“Howl’s Moving Castle”: Market Chipping (Ribeauvillé, France)

Yes, my people, I have returned after a two-month absence! D:

Anyway, we return to another colorful town in France–Ribeauvillé, this time! Hayao Miyazaki, himself, was said to be inspired by it, so we know the comparisons are spot-on this time.

So, to refresh fans of the movie or to introduce those of you who haven’t seen it, here is the protagonist’s hometown (where the fateful encounter with the wizard, Howl, begins!), Market Chipping:



concept art, I believe?:


Now, for Ribeauvillé!

(a smattering of pictures in no particular order)


(from Wikipedia)

ribeauville-riquewihr.com (market chipping)






1 Comment (+add yours?)

  1. Madhav
    Nov 26, 2016 @ 13:49:23

    Thanks for this post! I found it while looking for the real life inspiration for the city of Market Chipping in Miyazaki’s film. Without the mountains in the background, it could have been any European city that has a river flowing through it. Now if only I get a chance to visit Ribeauvillé!



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