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Nearby Riquewihr is listed as another of the Most beautiful villages in France.
Unlike most of the villages and towns in Alsace, Riquewihr was barely affected by the destructions of the many wars that have taken place in this region. An exceptionally preserved heritage makes of it the most visited of the towns in the Route of the Alsatian Wines. Thus, ten times more visitors as there are inhabitants can usually be found wandering in the streets of Riquewihr during weekends and holiday periods. The presence of coach parties in Alsace is, however, not as overwhelming as in other areas and most of the visitors are families and couples who fill the town a great festive atmosphere. If you still prefer more relaxed places and do not want to miss the great historical landmarks that Riquewihr has to offer, then you should opt for visiting during weekdays and preferably out of Summer.
Riquewihr owes its current prosperity to its exceptional location: the town is located at the bottom of a valley with a special microclimate which favours the vineyard culture, as the Schoenberg Mountain protects it from the North Winds. In addition, its isolation among hills and the difficulty to access it in earlier ages was indeed one of the reasons which spared the town from destruction during wars.
The Square of the Three Churches can be considered as the centre of the old town, full of the typical Alsatian half-timbered buildings and traversed from East to West by the broad and pedestrian General De Gaulle Street. The entire town is surrounded by the Medieval fortifications in which the main gate, known as Dolter remains as the landmark of the town. It is located on the upper entrance of Riquewihr, with a high belfry (pictured here) which served as watch-tower.
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