How to Get to Strasbourg and other villages from Paris

by Cindy

My great grandfather was born in Ingwiller in the late 1800's. We are planning a first time family trip to Paris in June and I'd love to show my adult kids where their ancestor came from.

How difficult would it be to get to Strasbourg and Ingwiller from Paris?

How many days would we need to get a flavor of the area? How does one get from Strasbourg to Ingwiller?

Also, do you know if the Ingwiller synagogue still exists and is it possible to get access to the Jewish cemetery?

Thank you in advance for any information you could give me.

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Visiting Ingwiller
by: Sue

Hi Cindy,

Did you ever get to Ingwiller? We are planning the same thing since my husband just found out his great-grandmother was born there in 1860 before she came to Wisconsin in the 1870's.


Taking the TGV to Alsace
by: Suzele

Hi Cindy,

Getting from Paris to Strasbourg is too easy nowadays with the TGV (high speed train) from the center of Paris.

No more need to take a shuttle or taxi to the airport and it'll only take a few hours to get from Paris to Strasbourg (even less than an airplane after you consider the time to get to the airport, check in and all that...)

If you live in North American, you can get a TGV ticket here...

The prices are slightly higher than here in France, but the French website is in French and will only send tickets to French addresses.

And Ingwiller just happens to have a train station so once again, no problem.

According to a few French websites the synogogue in Ingwiller is still there.

As far as I know visiting French cemeteries is not a problem. I've never seen them locked up. I've been in a few of them myself.

Of course I'm not aware what restrictions there may be for Jewish cemeteries. That's something you may know more about...

As far as how much time you want to spend in Alsace, it depends on what you want to do.

If you just want to go to Ingwiller, I'm sure a day or two is all you'll need. Some sites only need half a day while others require a full day.

And some people really like to take their time when they are wandering around. Not to mention you can only do so many wine tastings in one day.

Good luck with your trip!

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