One of the best ways to explore Alsace is to follow the Wine Route. This way, we experience everything that is most beautiful in Alsace – wonderful landscapes, beautiful towns, cuisine and of course wines! Alsace is the kingdom of white wines, and Riesling is a very popular one.
The trail marks the Route des Vins (Alsatian Wine Route) between Marlenheim in the north and Thann in the south – a total of 180 km. There are several towns along the wine route. Coming from Strasbourg to the south, it is worth visiting the most beautiful ones, drink some wine, delight with charming architecture and a view of grape fields.
Here are just a few of the beautiful Alsatian towns.
Until now Obernai has preserved an extremely picturesque old town in which you can find many historic buildings. The most important of them include one of the city’s symbols – the over 60-meter bell tower (Kappelturm), the Renaissance town hall building (Hôtel de Ville), or the Renaissance Well of Six Buckets (Puits à six
Interestingly, Obernai has one of the largest breweries in Europe. Every year, nearly 7.5 million hl of beer is being produced here!
Riquewihr, like most Alsatian towns, is surrounded by vineyards. You can enter the city through the town hall gate and feel like in a fairy tale with gingerbread houses. Every detail is charming, the houses are colourful and decorated with painted shutters and bright flowers.
Kaysersberg was chosen by the French as their favourite city in 2017 and we now understand why. Surrounded by grape terraces, the town is truly magical. Gingerbread houses, cobbled streets and restaurants, where they serve wine from nearby vineyards, take your heart
Apart from the lovely towns, there are other attractions near the Wine Route.
The castle was situated on a hill (460 meters above sea level) from which there is a beautiful view of the vast fields of Alsace and the Vosges mountains. Thanks to its strategic location, the castle gained the name of so-called “Eye of Alsace”. The cost of admission is EUR 9.
Mont Sainte-Odile Monastery
La Montagne des Singes
La Montagne des Singes is home to 200 macaques that move freely across an area of 20 acres. Here they can be observed in a habitat very close to natural. The cost of admission is EUR 9.
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