Wissembourg (german Weißenburg) is a small town (population 8,173) situated on the border between France and Germany, in the Alsace region of France, approximately 60 km north of Strasbourg. Wissembourg is a sous-préfecture of the Bas-Rhin département''.


Founded in the 7th century following the foundation of a Benedictine abbey, the town grew in stature as a result of the work of the monk Otfried, who had translated the epistles into popular language.

The town was fortified in the 13th century, and was annexed by France under Louis XIV in 1678.