Alsace Daytrips from Dieffenthal
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
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
(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
5 miles/8 km
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
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
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
Where to Stay in Dieffenthal
Le Verger des Chateaux
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.