5 things not to miss in Alsace France

Every town in Alsace France is like a postcard, beautifully coloured house’s small streams and stalks nesting on roofs. Alsace towns make you feel like you are stepping into a 1600’s canvas painted by one of the masters. Colours and designs hit you from all directions. You drive through the countryside and you see miles and miles of grapes and produce growing as far as the eye can see. It is an amazing area on the French/ Geman Border. Wine and produce are the order of the day or week when visiting Alsace region. Some of the finest wines in the world come from this Region. I have purposely left Strasbourg and Colmar out of this list as I see articles regarding them everywhere.Strasbourg and Comar are beautiful towns and are a must see. I have focused more on the lesser known towns and attractions in Alsace. We think these 5 things not to miss in Alsace are amazing attractions in this region. Visit Alsace for all the finest things in France


Alsace Facts:

Alsace region has a population estimated at 1,817,000

Alsace is the smallest région of metropolitan France. It is almost four times longer than it is wide

Alsace borders Germany on the north and the east, also Switzerland on to south border, and Lorraine on the west.

Alsace was part of the Holy Roman Empire and is still inhabited by people speaking a dialect of Upper German.


Visit Alsace – Chateau Haut Koenigsbourg


Chateau Haut Koenigsbourg sits up on its mountains at an altitude of 800 meters like a king overlooking his kingdom. This king had a 270-degree view over all his lands and can see any challengers coming from miles away. The view reaches as far as the black forest in Baden Wattenberg Germany. These days all that is surveyed is tourist streaming up the roads of the Vosges Mountains that lead to Chateau Haut Koenigsbourg. Chateau Haut Koenigsbourg through the centuries has fallen under the banner of the Habsburgs and Wilhelm II the last of the German Emperors. We opted to for a self-guided tour with an audio guide so we could explore at our own pace. Koenigsbourg has 3 levels to explore on your self-guided tour. Take your time to stroll the castle some of the views are amazing. We took 2 plus hours to wander the castle but much longer could be spent without time restrictions. The castle has a restaurant, souvenir shop and toilets on site. Click HERE for a more detailed article on our visit to Chateau Haut Koenigsbourg.

Visit Keonigsbourg as a part of an Alsace highlights day tour.

Experience the beauty of the Alsace region on a day tour from Strasbourg. Visit Colmar and Eguisheim. Stop at a typical Alsatian winery for a tasting session. Explore the fortified town of Riquewirh and follow the Wine Route to Haut Koenigsbourg Castle. This full day tour leaves from STRASBOURG.

For more information and booking click HERE.


 Alsace Travel – Kaysersberg


Kayserberg is located between Colmar and Ribeauville. Kayserberg is generally considered to be one of the most attractive small towns in the Alsace region. The ruins of Chateau de Kaysersbergs sits on a hill on the outskirts overlooking this amazing little town. The chateau was built in the 13th century when an important trade route used to pass through this valley. This route has been protected since Roman times. The town sits in a valley with hills full of grapes raising around it. The Weiss river runs through the town. You cross over the river on a beautiful 16th century stone bridge which adds more charm to this already mesmerising picturesque town. The main street is full of amazing colourful wood and stone houses dating back to the 16th century. The Keyserberg Christmas markets rank among the most popular in Alsace. Kaysersberg features on the Alsace Wine Route. The wine route plays a bog part in  Alsace tourisme The wine route is popular with many tourists as it passes through many picturesque villages and vineyards that cover the hills of this region of France.


 Alsace France – Montagne Les Singes

5 things not to miss in Alsace

La Montagne des Singes is home to 200 Barbary Macaques. A 60-acre reservation on a mountainside in France is a strange place to find monkeys I must agree. This is an amazing sanctuary for these animals. The Barbary Macaques is listed as an endangered species by the Untied Nations. La Montagne des Singes is playing its part in the conservation and breeding of these monkeys. Since the reservation has been in use 600 of its Barbary Macaques have been re-introduced back into their natural habitat in northern Africa. The sanctuary allows the monkey to freely roam the area. When you enter you are given popcorn to feed the monkeys. The monkey will come and take the popcorn from your hand. It’s an amazing experience to be able to get this close to these animals. It’s a unique experience to walk the park and see babies and families of these beautiful animals up close. There are workers present throughout the park who are happy to answer your questions. Click HERE for an expanded article on La Montagne des Singes

Family Travel Tip: Make sure you look up the times for the feeding of the monkeys. The park staff put on a presentation and a question and answer time while feeding the monkeys. The kids will love this as nearly all the 200 monkeys in the park converge on the one place.

5 things not to miss in Alsace – Ribeauville

5 things not to miss in Alsace

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Ribeauville has an amazing main shopping street, maybe the best in the Alsace region. The Grand Rue is a narrow street that winds it was up a slight incline while featuring a castle on a hill that always sits in your line of sight. There is 3 castle on the hills that surround Ribeauville. Chateau Saint-Ulrich, Chateau Ginsberg and Chateau Haut-Ribeaupierre all overlook the town. There is marked walking trails that lead from the town that passes all three castles. The street is filled with boutique shops selling the best produce of the Alsace region. Beer, Wine from grand cru vineyards of alsace, meats, cheese, fruit, and vegetables along with handicrafts are readily available. Along with the other towns, I have mentioned Ribeauville has an abundance of beautiful houses and building that will have to reach for the camera. Ribeauville has preserved some of its medieval fortifications part of the town walls and watch towers are still standing today. Ribeauville features as part of the Alsace Wine route.

 Alsace Region – Riquewihr


5 things not to miss in Alsace

Riquewihr is the smallest of the amazing towns we visited in Alsace. It’s another typical tradition town of the region bright coloured house and cellars full of wine.The tightly built house date back from the 15th century onwards. The town walls once used to protect the town and now covered in the grapes. The Dolder town gate dates back to the 13th century. Riquewihr is sometimes known as The Gem of the Alsace Vineyards. Riquewihr is home to one of the most famous Alsace wine house Dopff Au Moulin. Dopff is famous worldwide for its Alsace Gewurztraminer and is one of the major vineyards to visit in Alsace. The tourist office can provide you with a map so you can explore the historic town of Riquewihr.

Family Travel Tip: Riquewihr is also home to the most amazing Christmas shop that you will ever see. Two floors of every type of Christmas decoration and trinkets you could ever imagine. Our kids were mesmerised by this shops we had trouble getting them out the door.

We hope you can get to Alsace France soon to visit our 5 things not to miss in Alsace France.


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