7 amazing things to do in the Alsace in winter

For those visiting the Alsace region in the Grand Est region, of France, winter is a beautiful and unforgettable time of year. The snowy countryside is filled with activity as skiers and snowshoes set out on their journey to explore the frozen forest paths and mountain lakes. Visitors wander beautiful villages straight from a fairy tale, while others drive the Alsace wine route, there is something for everyone in this part of France.

Strasbourg is one of the tops places in the Alsace in winter.
Strasbourg in Winter

Perfect things to do in the Alsace in winter

In the Alsace winter, local villages come alive as they host their traditional Christmas markets with handcrafted ornaments, festive clothing, delicious food, and all the charm you would expect from a European winter wonderland.

The winter months of France offer travellers a plethora of activities and sights to enjoy. From the glistening snow on the Vosges mountains to the twinkling stars of the night sky, there is no shortage of adventure in these cold months. The Alsace in winter is the perfect place.

Alsace Christmas Markets

Christmas markets in the Alsace region of France can be found in many towns and villages throughout the Alsace in winter. People from all over the world come to these markets to buy handicrafts and decorations, eat traditional foods, and drink mulled wine.

Christmas markets in the Alsace

They also enjoy seeing the beauty of the unique Alsatian villages that dot the landscape. From Strasbourg to winter in Colmar, there are many wonderful things to experience during your visit this holiday season. The bigger markets in Colmar, Strasbourg and Mulhouse start in late November and open all the way up to Christmas Day.

Snow shoe hikes in the Vosges Mountains

Every winter in the Alsace, there are many hikers who make their way to the Vosges Mountains in eastern France to explore the natural beauty of this region. The snowshoe hikes here can be especially beautiful days when the sky is clear and the sun is shining. The area is lush with fir trees, which provide a sense of seclusion from other parts of the world. We recommend taking a guided tour that starts in the Col du Calvaire and includes a stop at Lac Blanc alpine lake.

Visit a wine cave in the Alsace in winter

Bennwihr is a small town in the Alsace near Ribeauville. It’s not only one of the largest wine producers in Alsace, it also offers visitors an opportunity to try a wine made there. The vineyards that surround Bennwihr are some of the oldest in France, dating back to the 16th century.

Wine in the Alsace region

The Bestheim wine cave in Bennwihr offers visitors a variety of wines that are perfect for every palate. Whether someone is looking for a light and refreshing white wine or they’re craving something full-bodied and robust, the knowledgeable staff at Bestheim Vins et Crémants d’Alsace will be able to recommend the perfect bottle.

Visit Casino Resort Barrière Ribeauville

Located in the heart of one of France’s most recognized wine-producing regions, The Resort Barrière Ribeauville is recognized as one of the country’s top tourist destinations. With an elegant spa and luxurious snow-capped mountains in the distance, the Resort Barrière Ribeauville is an all-year-round resort destination.

The casino features Poker, blackjack roulette, slot machines and more. Onsite, you will find 2 restaurants and 2 bars for you to grab a bite to eat or enjoy a drink, including the popular sports bar with its big-screen TVs. The casino brings in top-class entertainment such as singers and comedians to keep you entertained weekly on your trip to the Alsace in winter. Accommodation is available onsite at the resort, or you can find an amazing apartment in the Ribeauville old town area.

Struthof Concentration Camp

Located in the hills above Strasbourg was Struthof Concentration Camp. Struthof was the only camp ever established in France. Between 1941 and 1944, Alsace was administered by Germany as an integral part of the German Reich.

Winter snow on the ground at Struthof

The camp operated from 21 May 1941 and was evacuated early in September 1944. Some 22,000 people died at the camp. Today you can visit the camp, walk the grounds and view the barracks and buildings. These buildings include a museum and a gas chamber. A winter visit to Struthof Concentration Camp gives you a great perspective of the condition that prisoners faced of the cold Alsace in winter.

Cité de l’Automobile in Mullhouse

Cité de l’Automobile is one of the most visited museums in France, with more than 500 000 visitors each year. The museum is established on the site of an old Citroën factory, where cars were made from 1919 to 1954. It has more than 400 exhibits of cars and other items related to the history of automobile manufacture.

It is one of the most prestigious car museums in the world featuring the famous Coupé Napoléon, the 150 Bugatti, Hispano-Suiza, Ferrari, Rolls-Royce and more. This facility is a must-see for any car enthusiast! If you need to escape the Alsace in winter weather this is one of the best places to visit.

Colmar Market Hall (Marché couvert)

Located in Colmar, France, the Marché couvert is a large covered market that features a variety of goods ranging from crafts to food. As one of the most popular tourist attractions in Colmar, it’s a great place to explore and experience French culture at its finest. The building is also well known for its gorgeous façade with a distinctive clock tower jutting out from the centre.

The Colmar Market Hall in the little Venice area of town

Ducking into the Market hall during winter in Colmar you will find about twenty merchants selling high-quality products including fruits and vegetables, butchery, cheese dairy, bakery and pastry, fish mongering and great coffee. The Market Hall in Colmar will present you with the opportunity to see and learn about Alsatian cuisine.

Getting to the Alsace in winter

  • Alsace is located in Eastern France on the border with Germany and Switzerland.
  • Alsace France is best accessed by Strasbourg Airport or the Basel Mulhouse Freiburg Airport. We recommend Kiwi Flights for your flight searches.
  • From Paris the TGV fast train services to Basel, Strasbourg and Freiburg. From Germany, Freiburg is the key access point for transport arrivals by train. Book your train tickets today with Omio
  • Book a bus to the cities of Alsace France such as Strasbourg, Colmar or any of the small towns of France from domestic and international locations
  • Rent a car on arrival at Airports with Auto Europe to tour the Alsace in winter.

Getting around the Alsace in winter

  • All the areas of The Alsace Region are conveniently linked by public transport. There is a network of buses and coaches. The most simple way to organize your trip is to plan your public transport needs on the Vialsace. 
  • Alsace’s destinations are accessible by 2500 km of bike paths and green paths. This makes the Alsace bike tours a great way to see Alsace attractions. The A 35 motorway crosses Alsace from the North to the South going through Strasbourg, Colmar, Mulhouse et Saint-Louis.

We hope this article from us here at Wyld Family Travel has given you some great ideas for your trip to the Alsace region in France in winter. It is easy to find so many things to do in the Alsace in winter that will make your trip to France unforgettable. Don’ forget many people love to visit the Alsace in winter so some of the places you want to see maybe busy.

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

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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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