Alsace

Traditional French houses in Colmar - © bbsferrari/iStock/Thinkstock
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Alsace Travel Guide

Straddling the foothills of the Vosges Mountains west of the Rhine Valley, the Alsace wine road connects a succession of charming old villages. Starting south of Sélestat (28 miles south of Strasbourg), the Upper Alsace ...

Straddling the foothills of the Vosges Mountains west of the Rhine Valley, the Alsace wine road connects a succession of charming old villages. Starting south of Sélestat (28 miles south of Strasbourg), the Upper Alsace Route du Vin wends through the wine regions of Bergheim, Mittelwihr, Kientzheim, Turckheim, Eguisheim and Gueberschwihr before ending in the area of Rouffach. The two most popular stops are Ribeauville (the medieval market center for Trimbach wines) and Riquewihr (a 16th-century walled hamlet that also contains the well-respected wine houses of Dopff “Au Moulin,” Dopff & Irion and venerable Hugel Père et Fils). Also worth touring: Kaysersberg, filled with a wealth of 16th-century dwellings; and Colmar, with its picturesque old quarter.

 En route, purchase the helpful Recta Foldex tourist map of Alsace, which outlines the Route du Vin and briefly describes the communes, festivals and sights to visit along the way. Be forewarned, the circuitous wine road is not especially well-signposted and can sometimes be frustrating to follow.

Recommended Luxury Hotels in Alsace

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