Although wars have ravaged Cernay several times, the streets in the town centre have nevertheless retained the square layout of the old town, inside the old ramparts. Apart from the vestiges of several corner towers, the best preserved medieval monument is the High Gate or Thann Gate, now housed in the historical museum. You can visit it to learn particularly about military history, religious art and the 19 th century textile industry. On leave the Porte-Haute Museum, the “historical red band” itinerary shows you some of the most interesting aspects of the town’s architecture. The Luclle courtyard is a marvellous evocation of medieval times, when te Sungau Abbey profited its large amount od property in the region. Marshal Shönbeck’s town house in the street “des Moulins, where the Sun King stayed 16 th century lintels, and tomb stones bearing coats of arms from the same period decorate the Church, rebuilt 70 years ago. Finally, amongst the curiosities, there is the “Grand Bon Dieu” , a colossal 4.3 Metre high crucifix, dating from the 17V century which can be seen ay Cernay church.
Cernay, city of Storks. If Cernay goes by this name, is not so much because it has one of the biggest parks devoted to reintroduction Alsace’s legendary symbol, bur more because in dialect, the inhabitants are known as “Storcka”, the storks!