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Subprefecture and commune
Historic centre of Altkirch.
Historic centre of Altkirch.
Coat of arms of Altkirch
Coat of arms
Country France
Region Grand Est
Department Haut-Rhin
Arrondissement Altkirch
Canton Altkirch
Intercommunality Altkirch et Environs
Area1 9.54 km2 (3.68 sq mi)
Population (2014) 5,738
 • Density 601.5/km2 (1,557.8/sq mi)
Demonym(s) Altkirchois
Time zone CET (UTC+01:00)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+02:00)
INSEE/Postal code 68004 /68130
Elevation 274–392 m (899–1,286 ft)
(avg. 333 m or 1,093 ft)
1 French Land Register data, which excludes lakes, ponds, glaciers > 1 km2 (0.386 sq mi or 247 acres) and river estuaries.

Altkirch is a commune in Alsace in north-eastern France, in the Haut-Rhin department, of which it is a subprefecture. It is in the Grand Est region. Its name comes from the German Alte Kirche ("old church").


Altkirch is in the south of the Haut-Rhin department. The Ill river, a left tributary of the Rhine river, flows through the commune.

It has an area of 9.5 km2 (3.7 sq mi). Its average altitude is 333 m (1,093 ft); at the city hall, the altitude is 290 m (950 ft).

The distances from Altkirch to other cities are:

Altkirch and its neighboring communes
Map of the commune of Altkirch

The commune of Altkirch is surrounded by the communes:


The climate of Altkirch, in the Köppen climate classification, is Cfb - Oceanic climate with template summers.


The inhabitants of Altkirch are known, in French, as Altkirchois (women: Altkirchoises).

With a population of 5,738, Altkirch has a population density of 601 inhabitants/km2.

Evolution of the population in Altkirch


Altkirch is a subprefecture in the Haut-Rhin department since 1800. It is the capital of the Altkirch arrondissement and is also the administrative centre (French: chef-lieu) of the canton of Altkirch formed by 64 communes, with 47,552 inhabitants (2014).

Twin towns

Altkirch is twinned with:


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