This is a basic Alsace map...just to give you an idea of where everything is...
in Alsace is NOT on this map. There are at least 100 wine-making
villages in Alsace, 65 castles and all sorts of other fun stuff too.
And I just can't fit it all on this map (or at least my map making skills are not at that level ;)
But from here you can get more detailed information about these Alsace attractions...
Information like what's so special about each village or site, nearby day trips and hotel and accommodation choices.
If you're interested, you'll find a map of the Alsace area showing the major highways here or maybe you'd prefer a paper map like the Michelin Map of Alsace Lorraine to help you find your way.
And if you are wondering what all these places on my Alsace map are, check out the list below!
Alsace Map: Places to Go in Alsace
Alsace Map: North of Strasbourg
is part of the North Vosges Nature park and its 35 castle ruins. The
Lichtenberg castle is in decent shape and was originally built in the
65 Niederbronn-les-Bains has been a spa town since Roman times. The natural spring runs though Niederbronn les Bains
where you can taste it at its source or visit one its spas. You can
also make short hikes in the Vosges to a number of different medieval
64 Wissembourg is found at the very top of this Alsace map and was founded in the 6th century by the Merovingian King Dagobert. Wissembourg
is a large medieval village with over 70 houses dating from before 1700
(many from the 14th and 15th centuries). Just south of Wissembourg
you'll find the Northern Wine Road in Alsace.
61 and 63 Four à Chaux and Fort Schoenenberg
are forts on the Maginot Line. They are basically underground military
camps with everything a soldier could need. And they are in great shape
because the Germans were never able to cross this line. Definitely two
must sees on this Alsace Map for any war history buffs!
is a very well cared for and preserved Alsatian village with many
typical Alsatian homes and barns. The village is very proud of their
heritage and dress in traditional costumes for special occasions.
59 and 60 Betschdorf and Soufflenheim
are famous for their pottery. And they've been doing it since the 12th
century! So you can visit all the ceramic artists in their workshops or
go to the Pottery Museum.
58 Haguenau was a
favorite village of Frederick Barbarossa (one of the Holy Roman
Emperors). City walls, gates, and other buildings have survived. There's
also an interesting Alsatian museum in Haguenau.
57 La Petite Pierre is a tiny village in the northern Vosges mountains so it's quite the scenic trip! In La Petite Pierre
you'll find a 12th century castle in great shape, but the most
interesting thing is the houses carved right out of the cliff sort of
like modern caves.
is the home of the St Peter and Paul church that was originally built
between the 11th and 13th centuries. The monastery dedicated to st
Adelphus was originally founded in the 8th century.
55 St Louis-Arzviller
is technically not in Alsace, but it's just across the border in
Lorraine and it's a lot of fun! It's a boat escalator for lack of a
better word. There's a 145+ foot difference in the Marne-Rhine canal at
this point. You can even take a tour on a boat for yourself!
is full of things to do. The Rohan Palace has the Archaeology and
History museums. There is a 14th century monastery and a 12th century
castle in Saverne too.
is an abbey that was originally built in the 6th century. It has been
restored and is in great shape. It's considered one of the best examples
of Romanesque architecture in Alsace.
52 Marlenheim is considered to be either the beginning or the end of the Wine Road depending on which direction you are going. Marlenheim is known for its "Klevner" wine.
is the capital of Alsace and its largest city. The cathedral is
gorgeous, but so is the Tanners' District La Petite France. If you think
you have what it takes, you can climb the stairs to the top of the
cathedral (over 300 steps). Strasbourg is one of the most well known stops on this Alsace map
Alsace Map: Strasbourg to Colmar
50 Molsheim is a beautiful village on the Wine Road with its city walls and city gates still intact. Molsheim was also the home of the Bugatti factory.
49 Rosheim is a village on the Wine Road that still has its city walls and gates. Rosheim a 12th century home called the Pagan House which is considered to be the oldest in all Alsace.
48 Schirmeck was the location of the Nazi "re-education" camp in Alsace. Now it is a museum in Schirmeck
dedicated to the events that occurred between 1870 and 1945 when
Alsatians changed nationalities 4 times. More than a museum, the
different moments are recreated in the different rooms to give you the
feeling that you are living through it too.
47 Le Donon
is a site in the Vosges mountains. It was a place of worship for the
Celts and then later the Romans. Temples have been found dedicated to
Cernunnos and Mercury. While you are hiking around, you may also find
things from World War One including a cemetery.
is a very large ruined castle in the Vosges mountains that you can
visit. It is relatively safe to visit a ruined castle so long as you
don't climb on anything or attempt to move anything. This one dates back
to the around the 10th and 11th centuries.
was the only concentration camp in Alsace or France although Alsace was
part of Germany at the time. Now it is a musuem. You can check out the
crematorium, ash pit, gas chamber, prison, and other various buildings.
44 The Ottrott castles
are Rathsamhausen and Lutzelbourg. They are both ruined, and within
walking distance of one another. And just a short drive from the village
43 Mont St. Odile
is the convent founded by the patron saint of Alsace, St Odile in the
8th century in the Vosges mountains. It's a beautiful place for a hike.
You can find the remains of a Celtic fort, the Pagan Wall, there as
well. This stop on the Alsace map also has a hotel in the convent for
those interested in a quiet, rustic experience.
42 Obernai is the birthplace of the patron saint of Alsace, St Odile. Obernai has existed since at least 778 A.D. Its city walls and gates have survived a lot of conflict with 30 towers still standing.
is yet another ruined castle in the Vosges that you can visit although
it is smaller than Guirbaden. It was originally built in the 1100s and
destroyed during the Thirty Years War by the Swedes.
40 Haut Andlau
is one of approximately 65 castles in Alsace and is near the village
of Barr built in the 1200s. It's still in relatively good shape for a
ruined castle and is still owned by the Andlau family which is very
is a ruined castle built in the 13th century. Interestingly enough,
this castle wasn't destroyed by a war. The townspeople got fed up with
the nobles and torched it. Very unusual...
is one of the 100+ charming wine growing villages on the Wine Road in
Alsace. St Richarde, the wife of Carolingian kind Charles the Fat,
founded an abbey in Andlau in the 9th century. And the 12th century St Peter and Paul Church is where you will find her shrine.
37 Barr is as charming an Alsatian village on the wine road as many of the more famous ones, but with less tourists which can make Barr all the more enjoyable to visit if you're looking for a little peace and quiet.
is known to have existed since 762 AD and is a charming village on the
Wine Road. One of France's larger chocolate manufacturers is based in
Epfig too (chocolate and wine anybody?)
was the location of the very unpleasant end of the Peasants Revolt in
1529 where they were basically slaughtered. You'll also find two
castles, the Ortenbourg and the Ramstein, in Scherwiller.
34 Dambach-la-Ville still has its medieval walls and gates. One of the churches in Dambach la Ville, St Sebastien, is interesting. Look for the unusual sconces...St Sebastien protected people against the Plague.
33 Ortenbourg castle
was built in the 11th and 12th centuries. From there, you can see a
smaller castle, the Ramstein. It survived quite a few serious attacks
before the Swedes destroyed it in the Thirty Years War.
32 Frankenbourg castle
was most likely built in the 12th century although there is a story
about it being built by Clovis, the first King of the Franks, in the 5th
century. Just a bit below the castle is a wall that is said to date
back to the Celtic iron age.
31 Ramstein castle
is the smaller castle built in the 13th century not too far from the
Ortenbourg castle. It was built to better attack the Ortenbourg which
was a pretty tough castle.
30 Selestat is a
small and charming city that is supposedly the birthplace of the
Christmas tree. You'll find a Humanist library with books from as far
back as the 600s in Selestat.
29 Kintzheim castle isn't just a ruined 12th century castle in Alsace. It's also the location of the "Voleries des Aigles" which is a Birds of Prey show. And if that wasn't enough, the "Montagne des Singes" (or Monkey Mountain) is a short drive away. Two must see stops on this Alsace map if you're traveling with kids!
28 Haut Koenigsbourg
is one of the most famous castles of its period in France, mostly
because it has been fully restored. You can tour this twelfth century
is one of the must see Wine Road villages on this Alsace map. It is
also the home of the beautiful linens maker, Beauville. And if that
weren't enough, the well known mineral water company, Carola, is in Ribeauvillé.
26 Riquewihr is also one of the must see villages on this Alsace map. Riquewihr
has 13th century walls and city gates as well as a torture chamber
available for touring. And on top of it all, there are 4 museums in
this little village, but in reality, the entire village is a museum
is a location of one of the smaller Maginot line forts in Alsace. The
village of Marckolsheim was completely destroyed by the Germans. They
have created a wonderful museum here available for touring from March to
November on the weekends and from June to September during the week as
is a charming Wine Road village like the other 100+ others that also
happens to have a Wines of Alsace museum. The Confrérie Saint Etienne is
also based in Kientzheim and does wine education programs. If you want to learn more about wine in Alsace, this stop on the Alsace map is for you!
23 Kaysersberg is one of the must-see charming Wine Road villages on this Alsace map...with a castle ruin that you can hike up to. Kaysersberg is also famous as the birthplace of Albert Schweitzer and his birthplace has been made into a museum that you can tour.
is a small city with beautiful, ornate homes mostly built in the
Renaissance period. It's late medieval city center is in fantastic
shape. It's considered to be one of the most beautiful towns in France.
Definitely a must-see on this Alsace map.
21 Turckheim is a village on the Alsatian Wine Road near Colmar. Turckheim
is one of the few that still has its city walls and gates. It is famous
for the nightwatchman who still patrols the streets of Turckheim every
night at 10pm (May through October) singing traditional Alsatian songs.
It's also one of the few wine road villages with a train station so it's
a very popular stop on this Alsace map for those without cars.
Alsace Map: South of Colmar
is a tiny, unusually shaped village. The village formed around a castle
adding one ring of houses after another as it grew. You'll be going in
circles literally! No need for a museum here. Eguisheim is its own
museum. It's also the home of the only Alsatian pope, Leon IX. And it's
one of my favorite stops on this Alsace map!
is a 12th century castle once owned by the Hapsburgs and is not far
from Eguisheim. Like many castles in Alsace, it was destroyed by the
Swedes during the Thirty Years War, but it's been renovated, so you can
tour it from April to October.
18 Munster is
a small city famous for its Munster cheese (a very strongly flavored
cheese) and the only Alsatian cheese. They've been making it in the same
way since the 10th century in the surrounding countryside in Munster.
is a charming village on the Wine Road near Colmar. You can find
remains from the Celts, Romans, Franks here. Rouffach has been attacked, burned,
and bombed from the 12th century to the 20th, but still a lot has
survived. A great day trip.
16 Freiburg is a
charming city just across the border in Germany. You will find a
beautifully well preserved medieval city center and all sorts of
museums. It's a very well known stop on this Alsace map.
has an interesting history. It was designed and built by Louis XIV's
military engineer, Vauban, in the early 1700s. So the entire town is
surrounded by fortifications.
was a very powerful monastery in France. It founded in 728 AD and
amazingly some parts of it are still standing after all the wars that
have past through Alsace.
is the place to go if you like old churches. Guebwiller doesn't just
have a Romanesque one, it also has Gothic and Neoclassical churches. It
was owned by the Murbach abbey until the French Revolution in 1789. And
it's a charming wine producing village as well.
12 EcoMusée is an outdoor Alsatian village museum with authentic Alsatian buildings
that have been moved and restored. You'll find blacksmiths, farmers,
musicians, farm animals and all sorts of people demonstrating how life
was in the villages of Alsace. One of our kids' favorite stops on this
Alsace map. The Clair de Mine turn of the century mining museum is within walking distance.
11 Bioscope is a very unique and fun educational kids amusement park.
You'll never have this much fun learning about nature, science, and the
environment anywhere else. And even if you don't understand French or
German, you'll still have a lot of fun!
10 Lac de Kruth
is the largest man made lake in Alsace. It's a beautiful spot up in the
Vosges mountains to hike, walk, swim, go diving, or even rent a pedal
9 Hartmannswillerkopf is a one of a few different World War One memorials in Alsace with a military cemetery. What's most interesting about Hartmannswillerkopf though is further past the memorial where you can hike through the maze of well preserved World War One trenches. It's one of my favorite stops on this Alsace map.
is right next to Thann and is also an Alsatian Wine Road village. It's
considered to be where Julius Caesar defeated Ariovistus and his
Germanic tribes in 58 BC. It's not far from Hartmannswillerkopf and
you'll find World War One cemeteries for both French and German
is the first or last stop on the Alsatian Wine Road depending on which
direction you are going in southern Alsace. You'll find an unusually
large and ornate Gothic church as well as the ruins of the Engelbourg
castle that is only a twenty minute walk from Thann.
is the second largest city in Alsace. It's specialty is its museums. It
has a world-class car museum, train museum, and electricity museum
among others. Mulhouse was famous for its textiles and you can find its
museum in the old City Hall. And if you want to do some shopping, you'll
find plenty to look at in the city center.
is not actually in Alsace anymore, but it used to be. Throughout
history it was fought over because of its location and all of these
fortifications, ramparts, the Citadel, and more are still there for you
4 Altkirch is a smaller town in the
Sundgau region of Alsace. It's built up a hill. The view from the top
next to the old church is great. One of the local specialties in the
Sundgau is fried carp.
3 Ferrette is another
small village in the Sundgau in Alsace where the counts of Ferrette
built their castle in the 12th century. There is a pathway that leads to
the castle near the St Bernard church in the village.
is the last stop before you head into Switzerland. And it's also the
closest train station to the Basel/Mulhouse airport. There is a bus
service that runs from this train station to the Basel/Mulhouse Euro
1 Basel is one of the larger cities in Switzerland. In Basel,
you can check out its 10th century church, the Munsterkirche, or just
wander through the unbelievably well preserved medieval city center
(very unusual for a city of this size). And if that's not enough,
there's always the still-standing enormous late medieval city gate, the