Experience the unique blend of French and German culture
A quirky mixture of French and German culture and architecture, Alsace is a truly unique corner of eastern France. Situated between the rushing Rhine and the mighty Vosges mountains, it is a patchwork of dense forests and verdant pastures, gentle valleys and, of course, vineyards. It’s a region dotted with sites that bear witness to a turbulent past: ruined castles perch atop hills and Le Struthof, France’s only concentration camp, squats stark and sinister in the north of the region.
The town of Colmar has a distinctly German feel, its houses timbered and painted in bright colours, its bridged river lined with flowers and its German Baroque, Gothic and Renaissance buildings. It’s a beautiful place to become acquainted with and to try traditional Alsatian cuisine such as ‘fleishschnacka’, fresh egg pasta stuffed with meat, onions and herbs. Other typically Alsatian villages such as Hunawihr and Eguisheim have been granted a place among the ‘most beautiful villages in France’, and a visit makes it easy to see why.
The varying terrain of Alsace, alongside its distinctive identity, make this region a joy to discover for walkers and cyclists looking for history, architecture and a healthy sprinkling of local folklore.
4 Matching Holidays
Hiking around Mont St Odile
Major sites of Alsace history around the Mont Sainte-Odile
From the picturesque city of Barr, this three day hike around the Mont Sainte Odile will take you from castle to castle on a big sandstone mountain with ever changing terrain, fantastic rocks and forests. The mountain and its surroundings contain...
Walk in Beautiful Alsace
Natural park of Ballons des Vosges and Alsacian vineyards
A gorgeous walk in southern Alsace, with a mix of vineyards, typical villages and rounded mountains in the natural park of the Ballons des Vosges.
Alsace Prestige en Vélo
Cycle the famous wine route of the Alsace
Alsace is a little known corner of France with a distinctly Germanic influence: a combination of picturesque historic towns, fine wines, beer and choucroute contribute to a unique culture. Cycle the oldest wine route in France,...
Alsace & Lorraine Canal Cruise
Cruise through historic landscapes and famous wine country
Aboard the twelve berth Panache, your floating hotel, you'll discover the beautiful waterways of Alsace & Lorraine. With a distinctive German influence, the little known area of Alsace, in eastern France, is an eclectic mix of historic...