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A subservient village
The village of Orschwiller extends on the border between Haut-Rhin and Bas-Rhin departments. The wine-growing locality still shelters medieval houses and a 17th-century forge. According to a tax office, the villagers already paid taxes to the Fugger family from Augsburg at the beginning of the century. They were also subjected to chores and had to collect stones for several weeks in anticipation of the assault of the Swedish armies during the Thirty Years' War (1618-1648). The siege lasted 52 days in 1633 before the Haut-Koenigsbourg castle, overlooking the village, fell.
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