We headed to France wanting to immerse ourselves in French life for a month in a small fairy-tale village. We spent weeks going through different options for apartments in Alsace. In the end, we chose what we thought was the best apartment in Ribeauville, France
Where is Ribeauville?
Ribeauvillé is a small village of 5,000 people on the Alsace Wine Route. A popular little town that is located 17 kilometres from Colmar and 65 kilometres from Strasbourg. We were looking for a little town with history, an easy location to get to the major sites of the area, a town with local shopping options, and an authentic apartment with parking options. We found all this in Ribeauvillé and Gîte Les Ménétriers – Les Vieilles Vignes.
Where is the best apartment in Ribeauville?
In French, Gîte Les Ménétriers means town centre and this apartment was certainly central to everything. The apartment just oozes appeal and charm—everything from the beautiful building to the exposed timber beams inside the apartment to the quaint French decorations. We loved it, it was literally a dream come true to stay here, just 100 meters from the main town square.
Our kids went and bought fresh baguettes every morning, and a fresh fruit and vegetable market popped up twice a week in the town square. Just 50 meters away was Gourmand Drinks, a small bar-restaurant located off the tourist path that fills up with locals most evenings. This location was close to everything, we really did have the best apartment in Ribeauvillé.
The best apartment in Ribeauville
A medium-sized, two-bedroom apartment on the second floor of a traditional wooden Alsace house. The two bedrooms are of good size and are comfortable with queen-sized beds, storage for your clothes and belongings, and windows. We found the curtains thick enough to block out light in the morning.
The bathroom was modern with a good-sized shower, toilet and basin with a hairdryer and towels for your convenience.
The lounge room/kitchen area is fully stocked with pots, pans and all the cooking equipment you could need. There is an oven, microwave, and dishwasher to make life easier, as well as plenty of plate and cup options. We really appreciated the wine glasses, after all, we were in wine country. With a full-sized kitchen table with six chairs, there was enough room for the whole family. The fridge is a great size, which you will need as there is just so much amazing fresh food in Alsace. The lounge area has chairs, a double sofa-bed and a TV for your entertainment.
The building has a communal laundrette on the first floor, featuring both a washing machine and a dryer. There is storage space for bicycles and big rubbish bins for the apartment trash.
Parking for the best apartment in Ribeauville
Since we were driving across Europe, we needed a place that had onsite or nearby car parking. Located 200 meters away is free car parking on Rue du Rempart de la Streng. This is a big car park fitting around 200 cars, so you should easily be able to find parking. We stayed for 30 days and parked there every night.
Essential services close to the apartment
- Ribeauville Tourist Office – 500 meters
- Carrefour Express – 240 meters
- Cave De Ribeauville – 800 meters
- E.Leclerc Supermarket and Petrol Station – 1.8 kilometers
- Credit Mutuel ATM – 75 meters
- Chemist/Pharmacie 210 meters.
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Things to do in Ribeauville
The town of Ribeauvillé is surrounded by fields of vineyards. The main street is lined with restaurants, bakeries, cellar doors and medieval cobblestones. At Christmas time, the town holds a very popular Christmas market in December. You should definitely try the local wine from the Ribeauvillé Wine Co-Op. On the hill directly behind the town, you will find Castle Saint-Ulrich, Castle Girsberg and Haut-Ribeaupierre. There is a popular walking trail from the centre of town that takes in historical sites
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Things to see near Ribeauville
Ribeauville is in an envious position located close to both the German and Swiss borders. Day trips into both countries are easily done in around 1 hour. Ribeauville is on the world-famous Alsace Wine Route. The Alsace Region of France has many highlights waiting to be explored. You can find many Alsace tours with Get Your Guide.
Exploring Colmar is like walking into a fairy-tale. From the medieval wooden houses to blooming flowers and stalks on roofs—the sort of stuff that inspired stories like Beauty and the Beast. Colmar is charming, enchanting and absolutely captivating for all.
The Gothic 13th-century, Église Saint-Martin Church stands central of Place de la Cathédrale. The city is on the Alsace Wine Route, with local vineyards specializing in Riesling and Gewürztraminer wines. A visit to the Little Venice area with its canals is a must. Colmar is home to a large number of museums, including the highly reputable fine arts museum. Colmar really comes into its own prior to Christmas when its world-famous Christmas market opens.
How far is Ribeaville to Colmar?
Ribeauville to Colmar is 17 kilometers
Christmas Market tours that include Colmar
Chateau Haut Koenigsbourg
One of the most scenic places to visit nearby is Château Haut Koenigsbourg. Koenigsbourg chateau dated back to the middle ages and was built by the Habsburg dynasty. The current version was built by the German Kaiser in the late 18th century when the land belonged to Germany. Today, the Chateau stands proud overlooking both France and Germany. Self-guided tours of the staterooms and armoury are available.
How far is Ribeauville to Chateau haut Koenigsbourg?
Ribeauville to Chateau haut Koenigsbourg is 14.6 kilometers
Basel is located on the Rhine River in northwest Switzerland, close to the country’s borders with France and Germany. The picturesque medieval old town centres around Marktplatz, where you will find the most tourist attractions in Basel. The Basel Old Town is dominated by the 16th-century, red sandstone town hall, and its 12th-century Gothic cathedral. You can easily drive to Basel from Ribeauvillé.
How far is Ribeauville to Basel?
Ribeauville to Basel is 79.6 Kilometers
Freiburg im Breisgau
Freiburg is one of the biggest cities close to Strasbourg and is one of the sunniest cities in all of Germany with a mild climate all year around. Freiburg is famous for its old town, Münster, which was started in the 12th century. Freiburg has a unique system of water channels called the Bächle that runs through the streets like a small river snaking its way around the city. There are many Freiburg attractions to see.
Freiburg has many green spaces for relaxing on warm sunny days. The Mundelhof on the edge of the city is an animal reserve that is popular with families. Martins Brau in the city centre brews some amazing craft beer and is a great place to grab some German cuisine.
How far is Ribeauville to Freiburg?
Ribeauville to Freiburg is 65.4 Kilometers
You can easily travel from Paris to Strasbourg and onto the best apartment in Ribeauville from the French Capital
Our Ribeauville accommodation exceeded our best expectations. We stayed in the apartment with 2 teenagers. The apartment was comfy with enough room for all of us. It is not a big apartment but it is a good size for a family of four people. We truly believe this is one of the best apartments in Ribeauville for family travel or for a couple staycation.
We hope this article from us here at Wyld Family Travel has you inspired to plan holidays in the Alsace. There are so many things to do in the Alsace to visit that will have you entertained and inspired on your vacation. 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.