If you're looking to stay in a really tiny wine road village in Alsace, then you couldn't do much better than Dieffenthal...
It's very a small and completely unpretentious (not touristy) village with less than 300 people living here.
And like every other wine road village in Alsace you'll find wine makers, vineyards and walking paths winding through the vineyards.
Hopefully you'll find everything that you need to know about this village and Alsace…
But if you don't find what you're looking for…ask me a question about your Alsace vacation here!
Dieffenthal is one of the many wine road villages that aren't usually on my list of villages to visit...not because there's something wrong with them at all...
It's just that there are so many wine road villages in Alsace (over 100).
And giving you a full list of every single one of them would make it even more difficult to plan your itinerary.
It is a great place to stay if you like to go for long walks or short bike rides because there are quite a few other villages less than 5 miles away.
Distances given are the approximate distances from the center of Dieffenthal.
Villages with a * have a train stop or a train station.
Dambach la Ville*
1 miles/2 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!
2 miles/3 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.
5 miles/8 km
Kintzheim (not Kientzheim) is a pretty little wine road village in Alsace, but your kids probably aren't going to let you sit around and taste wine until you've taken them to Monkey Mountain (Montagne des Singes), the Birds of Prey show (Volerie des Aigles) and Cigoland which are just ten minutes away. And while you're at the Birds of Prey show you can tour the 13th century Kintzheim castle.
5 miles/8 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...
Birds of Prey Show
6 miles/9 km
Watching large birds of prey inside the courtyard of a ruined castle (that you can explore either before or after the show) is a great idea for older children (over 10). The younger ones are usually a little scared. It's all in French, but you don't need much translation for this show and it's very close to Monkey Mountain!
7 miles/12 km
If you're travelling with kids of any age, here's something fun for them...feeding monkeys at a monkey sanctuary near Haut Koenigsbourg! It's a great way to spend a few hours of your Alsace vacation. Then you can head on over to the Birds of Prey Show nearby.
8 miles/12 km
Andlau has been making wine since Roman times when retired Roman legionaires started planting vineyards here. If you love old medieval houses, you'll see lots of them here in Andlau and if you're in the mood it's only a half day hike (3 hours average there and back) up to see two medieval castles (Haut Andlau and Spesbourg). And when you get back you'll have a good excuse to sit back and try some Alsace wine on your Alsace vacation!
Here's a nice little hotel with a lot of traditional Alsatian charm. A good choice for anyone who loves old fashioned decor. Don't expect any luxury here, but the rooms are clean. Nice restaurant. Breakfast, WiFi and parking available.