An Andlau hotel is a great idea if you'd like to hike up to a few medieval castles and work up your thirst before your wine tastings...
Both the 14th century Spesbourg and Haut Andlau castles are only a three hour hike round trip.
And Andlau has some really beautiful architecture to see...like the 9th century abbey (and then renovated in the 11th century) amongst many others.
The village basically grew up around this abbey founded by Sainte Richard after her husband Holy Roman Emperor Charles the Fat kicked her out because she couldn't give him a son or daughter.
Andlau is just a beautiful little village to wander around or bike through...
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If you're planning on staying in an Andlau hotel, you'll need a car because Andlau doesn't have a train station...
Unless you are travelling light and don't mind a 3 mile bike ride or hike from Barr.
An Andlau hotel is great for hikers and bikers because there are quite a few villages that are only a few miles away plus a chance to do a half day hike in the Vosges to two medieval castles.
Distances give are the approximate distances from the center of Andlau.
Villages with a * have a train stop or train station.
2 miles/3 km
Mittelbergheim (like Riquewihr) is one of the most beautiful villages in France, but there are a lot less tourists here. Between Andlau and Barr you'll find some of the best Sylvaner wine (and many other grape varieties) in a quiet and peaceful setting.
3 miles/5 km
Barr is a wine road village in Alsace that attracts fewer tourists AND has a train station, but it's not because it's not a beautiful little village with adorable winding cobblestone streets. So if you are looking for a quieter Alsace vacation, Barr might be for you.
4 miles/6 km
After you pass Barr if you're on your way to Ottrott or Mont Saint Odile, you'll find the village of Heiligenstein. It's a pretty little wine village with one big difference. They produce Klevener de Heiligenstein wine (which can only be produced in that particular area). It's related to the Traminer family, so if you enjoy Gewurztraminer, you might want to try this historic variety in Alsace.
Dambach la Ville*
6 miles/10 km
Dambach la Ville is the sort of Alsace wine village where you can walk around anywhere and see something really beautiful, medieval city walls and gates, beautiful old homes and a very interesting chapel. And there is a train station, so you can try one of the 30 wine producers in Dambach la Ville without renting a car!
8 miles/12 km
Ottrott is a beautiful wine village in Alsace with quite a lot of castle ruins if you're interested... It's also the closest village to Mont Sainte Odile and you can walk to it in about an hour or drive. Ottrott is also famous for its Pinot Noir (they've been making it since the 1100s).
8 miles/13 km
Obernai is a small town or very large village on the wine road. They've been making wine for over 13 centuries now (starting in the 700s at least). If you loved Colmar, you will really love Obernai! It's a very beautiful town and the vineyards are much closer than in Colmar. Obernai is also the birthplace of the patron saint of Alsace, Sainte Odile.
Mont Sainte Odile
9 miles/14 km
Mont Saint Odile is a 7th century convent about a 20 minutes drive from Obernai up in the Vosges mountains with some fantastic views of Alsace. This mountain is very popular. First the Celts were here, then the Romans, and then between 680 and 690, Saint Odile founded her convent. There are some lovely short hikes where you can see intact remains from the Celts and Romans as well as a hotel and restaurant at the convent. The convent itself has been enlarged over the years and renovated many times since being built in the late 600s.
10 miles/15 km
Scherwiller is known for its Riesling, so if you're a fan, you'll want to stop by. Speaking of which, Scherwiller has a train station so you can drink to your heart's content! And you can make a 45 minute walk to two castles, the Ortenbourg and Ramstein from the village.
11 miles/18 km
Rosheim is one of the few villages in Alsace that wasn't severely damaged in the Thirty Years War in the 1600s, so there are a lot of beautiful old buildings still intact. One of those beautiful old buildings is the "Pagan House" the oldest residential building in Alsace still standing. Rosheim is also a wine road village if you want a little wine with your history on your Alsace vacation...
11 miles/17 km
Selestat is a small town or a very large village in Alsace that's famous for its 15th century library which contains 70,000 books and documents from the 7th to 16th century and was a part of the medieval Latin School founded in Selestat in 1441. But it's also a beautiful town to wander around in on your Alsace vacation. Check out the Tuesday morning market if you have time...
Hotel le Zinck is a very cute Andlau hotel built in a lovely old historic mill. Each room has its own theme. If you're looking for wood beams and Alsatian charm, this hotel might not be for you, but if you love unique hotel room decor, you'll love it. Breakfast, parking and WiFi available.
Simple three star Andlau hotel with simple rooms. Don't expect luxury here. You can find some very good deals for this hotel. could be a good choice for someone looking for a discount Andlau hotel. Breakfast, WiFi and parking available. The hotel has a nice restaurant.
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