Alsace Daytrips from Your Hotel in Schirmeck
If you stay at a hotel in Schirmeck, you'll have a lot of attractions to choose from...
Struthof concentration camp is about an hour walk (less than 3 miles/
4.5 km) from Rothau (which has a train station) where you can take the
same walk that the prisoners took many years ago...
And you'll be surrounded by the beautiful Vosges mountains staying at a hotel in Schirmeck far away from the tourists.
But still a short car or train ride away from the wine, the vineyards and some beautiful villages in Alsace!
Distances given are the approximate distances from the center of Schirmeck.
Villages with a * have a train stop or train station.
Struthof Concentration Camp
3 miles/5 km
Natzweiler Struthof concentration camp was the ONLY one of its kind in
Alsace or France (technically part of Germany during World War Two). The
Struthof is pretty impressive with plenty of information in English.
You'll need around 3 hours for the visit.
8 miles/13 km
3000 BC there were people living near Le Donon. It was the location of
Celtic worship of their forest god Vosegus. Later the Romans used it to
worship Mercury. There are two pathways that you can take to Le Donon
and back in about 2.5 hours.
13 miles/21 km
is a small wine producing village in Alsace near Molsheim that is
probably more famous for its beer than wine (although it has some
excellent wine as well). And for those of you who love military history,
there is Fort Mutzig built in the very late 1800s by the German Empire.
If World War One history appeals to you, this might be a good stop for
14 miles/23 km
is a beautiful wine village in Alsace with quite a lot of castle ruins
if you're interested... It's also the closest village to Mont Sainte
Odile and you can walk to it in about an hour or drive. Ottrott is also
famous for its Pinot Noir (they've been making it since the 1100s).
15 miles/24 km
is best known as the home of Bugatti. You can still tour the Bugatti
Foundation in Molsheim or you can go just next door to Dorlisheim where
their new Bugatti car factory is now located. But Molsheim is still a
wine road village and its medieval city walls are still standing...right
next to vineyards even!
15 miles/24 km
is one of the few villages in Alsace that wasn't severely damaged in
the Thirty Years War in the 1600s, so there are a lot of beautiful old
buildings still intact. One of those beautiful old buildings is the
"Pagan House" the oldest residential building in Alsace still standing.
Rosheim is also a wine road village if you want a little wine with your
history on your Alsace vacation...
16 miles/26 km
is a small town or very large village on the wine road. They've been
making wine for over 13 centuries now (starting in the 700s at least).
If you loved Colmar, you will really love Obernai! It's a very
beautiful town and the vineyards are much closer than in Colmar. Obernai
is also the birthplace of the patron saint of Alsace, Sainte Odile.
Looking for a Hotel in Schirmeck?
Hotel-Residence La Rubanerie
The Hotel Residence La Rubanerie is a small, family owned, old fashioned
hotel with both hotel rooms and a few studios (with kitchenettes) for
families, but it's not a hotel in Schirmeck. The hotel itself is located
just a bit outside of Rothau (very near Schirmeck). The building itself
(built in 1850) is a former textile factory.
Hotel Neuhauser is much more than a hotel. It's a hotel with a French
restaurant, individual chalets, a covered, heated swimming pool, a sauna
and a fruit brandy distillery. But it's also not a hotel in Schirmeck
because it's just outside of Schirmeck (4 miles/7 km). Beautifully
decorated rooms and great breakfast.