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Tours and Itinerairies

The Alsace region of France  is one of the smallest and yet it shines most prominently by its European influence and draws its strength and identity from its singular history.  This strong cultural identity is found in its exceptionally rich patrimony, gastronomy, and traditions, which we would be delighted to help you discover. As Tomi Ungerer has said:

"If the Land of Plenty had colonies Alsace would certainly be the most desired"

It is not without reason that in 2010 the magazine Lonely Planet designated Alsace as one of the 10 top regions in the world to visit.

The rich diversity of its countryside and its patrimony is such that it would be impossible to list here all of the numerous sites and places to visit in Alsace. So, to help you prepare your Alsatian visit, we suggest you look at the brochures and other documents drawn up by our local tourism experts in which you will find practical information about the places to visit and things to do in while you’re here.

Have a look at the following websites :

You can also find helpful links for your research in the following brief descriptions.
Because we are not travel agents we are mentioning here just the visits and tours that are most commonly asked for. However, we would be more than happy to assist you and advise you on other options, we adapt all tours to your individual requests and desires.

Our motto: for each traveler a unique visit.

www.tourisme67.com/brochures/telechargement-brochure-alsace

Alsace and our guides await your visit and would be delighted to help you discover all the charms of our beautiful region.

Strasbourg

www.otstrasbourg.fr

Strasbourg arousess admiration and enthousiam, often called the Europtimist, or referred to as Strasbourg the Romantic or Strasbourg the European.  Whether one lives in Strasbourg or is a visitor, Strasbourg, with its 2000 years of history and its 1988 classifiation by UNESCO as part of the world patrimony, is a fascinating city.

Touring Strasbourg is like leafing through a history book; you’ll love visiting its historical monuments such as the Notre Dame Cathedral, a true jewel of gothic art, but also its museums and its picturesque side streets which will inevitably lead you to "La Petite France",  the old tanners district which has preseved a remarkable neighborhood of half timbered houses from the 16th century.

Visiting Strasbourg is like time travel: from its roman origins to its European vocation, passing through its Holy Roman Empire period, that of the protestant reformation, the Age of Enlightenment, and finally the vicissitudes of the last century which lead the city to become quite naturally a symbol of peace and reconciliation, it is today home to numerous European institutions such as The Council of Europe, The European Court of Human Rights and the European Parliament.

At the same time it is also young and dynamic, Strasbourg can boast of a very highly reputed university and student population.

 This really is a city which combines both tradition and modernity.

Some suggestions of tours in  Strasbourg:

  • The Cathedral and "La Petite France"
  • The Alsatian Museum
  • The Modern and Contemporary Art Museum
  • The Historical Museum
  • The Museum of Notre Dame's Works
  • Rohan Palace Museum of Archeology and Fine Arts
  • Christmas Traditions
  • Jewish Patrimony
  • Protestantism in Strasbourg
  • The off the beaten path Strasbourg
  • Art Nouveau tour
  • Renaissance tour
  • Imperial City tour
  • 18th Century City tour

CATHEDRALE DE STRASBOURG - MEMENTO DES REGLES DE VISITE

Selestat et L'Alsace Centrale

www.selestat-tourisme.com / www.ot-valdeville.fr

 This charming city situated in the heart of the Reid, between the plains and the mountians will reveal its architectural treasures: the romanesque church Ste Foy with its tower in the shape of a mitre and the St George church with its splendid stained glass.

As a free city during the Holy Roman Empire Sélestat came into its own during the Renaissance. Its famous Latin school bequeathed to the town one of the oldest public libraries in France, the Humanist Library which houses works from the 7th to the 16th century. It is now registered "World Memory" by UNESCO.

  • Sélestat is the ideal starting off point to visit central Alsace and sites such as the following :
  • The Haut Koenigsbourg Castle, www.haut-koenigsbourg.fr
  • The Rhine and Germany
  • The Ebersmunster Abbey

 Christmas in Alsace

Every year at the end of November Alsace rekindles the advent spirit and their still vibrant centuries old traditions. Lights and decorations brighten the streets and homes for the winter season that begins. In Strasbourg, the Christmas capital, a giant Christmas tree is raised on the Place Kleber. It comes from the Vosges Mountains as a symbol of the holiday. Then the oldest documented Christmas market, the Chistkindelsmärik, will begin as it has every year since 1570. The Christmas chalets, the Wihnachtsmärike, will be set up in the narrow streets of the medieval city creating a lively and joyful fair-like atmosphere becoming a favorite evening outing for children and adults alike.   How can you resist the odors of cinnamon and oranges simmering in the hot spiced wine, or the gingerbread and Christmas cookies called braedle… ? The family tree with ribbons and lights,  ornaments from Meisenthal, and figurines for the manger scene can be found on the chalet counters next to Christkindel the princess of light herself. She walks along with her horrible counterpart, wild Rubbelz, and we can also encounter the grand Saint Nicolas himself.

Throughout this period of the four weeks preceding Christmas day there is a great variety of concerts and spiritual and cultural events. The Christmas market lasts until December 31st in order to host visitors in a most welcoming and festive manner.

JEWISH HERITAGE

http://www.tourisme67.com/patrimoine-juif.htm

Jewish communities have resided in the Rhine Valley since Roman times.  With the passing centuries they were to become rural populations and have left behind an exceptional and abundant heritage.

Discovering this unique Jewish Alsatian heritage can be organized to last several days or just a few hours. Here are some of the highlights we suggest:

  • The Judeo-Alsatian museum in Bouxwiller and the Pfaffenhoffen synagogue.    
  • The numerous synagogues and Jewish cemeteries in the villages, towns and cities: Colmar and Obernai for example.
  • Visit to the old mikve and Jewish quarters of Strasbourg
  • View the artifacts and religious objects on display in the museums of Strasbourg and Colmar

The Wine  Road

 www.vinsalsace.com / www.alsace-route-des-vins.com /  www.tourisme-alsace.com/fr/villages-typiques

Inaugurated in 1953 the oldest wine road in France is definitely an excursion not to be missed!

Winding through the foothills of the Vosges Mountains with castle ruins towering above, it goes though lovely towns and medieval villages, some of which are classified as « the most beautiful in France »: for example Riquewihr, Ribeauvillé, Eguisheim, or Obernai…Many winemakers await your visit in their cellars inviting you to taste their renowned wines with such recognizable names as Muscat, Riesling and Gewurztraminer.
Numerous festivals mark the harvest season: Festival of the Minstrels, New Wine Festival or Harvest celebrations…

The Crest Road

 www.vallee-munster.eu / www.gerardmer.net

Go to great heights! This old military roadway meanders along at an altitude between 1000-1300 meters and offers some of the most magnificent mountain landscapes and stunning views of the Vosges lakes and summits in places like Markstein and the Grand Ballon.

Summer pastures called « hautes chaumes » are a typical site of these upper Vosges areas and form a natural carpet of flowers and large meadows to serve our Vosgien breed of cattle.

Their milk will yield a treasured component of Alsatian gastronomy, Munster cheese. Nature here is king and it is superb year round! After you have discovered the beauty of the “Ballons” whether on foot, on skis, in a bus or on a bicycle you’ll be ready for a “marcaire” meal in one of the Farmers’ Inns, it’s a most memorable treat!

The Black Forest

www.foretnoire.info / www.freiburg.de


Avec ses fermes typiques, son célèbre gâteau, ses horloges à coucou, la Forêt Noire offre une grande diversité de paysages. Aux adeptes de sport, de  nature et de remise en forme, la Forêt Noire propose de vastes espaces forestiers et montagneux ; des lacs dont le Titisee, des stations de ski, et la plus grande concentration de stations thermales en Europe comme celle de Baden Baden. Porte d’entée de la Forêt Noire, la ville universitaire de Freiburg en Breisgau avec son centre piétonnier et sa magnifique Cathédrale offre une ambiance festive tout au long de l’année.

Colmar

 www.ot-colmar.fr

The brilliant star of Alsace, Colmar with vineyards spreading at its feet, was a prosperous city from the start thus procuring its exceptional patrimony where you’ll find Germanic and French influences that intertwine marvelously. Especially grouped in the area called the « Petite Venise », the colorful half-timbered homes make this one of the most picturesque cities in Alsace and a fantastic backdrop for celebrating Christmas. Colmar is also a MUST for art lovers: the Unterlinden Museum, housed in the old Dominican convent, possesses a world renowned 16th century masterpiece called the Issenheim Alterpiece by Mathias Grunewald. 

Mulhouse

 www.tourisme-mulhouse.com

 The largest city in the Upper Rhine area of Alsace is proud of its label « City of Art and History »  Not as well known as the other cities, you will discover here the dynamism of the industrial era since the 18th century. Hesitate no longer and come to see the Musée de l'Impression sur Etoffes (textile printing museum) a source of inspiration for numerous fashion designers today, the Musée du Chemin de Fer (train museum) and the famous Cité de l’Automobile (automobile museum) in which you can see the gleaming bodies of the most beautiful sedans in the world including the famous Bugatti Royales. In addition to its museums, the city is proud of the conversion of its former industrial buildings into prominent cultural facilities.  This is a city of progress at the crossroads of France, Germany and Switzerland.

L’Alsace du Nord

www.tourisme-alsacedunord.fr

Between the red sandstone bluffs of the Natural Park of the Northern Vosges and Sauer delta, a tributary of the Rhine lays a unique and authentic region of Alsace. North of Haguenau, stretches a landscape of hills covered with small fields, dotted with picturesque flower bedecked villages and large traditional styled timbered farmhouses. You will discover: Hunspach, one of the "Most Beautiful Villages of France", Mothern the city of Rhine boats men, and in Reichshoffen and Woerth memorials of the Franco-Prussian war of 1870. You’ll love the pottery villages of Soufflenheim and Betschdorf as well as Wissembourg: home of the poet Otfried and Hans Trapp (of Christmas fame), and the famous abbey church Saint Peter and Paul. You will also see the ruins of Castle Fleckenstein, the town of Lauterbourg, gateway to France which was burned, bombed and rebuilt many times, and the underground fortress of Lime Kiln on the Maginot Line front. All of these are reminders that the apparent serenity of the countryside is the result of a modern effort to rebuild peace in the heart of this new Europe. 

Le Tourisme Militaire et de Mémoire

 www.tourisme-alsace.com/fr/lieux-de-memoire

Alsace has a special place in history books. For centuries, Germany and France hotly contested our region. As a frontier province, having changed nationality five times between 1870 and 1945, it has been occupied, annexed, tossed from one culture to another and witnessed the death of hundreds of thousands of her children in one uniform or another. The Franco-German reconciliation, sealed by the Elysée Treaty in 1963, gave birth to a peaceful Europe, finally fraternal and united.Certain places and landscapes remain scarred by the troubled past of our region and yet it maintains with both strength and modesty the memory of our forefathers.

Among the sites open to the public that will help you better understand our history we suggest the following: