OUR HOTEL IS NEAR COLMAR,
IN THE CENTRE OF TURCKHEIM
Discover our charming hotel in Alsace, close to Colmar, in Turckheim. Our 3-star establishment offers rooms boasting refined decor. The Hôtel des Deux Clefs is the ideal place to make the most of your stay, as a couple or a family
Historic 15th-century residence in Turckheim
In the heart of Turckheim, the Hôtel des Deux Clefs is housed in a beautiful romantic residence that dates from the Renaissance. Built in the 15th century, it is a listed Historic Monument.
The sculpted dragon above the oriel window at no. 3 rue du Conseil has watched over the amazing life of the Deux Clefs, along with the allegorical figures of Temperance and Faith.
From 1540, this village inn took on the name “Statthof zum Schwartzen Adler”: “of the Black Eagle”. It kept this name until the French Revolution.
When Alsace became French, the inn was renamed “Aux Deux Clefs”, in reference to the two-headed eagle, the symbol of the Holy Roman Empire. For the people of Alsace, the name refers to the keys to the past and future.
This location is truly steeped in history.
The inn was renovated for the first time in 1620, by Hans Uda, a carpenter and famous craftsman from Lorraine whose wife was burnt in 1628 after being accused of witchcraft.
Boasting oriel windows and sculpted lintels, the opulent half-timbered house was frequented by distinguished guests, delegates of the Décapole (a group of ten towns in Alsace that included Turckheim as of 1354) and rich wine merchants, often from Switzerland.
An important stopover on the Camino de Santiago (Way of St James), it is marked by a relief carving of a seashell, which can still be seen by pilgrims today.
The inn was then sold for a sum of 1000 florins to Johann Fischer and later became the property of the Schubnel family for four generations.
The inn was visited by a number of illustrious people including Hortense de Mancini, the niece of Cardinal Mazarin, who stayed in room 3.
Other prestigious guests of the establishment include Dr Albert Schweitzer, Maréchal De Lattre de Tassigny, Général Leclerc and Général de Gaulle.
Still today, numerous celebrities from the world of showbiz continue to visit the “Aux Deux Clefs”.
And each year, from 1 May to 31 October, from 10 pm, the town’s night watchman recounts the legends of the historic buildings and streets of Turckheim – a former Imperial town with three gates – which is home to the “Aux Deux Clefs” inn, one of its remarkable buildings.