Your Alsace Vacation:Touristy Alsace
39 miles/62 km
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.
40 miles/63 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
44 miles/71 km
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.
47 miles/79 km
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.
44 miles/71 km
is a medium sized town right in the middle of Alsace. It's on many many
people's list of "most beautiful towns in France". The wine business
made a lot of people wealthy during the late medieval period so there
are a lot of beautiful and unique buildings to look at in Colmar.
58 miles/93 km
of the nice things about visiting Alsace is how close you are to
Germany. Freiburg Germany is a beautiful big city with a large medieval
quarter. From Freiburg you can make your way into the Black Forest if
you would like to spend a day at a natural mineral spring spa, although
you will probably need a car for a trip like this.
87 miles/139 km
Switzerland is right on the border of France, Germany, and
Switzerland. This 2000 year old city has an unbelievably well
maintained medieval city center for such a big city (over 250,000
people), not to mention the four story Spalentor city gate from the
1400s. You'll just love wandering up and down the tiny little medieval
lanes in Basel.
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