Everyone talks about Ribeauvillé and Riquewihr (and they are both beautiful villages) but for the life of me I will never understand why tourists aren't scrambling to find hotels in Dambach la Ville.
It is a beautiful little village in a perfect location!
And unlike other famous villages, staying in hotels in Dambach la Ville means you can take the train for those of you who aren't renting a car for your upcoming Alsace vacation...
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If you now find yourself looking for hotels in Dambach la Ville, you'll have plenty of options when you're ready to explore the surrounding area (even if you don't have a car)!
There are four villages listed here with train stops (and many more that aren't listed) and for those of you interested in doing some biking through the vineyards...
You can take your bike on the train and have access to even more villages!
Distances given are the approximate distances from the center of Dambach la Ville.
Villages with a * have a train stop or train station.
3 miles/4 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.
6 miles/10 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!
6 miles/10 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.
6 miles/10 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/10 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/11 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.
8 miles/13 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.
9 miles/14 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.
10 miles/16 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.
11 miles/18 km
The Haut Koenigsbourg castle was originally built in 1147 in the Vosges mountains. Like many castles it was enlarged a number of times and updated to deal with changes in warfare. But like most castles in Alsace, it was severely damaged in the Thirty Years War in the 1600s, but it was also fully restored in the 1900s. Haut Koenigsbourg will give you a very clear picture of life in a medieval castle in Alsace.
Here's an adorable little hotel that's more like a bed and breakfast built in an 18th century farmhouse. There are only 7 rooms, but they are all lovely with big wood beams and everything you would expect in a traditional Alsatian farmhouse. And very reasonable prices.
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