6 great places to go camping in the Alsace France

Camping in the Alsace region of France can be a great away for singles, couples and families. The region is located in the northeast of France and is best known for the Alsace wine route, Vosges Mountains, castles and scenic beauty.

There are so many camping options available from a tent to a yurt to cabins and more. The most popular campgrounds are located near the cities of Strasbourg and Colmar which offer a rich cultural experience with the old world architecture and historic buildings. So how can I go camping in the Alsace?

When to go camping in the Alsace

The Alsace with its moderate climate is the perfect place to go camping. During the summer months, you will get many days of sunshine and blue skies for exploring and enjoying Alsace attractions. The climate in the Alsace region can be classified as relatively cool, with wet winters and hot, dry summers.

Colmar is one of the major towns in the Alsace. You can easily visit Colmar when you are camping in the Alsace
Colmar is one of the many famous towns in the region

Why go camping in the Alsace?

Those that choose to go camping in the Alsace will be rewarded with amazing opportunities to hiking, mountain biking, cycling, swimming, alpine lakes, fairy tale villages and more. Bike riders take in the scenery of small medieval villagers while enjoying cycling trails between vineyards. For those looking for something more extreme, you can skydive near Colmar and rock climb near Le Howald.

The Alsace sits located adjacent to Germany and Switzerland, which makes day trips and even a multi-country camping trip an easy reality.

Camping in the Alsace is one of those money-saving activities that will help you have a bigger budget for seeing all the good things in the Alsace. France is known for being expensive, with even an average hotel room pushing 100 euros in the summer months. 

Camping in the Alsace is a social way of travelling you will not be stuck in your small hotel room, you will be onsite meeting people around the pool or camp park shop. Many Alsace camp parks have bike hire, an outdoor pool, horse rides, hike trails and special offers for nearby attractions. For kids, they will certainly make friends onsite and be off enjoying all the features your chosen Alsace campsite has.

There are many hiking trails in the Alsace to explore

Camping in the Alsace options

Many Alsace campsites have many options on the way to camp in the regions camp parks. Personal choice will determine your camp options and the style of Alsace camping holiday you want to enjoy. In this section, we will have a look at the pros and cons of your camping holiday in the Alsace.

Caravan

  • Pro’s: Bringing your own caravan to France is convenient, you can pack it with all the supplies you need from home before arriving in the Alsace. The cost of staying in your own van will be cheaper than renting a van or cabin onsite.
  • Cons: Towing a caravan can be hassle on the busy summer roads of France. Tolls are also a significant cost to your camping in the Alsace holiday budget.

Motorhome

  • Pro’s: A motor home adds the flexibility of staying and driving in the one vehicle without any hassle setting up your camp. A motor home allows you to move between Alsace campsites with ease as you explore the region. You can bring your own motor home or rent one in major cities such as Strasbourg. 
  • Cons: The cost of fuel is expensive in France and access to the amazing medieval villages may not be possible in these big vehicles. parking can also be an issue in some of the smaller towns in the Alsace.

Tent sites for camping in the Alsace

  • Pro’s: Tent sites will require campers to bring their own camping equipment including a tent, sleeping bags, camping chairs, and more. You can set up your camp pitch in a way that suits you. Tent sites are the most ecological way to camp in the Alsace region, 
  • Cons: Camping in the Alsace with a tent will require the most organisation, and you may even need a trailer to bring all the equipment required. In a tent you are also exposed to the elements with rain and bad weather.

Glamping Safari tents

  • Pro’s: Glamping Safari tents add a sense of luxury in a rural setting but still have the feel of adventures in the great outdoors. You will have a real bed, heating, cooling and an eating area. Glamping or luxurious camping is a great way to see if camping is not your thing.
  • Cons: One of the most expensive options for camping in the Alsace.

Cabins, chalets and log cabins

  • Pro’s: A great option for families and larger groups enjoying outdoor activities at campgrounds in the Alsace. This option will include cooking facilities, showers and more home comforts for your trip
  • Cons: Not really camping, more just enjoying a holiday rental on a rural campsite.


How to get to the Alsace

The major access points for the Alsace are via Strasbourg or Basel in Switzerland. From Paris to Strasbourg will take around 6 hours via car and 2.5 hours by train. Trains, planes and buses to Strasbourg originate from big cities across France and Europe including Germany and Switzerland. You can book trains with Omio and buses with Flixbus.

There are plenty of things to do in Strasbourg before embarking on your camping in the Alsace trip, check out the La Petite France area and the world-famous Cathedral. The Strasbourg tourist office can help with organising activities and tours for your trip. You can pick up your rental car or hire a camper van and head off to the camping sites of the region from here.

For those driving the A35 highway runs the length of the Alsace with exit points for all the major cities, towns and villages in the Alsace. 

6 great places to camp in the Alsace

These 6 choices only scratch the surface of your camping in the Alsace options. These parks have great facilities, are located close to major villages and attractions in the Alsace for you to enjoy.

Camping de Strasbourg 

Camping de Strasbourg is a campsite in Strasbourg, Bas-Rhin. The camp park is located close to the city centre of Strasbourg. There are so many great things to do in Strasbourg to keep you entertained. The city centre is only 3.2 kilometres away and easily accessed by bike, bus and walking. The park has a number of accommodation options with shaded and unshaded pitches, while visitors can also rent mobile homes, hikers’ cabins and bungalows. 

The park features a swimming pool, bike hire (including electric bikes), children’s playground, games room, beach volleyball, table tennis and free wifi. For those who don’t want to cook, there is a small supermarket, seasonal restaurant, snack bar and takeaway food available. Some cuisine available includes Flammkuchen (tarte flambée) a regional version of pizza with crème Fraiche, bacon and onions or Baeckeoffea rich and hearty casserole dish.

Distance to Strasbourg – 3 Kilometres

Distance to Colmar – 75 kilometres

The Alsace Wine Route is a wine-growing region in the Northeast of France. It covers about 500 km and includes the departments of Haut-Rhin and Bas-Rhin. The Route des Vins d’Alsace is a tourist route that opened in September 2009, connecting the main towns that are located along the Alsace Wine Road. The Alsace Wine Route is an ideal destination for tourists who are looking for a holiday full of fun, discovery, relaxation and gastronomy. The route consists of 12 villages among which are Ribeauvillé, Eguisheim, Riquewihr or Kaysersberg.

Camping de Riquewihr

Camping de Riquewihr is a campsite in Riquewihr, Haut-Rhin. This park is in an amazing location with easy access to the towns of Colmar, Keysersberg, Ribeauville and Riquewihr. The campsite has pitches with and without shade for tents, caravans and camper vans. This camp park is ideal for people interested in wineries and fairy tale towns. What this park lacks in facilities, it makes up for with location. 

The park facilities include bike hire (both electric and conventional), table tennis, tennis court, boules pitch, children’s playground and games room. For those that don’t want to cook while on holiday, you can buy fresh bread daily from the onsite café that sells takeaway meals and snacks. Walking and cycling tracks run adjacent to the park for those wanting to explore the heart of nature while camping in the Alsace.

Distance to Strasbourg – 68.7 Kilometres

Distance to Colmar – 13.1 kilometres

Bike riding is the best way to explore the beauty of Alsace. If you are looking for a relaxing ride with beautiful views, then you should take a bike tour through the vineyards or explore one of the many bike trails in Alsace. The village roads offer a slower pace where you can enjoy delicious wines and French food at every corner.

Campsite Le Schlossberg

Located in the heart of the Thur valley in Parc Régional des Ballons des Vosges is Campsite Le Schlossberg. This Alsace campsite has both shaded and sunny pitches for those with tents, caravans and motorhomes. For those looking to stay a night or two or even a week cabins are available for hire on site.

The beauty of this campground is its location on the banks of a lake in the Vosges Mountains. The campsite offers guests a restaurant, snack bar and pizzeria for those who don’t want to cook after a long day exploring the Alsace. The camp park has walking and bike trails that start and end at the campsite. The lake offers fishing and water sport opportunities while park side there is a games room, table tennis, boule and a sports field. This is one of the most scenic pitches in the Alsace for camping.

Distance to Strasbourg – 139 Kilometres

Distance to Colmar – 60 kilometres

The Alsace region is best known for its mountains, trails and hiking destinations. You can find some of the best hikes in this region that offer breath-taking views, alpine walking and mountain peaks in the Vosges Mountains. The region is home to some of the most beautiful walks in France. The hikes here are ideal for beginners and holidaymakers who would like to take it easy when they are camping in the Alsace. They provide breathtaking scenery and spectacular views of the lowlands along the Rhine River.

Campsite Les Acacias

Located on the outskirts of the village of Altkirch in Southern Alsace is Camping Les Acacias. It has a total of 47 pitches which can accommodate up to 200 people in shaded and non-shaded pitches. For those that just want to walk in with no set-up, there are mobile homes and cabins available for rental.

Onsite you will find a restaurant featuring a full dinner menu that also can provide breakfast, takeaway meals and snacks. If you want to do your own food preparation, the site has fresh bread available daily. The park features a Wi-Fi zone to catch up on all your messages and social media needs while hanging out at the campsite. Cycling and walking routes start near the campsite for all levels of fitness, while table tennis and boules can be played at the park. Dogs are allowed in the high season as long as they are on a leash.

Distance to Strasbourg – 135 kilometres

Distance to Colmar – 64 Kilometres

Campsite Huttopia Wattwiller 

Less than 20 minutes from Mulhouse and 40 minutes from Colmar, Campsite Huttopia Wattwiller is located in the magnificent forest area of the region. Camping is available on shaded and non-shaded pitches, while motor homes and cabins are available to rent.

This campsite is jammed packed with facilities such as an indoor heated pool, outdoor pool and toddlers pool, something for all ages of campers in the Alsace. Family-friendly activities include ping-pong tables, boules, a volleyball pitch, a children’s playground, and a daily kids club for children aged 5-10 throughout the summer.

During the summer months, a selection of essential groceries is available onsite, including fresh bread daily all year round. You can dine at the onsite restaurants, pizzeria or pick up a bite to eat at the snack bar. A campsite Wi-Fi zone is available to check email and social media during your stay.

Distance to Strasbourg – 112 Kilometres

Distance to Colmar – 37 Kilometres

Essentials for camping in the Alsace

With most of your time being spent outdoors and away from the luxuries of home, we have some great suggestions of things to take camping in the Alsace with you. Some of these items are practical, some are for your own protection, and some are just common sense.

  • Powerbank – A good powerbank is essential for keeping your technology charged all day while at the campsite, on the bike or hiking. Browse a great range of Powerbanks from Anker
  • The sun is hot and strong in the Alsace summer so do not forget hats, sunglasses and sunscreen
  • For outdoor adventures on the hiking trails, bike riding or swimming a GoPro camera will capture all the enjoyment on its action cameras
  • Lightweight convertible pants that have zip off legs are great for outdoor activities. The lightweight material dries quickly after being wet.
  • Music is an essential part of any trip, a portable blue tooth speaker will have the campsite rocking with your favourite tunes.
  • A camping cooler is essential to keep your drinks cool in the summer months, nothing worse than warm beer on a hot day.
  • Amazon has a huge range of camping supplies such as tents, sleeping bags, and camping chairs

We hope this article from us here at Wyld Family Travel has you inspired to plan holidays in the Alsace region of France. There are so many things to do in the Alsace to visit that will have you entertained and inspired on your vacation and camping in the Alsace is one of the best ways to experience it.

For more amazing ideas on where to holiday in France and the Alsace click through to our France Destination Guide page for more brilliant inspiration.


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Father, husband, traveller and chief destination manager here at Wyld Family Travel. When Mark is not talking about travel or planning travel you will find him working in disability support. Mark is a family travel advocate having travelled to over 45 countries with his kids from 10 months old, through to their teenage years. You will find his work here and on other popular websites.

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