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Coordinates: 48°02′31″N 7°08′05″E / 48.0419444444°N 7.13472222222°E / 48.0419444444; 7.13472222222

Commune of Munster, Haut-Rhin

Protestant Church
Location
Munster, Haut-Rhin is located in France
Munster, Haut-Rhin
Administration
Country France
Region Alsace
Department Haut-Rhin
Arrondissement Colmar
Canton Munster
Intercommunality Vallée de Munster
Mayor Pierre Dischinger
(2008–2014)
Statistics
Elevation 341–794 m (1,120–2,600 ft)
(avg. 380 m/1,200 ft)
Land area1 8.64 km2 (3.34 sq mi)
Population2 5,125  (2006)
 - Density 593 /km2 (1,540 /sq mi)
Miscellaneous
INSEE/Postal code 68226/ 68140
1 French Land Register data, which excludes lakes, ponds, glaciers > 1 km² (0.386 sq mi or 247 acres) and river estuaries.
2 Population sans doubles comptes: residents of multiple communes (e.g., students and military personnel) only counted once.

Munster (French pronunciation: [mɛ̃stɛʀ], German: Münster im Elsass) is a commune in the Haut-Rhin department in Alsace in north-eastern France.

It is located in a valley of the Vosges mountains about 15 kilometres west of Colmar on the D417 road to the Col de la Schlucht and Épinal.

The town's inhabitants are known in French as munstériens.

The site of a 7th century abbey or monastery, which gave the place its name, is famous for its cheese (the Munster cheese).

In the nearby village of Gunsbach, Albert Schweitzer grew up in the late 19th century, when the region was known as Elsaß-Lothringen (Alsace-Lorraine) and was part of the German Empire. The village was spelled "Günsbach". The town is home to the international Albert Schweitzer Association AISL.[1]

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