If you've travelling with young children, Hunawihr is a wine road village in Alsace that may just be the right combination of child and adult activities for you.
Tropical butterfly gardens, a protective sanctuary for storks and otters for them...
And for you...a quiet village surrounded by vineyards with some beautiful medieval homes and not so many bus loads of tourists like other nearby villages will have.
Something unusual in this village...instead of building walls around the entire village, they built them only around the 14th century village church up on the hill.
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Clearly one of the big advantages of Hunawihr is how close it is to Ribeauvillé and Riquewihr...
But without the crowds of tourists of course.
Unfortunately there are no train stops in this part of the Alsace Wine Road, so you'll need a car or be ready to make at least a 5 mile bike ride from the closest train station.
And by bike or by car, you will be 5 miles away from many interesting sites and villages in Alsace!
Distances given are the approximate distances from the center of Hunawihr.
Villages with a * have a train stop or train station.
2 miles/3 km
If you've already started researching where to go in Alsace, you've probably heard of Ribeauvillé. It's a beautiful wine road village with lots of medieval buildings, restaurants, shops and wine. I think Ribeauvillé is a great place to visit, although I have no idea why it is more popular than other wine road villages that are just as beautiful. There are also three castles above Ribeauvillé that you can hike up to and back in three hours if you're interested...
2 miles/3 km
Riquewihr is considered one of the most beautiful villages in France because visiting Riquewihr is like stepping hundreds of years back into history. Somehow this wine road village managed to survive through countless wars (including World War Two) unscathed. So enjoy it, but remember that there are a lot of other people planning to visit Riquewihr with you especially around July, August, and December.
4 miles/6 km
Bergheim is a quiet little village on the Alsatian Wine Road just past Ribeauvillé. One of the most amazing things about Bergheim is how it was managed to preserve almost ALL of its medieval city walls. You can walk around the village and see them for yourself before or after trying some of the local wine and food.
4 miles/6 km
Kientzheim (not Kintzheim) is a beautiful little wine road village near Kaysersberg and it's also home to the Confrerie de Saint Etienne and their Alsatian Wine museum. If you want to learn more about the history of Alsatian wine and how it was produced, you might want to stop by.
5 miles/8 km
Kaysersberg is a just as beautiful medieval wine road village as Riquewihr with the added bonus of a ruined castle only a 15 minute hike away. The photo at the very top of this webpage was taken in Kaysersberg to give you an idea. So if you want to avoid the crowds in Riquewihr, Kaysersberg might be a good choice for your Alsace vacation. And it's the birthplace of Albert Schweitzer too.
6 miles/9 km
You'll probably pass Ammerschwihr on your way from Turckehim to Kaysersberg and you will definitely see it! It's the one with the huge tower (the Schelmenturm)... If you stop by, you'll have a choice of over 40 wine makers to choose from as you wander through the village. And for those of you who love to golf...
Birds of Prey Show
8 miles/13 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!
8 miles/13 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.
9 miles/14 km
Turckheim is a beautiful little village on the Alsace Wine Road with a train station! So you can drink as much as you can want... Turckheim has a particular tradition that it has continued (with only two stops) for hundreds years. The Nightwatchman makes his rounds (May 1st to Oct 31st) at 10pm every night.
10 miles/16 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.
Meyer Rooms has a selection of 4 vacation rental apartments available, some for up to 6 people and some for only 2 or 3 people. All located just outside of the center of Hunawihr. Parking and WiFi access is free. There is a restaurant nearby if you need it.
As you would expect, Domaine François Schwach et Fils is a wine producer in Hunawihr. They have a few rooms available in the style of a bed and breakfast and 1 gite or vacation apartment. The rooms are nicely decorated. WiFi and parking are free. Breakfast is available.
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