Musée de la Batellerie Offendorf

Au coeur d'un village de pêcheurs: la péniche Cabro
Photo: Etienne Pommois

Offendorf, a village full of flowers, is located on the west bank of the Rhine River. The discovery of a three-centuries old river boat testifies to the fact the men have worked on the river for generations. The correction works done on the Rhine River in the first half of the 19th century accelerated its flow, forcing the men to transport their goods on the canals instead. The most famous bargeman was undoubtedly Joseph Zilliox, a hero and great patriot of WWI, executed by the Germans in 1917. The regulation works performed in the 20th century made the river navigable again. In 1960 there were as many as 600 people who worked for the water inland transport, that is one third of the total population of the village. With transport by road and rail now prevailing, there were only 4 men working on the river in 2000. Built in 1931, the barge called CABRO (from the initials of the Association responsible for the Museum: Cercle Amical des Bateliers Réunis d'Offendorf) has been saved from the scrapyard and converted into a museum. You will discover the joys and obligations of life on the water, the everyday life on board, the evolution of techniques, the loading& and the need to find another job, a real heartbreaking experience. Passionate guides recall the life of bygone days. Get on board for a visual trip!

Additional information
  • Altitude : 127m
  • Distance to the nearest station (km) : 4
  • Price advantages :
    • Free for children (age limit) : 12
    • Group (minimum number of people) : 5
  • Type of visits proposed : Free visit, Guided tour for individuals with reservation, Guided tour for groups, Guided tour for groups with reservation
  • Languages spoken : French, German, Alsacien

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