The origin of the village goes back to the foundation of Baumgarten Abbey in 1125.
The first inhabitants built their houses in the little valley to the north of the abbey.
In 1525 the «Peasant's war»broke out. The abbey was completely destroyed by the peasants who struggled for more freedom and justice. Later the stones of the ruins were used by the inhabitants for the construction of their houses. The oldest houses date back to 1650, after the 30 years war during which the Swedes and the French destroyed most of Alsace and killed lots of its inhabitants.
First called«Bernhardsweiler» ; which means «St Bernard's hamlet», The name first chanes to «Bernardswiller»and finaly, after the 2nd world war, to Bernardvillé because the names which sounded German had to become French.
The village church owes its famous organ to the organ factory "Stier-Mockers" and its unique side altars to a German wood carver called Mathias Faller.
Holidaymakers, who've discovered this tiny village appreciate its peace and enjoy its beautiful surroundings.
Géography from Bernardvillé,
Bernardvillé is nestled at the bottom of a picturesque valley surrounded by vineyards and woods.
First the valley looks west, facing the «Ungersberg»(alt.901 m)then makes a u turn towards the plain of Alsace. Situated in Strasbourg, the village is only half an hour from Colmar to the south and half an hour from Strasgourg to the north-east. Remarquable places like " Mount Ste Odile" or the mediaeval castle of "Haut-Koenigsbourg" are only twenty minutes away by car. Bernardvillé is quite near the Wine Road. This central position in Alsace enables the visitors to reach easily lots of remarkable and well known places.
In our area you'll be able to walk, or ride a bicycle or a mountain bike along well marked tracks in the vineyards, in the forest or through colorful little villages along the Wine Road.