"Sometimes overlooked beautiful corner of France" Top 5 Page for this destination Alsace by rexvaughan

Alsace Travel Guide: 2,130 reviews and 6,761 photos

Beautiful country, wonderful cities

For me, Alsace has just about everything a traveler could want. The Wine Road is centered in Colmar and stretches through myriad lovely villages each with its own display of colorful cross-timbered architecture. The cuisine is somewhat unique as it tends to blend some of the best of French and German. The capital, Strasbourg, is a major European center housing both the European Parliament and the European Court of Justice and is peppered with picturesque canals and architecture and features a world-class cathedral. Colmar, if anything, may be even more picturesque with myriad canals, colorful architecture and the wonderful Unterlinden Museum. To top it all off, the locals here seem to all be friendly and helpful.

Friends here and there

We have visited Alsace twice and both trips were at least partly inspired by a friend in our town, a delightful young Alsatian woman who owns an Alsatian restaurant called, appropriately enough, Café Alsace which is our favorite place for dinner, lunch or Sunday brunch.

Grand history and ecology

On our first trip to Alsace, we stayed at a small hotel in Colmar and the second trip we stayed in the B’nB/Gite of a friend in the small town of Marckolsheim. We certainly enjoyed the cities of Colmar and Strasbourg, but also loved the small villages that dot the landscape and explored a few of those on the Route du Vin. Our plan for the Wine Road was pretty general, which allowed us to spend more time than planned in the small village (population about 600) of Hunawihr. We stopped for a sample of the Gewurztraminer, but had been drawn to the town by the picturesque church dominating the vineyard landscape. It turned out to be a small but magnificent 16th Century fortified church with an archway wall plaque displaying the history of the church. We also discovered a small but lovely butterfly center and a Stork Reintroduction Center where the almost depleted stork population is being brought back to life. Very important to folks here as the stork is a primary symbol of Alsace. Our brief stop turned into a half day exploration of Hunawihr.

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  • Pros:Great variety of things to enjoy
  • In a nutshell:Lush vineyards, lovely villages, great art
  • Last visit to Alsace: Oct 2012
  • Intro Updated Mar 29, 2013
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  • King_Golo's Profile Photo
    Jun 4, 2014 at 11:57 AM

    Great pages! Thanks for sharing.

  • Nemorino's Profile Photo
    Apr 4, 2013 at 2:48 PM

    Beautiful photos from your two visits to the Alsace! I’m glad you enjoyed your visits there and found such great places to stay and eat, and try the wine.

    • rexvaughan's Profile Photo
      Apr 4, 2013 at 5:07 PM

      Thanks, Don. We had a great time there and then spent a week in Germany as well. We met some of my wife's distant cousins and were received like visiting royalty.

  • balhannah's Profile Photo
    Dec 27, 2009 at 9:24 PM

    The Astronomical clock would be worth seeing. sounds like a nice area to visit.

  • Yaqui's Profile Photo
    Nov 8, 2008 at 6:25 PM

    I agree with Deecat! What a absolute delight! Something to be said about these wonderful villages or towns. They are little treasures that are undiscovered! Thanks for sharing!

  • SteveOSF's Profile Photo
    Aug 6, 2008 at 12:45 PM

    An excellent page. This looks like such a beautiful spot to visit.

  • Pawtuxet's Profile Photo
    Jun 19, 2008 at 5:29 AM

    Lovely town. We passed thru briefly and I'm sure we missed many wonderful things. The astrological clock is fascinating. Thanks for the view.

  • deecat's Profile Photo
    May 28, 2006 at 12:36 PM

    What a delight this must have been...the way I love to travel...some small villages, wine, surprises such as the butterflies and stork nests. I LOL about the "pork" incident.

  • mustertal's Profile Photo
    Apr 20, 2006 at 1:14 AM

    The Alsace is my favorite part of France. So many pretty villages.

  • VeronicaG's Profile Photo
    Dec 3, 2005 at 12:34 PM

    You must have been very patient and quick to get such gorgeous photos of the butterflies--and the storks---I would have loved to see them!!

  • BerniShand's Profile Photo
    Dec 10, 2004 at 2:29 PM

    finding places like Huniwahr is pure serendipity, but France is full of hidden treasures, come to England soon, l`ll show you round our ancient church, we have an angel ceiling you`d love. Wonderful page Rex

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