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Nestled in northeastern France, Alsace captivates with its enchanting blend of old-world charm, picturesque landscapes, and rich cultural heritage. Discover a land where French and German influences intertwine, reflected in its cuisine, architecture, and traditions. Explore the allure of Alsace, where history resonates through cobblestone streets, inviting travelers to immerse themselves in a captivating fusion of elegance, gastronomy, and scenery.

Our Favorite Alsace Tours

Essence of Alsace - Colmar & Wine

4 Days | Luxury | From $4,299 pp
Discover the enchanting beauty of Alsace with our 4-day immersive experience: Explore the exquisite town of Colmar, featuring its historic center, and iconic landmarks such as St. Martin's Church and ...
History & Culture, Wine & Food

Experience the Enchanting Charms of Strasbourg!

5 Days | Premium | From $2,599 pp
You will begin your stay with a guided tour of Strasbourg. Its city center is the first to be a UNESCO world heritage site. Stroll through picturesque alleyways and admire the quintessential ...
History & Culture, Wine & Food

Gourmet Delights in the Heart of Alsace

5 Days | Luxury | From $4,799 pp
Indulge in the charm and flavors of Alsace with our 5-day gourmet getaway. Begin your stay by immersing yourself in the Alsatian specialities with a gourmet walking tour of Strasbourg. Later that ...
History & Culture, Wine & Food

Alsace's Cultural and Culinary Journey

4 Days | Excellence | From $5,599 pp
Experience the essence of Alsace in 4 Days- Begin your journey with a private visit to Haut-Koenigsbourg castle, delving into its architectural marvels and historical significance. This visit will ...
History & Culture, Wine & Food

Alsace in Depth

Get to Know Alsace

The Alsace Lorraine Vosges region is located in north-eastern France and is famous for its wine, its colorful half-timbered houses, and its castles which sit enthroned on the summits of the Vosges mountains. The major towns in the region such as Nancy, Metz, Strasbourg, and Colmar have their own character and are a good starting point to start discovering the region. Nancy is the most typically French: elegant, classical, and home to a major Art Nouveau school. The beautiful square, Place Stanislas, has been declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Metz’s architecture is more varied, with Roman, medieval, and German influences visible: the St Etienne cathedral is the main attraction. Strasbourg is larger than either of these towns and much more cosmopolitan, but its half-timbered houses and numerous winstubs (wine bars) retain a traditional feel. Further south, Colmar houses the celebrated Issenheim Altarpiece and the canal district nicknamed, inevitably, Little Venice. The region boasts a multitude of museums with the real museum capital of Alsace being Mulhouse. There, you can find the fabulous National Automobile Museum which has more than 500 vintage cars, including the impossibly expensive Bugatti Royale, manufactured up the road in Molsheim. Also, in the region, you can find crystal-making companies such as Baccarat and Daum still producing wonderful pieces. With regard to viticulture, there are seven official grape varieties: riesling; gewürztraminer, sylvaner, pinot blanc, tokay pinot gris, muscat d’Alsace, and pinot noir.  The Route des Vins from Marlenheim to Thann passes right through Alsace, taking in a succession of picturesque villages, such as Ribeauvillé, Riquewihr, and Kaysersberg past low vine-covered hills and castle-topped crags. Alsace is renowned throughout Europe for its food, with visitors coming on gastronomy tours especially to enjoy the ubiquitous choucroute, bäeckeoffe (three-meat stew), and kougelhopf (a round almond and raisin sweet bread). Munster cheese is best bought in one of the farms around the town of the same name.

History

Alsace boasts a storied history steeped in a captivating blend of influences and conflicts that have shaped its unique identity. Situated at the crossroads of Europe, this region has been coveted and contested throughout the ages, bearing witness to the passage of Celts, Romans, Franks, and Germans. Its strategic location along the Rhine River has rendered it a prized territory, leading to a tug-of-war between France and Germany over centuries. The rich tapestry of Alsace’s past is reflected in its architecture, language, and traditions, where remnants of Roman settlements, medieval castles, and stunning Gothic cathedrals stand as testaments to its diverse heritage. Despite the turmoil of wars and changing borders, Alsace has emerged as a resilient cultural mosaic, embracing both French and German influences while fostering a distinct Alsatian identity, celebrated in its art, cuisine, and warm hospitality.

Cuisine

Alsace is renowned for its exquisite cuisine and world-class wines, both integral parts of its cultural heritage. The region’s culinary scene delights in a fusion of French and German influences, offering a delectable array of dishes that tantalize the taste buds. From the iconic flammekueche (Alsatian pizza) to hearty choucroute garnie (sauerkraut with sausages and meats), the cuisine showcases a rich tapestry of flavors and ingredients sourced from local farms and vineyards. Alsatian wines stand as jewels in the crown of the region’s gastronomy, with crisp Rieslings, aromatic Gewürztraminers, and elegant Pinot Noirs commanding global acclaim. The vine-covered hillsides of Alsace produce some of the finest white wines in the world, characterized by their exquisite balance and unique expressions of terroir. Visitors can savor these culinary delights at charming winstubs (wine taverns) or Michelin-starred restaurants, where each bite and sip embodies the essence of Alsace’s rich culinary heritage.

When To Visit Alsace:

Alsace enchants visitors year-round, but the ideal times to explore this picturesque region are from April to June and September to October. Spring blooms bring vibrant colors to the vineyards and countryside, while fall dazzles with the grape harvest season, offering a chance to experience the lively atmosphere of the vendange. These seasons boast pleasant weather, with milder temperatures, fewer tourists, and opportunities to witness local festivals celebrating Alsace’s culture. Summer, especially July to August, marks the high season when the region is bustling with visitors enjoying outdoor activities and events amidst warmer weather. Winter, from November to March, blankets Alsace in a serene atmosphere and occasional snow, creating a magical ambiance ideal for exploring festive Christmas markets and enjoying cozy winstubs. Whether embracing the vibrancy of harvest or the charm of snowy landscapes, Alsace beckons visitors throughout the year to experience its varied delights.

Logistics:

By plane: Strasbourg Airport serves as a gateway to Alsace, connecting to various European cities.

By train: High-speed TGV trains link Strasbourg to Paris in around 2 hours and 20 minutes, providing a convenient transportation option.

By car: Driving to Alsace from Paris takes approximately 4-5 hours, allowing travelers to explore the picturesque countryside and charming villages along the way.

Experience Alsace

Alsace Wine Route

Embark on a picturesque journey along the Alsace Wine Route, a scenic trail that winds through charming vineyards, picturesque villages, and historic towns. Sample world-renowned wines such as Riesling, Gewürztraminer, and Pinot Gris while ... Show More »Embark on a picturesque journey along the Alsace Wine Route, a scenic trail that winds through charming vineyards, picturesque villages, and historic towns. Sample world-renowned wines such as Riesling, Gewürztraminer, and Pinot Gris while ...

Embark on a picturesque journey along the Alsace Wine Route, a scenic trail that winds through charming vineyards, picturesque villages, and historic towns. Sample world-renowned wines such as Riesling, Gewürztraminer, and Pinot Gris while exploring family-owned wineries and cellars. The route not only offers a delightful gastronomic experience but also showcases the region’s stunning landscapes and rich viticultural traditions.

Petite France, Strasbourg

Lose yourself in the enchanting district of Petite France in Strasbourg, characterized by its cobblestone streets, timber-framed houses, and scenic canals. This historic neighborhood, a UNESCO World Heritage site, exudes charm and tranquility. ... Show More »Lose yourself in the enchanting district of Petite France in Strasbourg, characterized by its cobblestone streets, timber-framed houses, and scenic canals. This historic neighborhood, a UNESCO World Heritage site, exudes charm and tranquility. ...

Lose yourself in the enchanting district of Petite France in Strasbourg, characterized by its cobblestone streets, timber-framed houses, and scenic canals. This historic neighborhood, a UNESCO World Heritage site, exudes charm and tranquility. Admire the half-timbered buildings adorned with colorful flowers, stroll along the waterways, and savor Alsatian cuisine at charming local eateries. The area’s blend of history, architecture, and scenic beauty makes it a must-visit destination in Alsace.

Little Venice, Colmar

Immerse yourself in the fairytale-like ambiance of La Petite Venise in Colmar, often referred to as “Little Venice.” This picturesque quarter is characterized by its charming canals, colorful half-timbered houses, and flower-lined ... Show More »Immerse yourself in the fairytale-like ambiance of La Petite Venise in Colmar, often referred to as “Little Venice.” This picturesque quarter is characterized by its charming canals, colorful half-timbered houses, and flower-lined ...

Immerse yourself in the fairytale-like ambiance of La Petite Venise in Colmar, often referred to as “Little Venice.” This picturesque quarter is characterized by its charming canals, colorful half-timbered houses, and flower-lined streets reminiscent of a storybook setting. Visitors can take a leisurely boat ride along the canals to admire the enchanting scenery or explore the narrow alleys on foot, discovering quaint cafes, artisanal shops, and historic landmarks. La Petite Venise exudes a romantic and whimsical atmosphere that captivates visitors throughout the year.

Alsace Christmas Markets

Experience the magic of the renowned Christmas markets that adorn various towns and cities across Alsace during the holiday season. These markets, known for their festive spirit and enchanting atmosphere, offer an array of traditional crafts, local ... Show More »Experience the magic of the renowned Christmas markets that adorn various towns and cities across Alsace during the holiday season. These markets, known for their festive spirit and enchanting atmosphere, offer an array of traditional crafts, local ...

Experience the magic of the renowned Christmas markets that adorn various towns and cities across Alsace during the holiday season. These markets, known for their festive spirit and enchanting atmosphere, offer an array of traditional crafts, local delicacies, and seasonal decorations. Strasbourg’s Christkindelsmärik, one of the oldest and most famous Christmas markets in Europe, showcases the region’s Christmas traditions amidst beautifully decorated stalls and twinkling lights. Visitors can indulge in mulled wine, gingerbread, handcrafted ornaments, and other delights while soaking in the merry ambiance and joyful celebrations that define the Alsace Christmas markets.

Favorite Hotels

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Grand Hôtel Bristol Colmar

4-Star Hotel
Luxury

Hotel Regent Petite France

5-Star Hotel
Luxury

Le Domaine de la Klauss Hotel Spa

5-Star Hotel
Luxury

Chateau de l Ile

5-Star Hotel
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Hôtel d'Haussonville

4-Star Hotel
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Les Haras

4-Star Hotel

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