its agricultural production.
  8. Mulhouse: Known as Mülhausen, it was a free imperial city famous for its thriving textile industry.
  9. Rouffach: Known as Rufach, it was a significant wine trading town.
  10. Guebwiller: Known as Gebweiler, it was a major wine-producing area.

Notable natural attractions:

  • Rhine River: The major waterway forming the eastern boundary of Alsace.
  • Black Forest: A large forested mountain range in Breisgau.
  • Vosges Mountains: A range of low mountains in Alsace.
  • Kaiserstuhl: A range of hills in Breisgau known for its vineyards.
  • Jurapark Aargau: A nature park in Sundgau.

Historical events:

  • Thirty Years' War (1618-1648): This devastating conflict affected the entire region, leading to significant demographic and economic changes.
  • Treaty of Westphalia (1648): The treaty ended the Thirty Years' War and resulted in significant territorial changes in the region.
  • Franco-Dutch War (1672-1678): This war resulted in the further annexation of parts of Alsace by France.

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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.

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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.

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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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