Wine-lovers, outdoor enthusiasts and history buffs rejoice. Alsace is a territory that has changed hands too many times between France and Germany, and it has something to offer to everyone. Here are our favorites.
1. Bergheim is a delightful, flowered village and, in our eyes, the epitome of Alsatian charm with its picturesque, half-timbered homes, striking town gate and ideal location along the Route des Vins.
2. The Haut-Koenigsbourg Castle – Though the original 12th century castle was destroyed and rebuilt, it adheres faithfully to the architecture of the time.
3. The Strasbourg Cathedral – Over 1000 years old, this sky-scraping cathedral is a must-see UNESCO World Heritage site built in red sandstone, making it unique among France’s gothic churches. Try to aim to visit around 12:30 when there is a daily show of the astronomical clock’s dancing figures.
4. Strasbourg’s Petite France was once the Tanner’s district. Now it is a romantic and charming district, especially when lit up at night, with half-timbered houses and canals.
5. The Alsace-Moselle Memorial is a fascinating museum devoted to WWII but also to the history of Alsace being traded back and forth between France and Germany.
6. Colmar – This little town is steeped in history and charm (i.e. Petite Venise). The Unterlinden Museum possesses the masterpiece known as the Isenheim Altarpiece.
7. Gastronomical wonders include Tarte Flambée,Choucroute, Baeckeoffe, Munster cheese and MORE.
8. Neuf-Brisach is an amazing walled citadel and France’s least-known UNESCO World Heritage Site.
9. Wine-tasting – Of course! They don’t call our main area the Route des Vins for nothing, but the route also has many charming must-visit towns like Ribeauvillé and Riquewihr.
10. Eguisheim – Considered by the French themselves (in a 2013 poll) to be their favorite village and always at the top of lists of France’s most beautiful villages.
11. Mont St. Odile, an 8th century convent founded by the patron saint of Alsace, St Odile. It is located in the Vosges mountains. Great for a hike and you can find the remains of a Celtic fort and what’s called the Pagan Wall as well.
12. The EcoMusée is among several great museums in the lesser-known city of Mulhouse. It is fascinating, basically an outdoor Alsatian village museum with authentic Alsatian buildings that have been moved and restored and includes farmers, farm animals, blacksmiths and musicians as they were.
13. The Stork Park in Hunawihr is great for kids and adults.
14. The Beauvillé linen factory in Ribeauvillé is renowned for its beautiful prints.
Enjoy all of these and more from your Alsace vacation rental on an Untour vacation. Bon voyage!