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Sightseeing in Alsace - what to see. Complete travel guide

Alsace is located in the eastern part of France. It is a popular tourist region that attracts travelers with its breathtaking scenery, fine wines, ancient monuments and trading cities.

The capital of the province is Strasbourg, the city with a long history. It is located in the heart of Europe at the crossroads of major trade routes. Shoppers will enjoy local shopping malls and markets. The most striking tourist attraction is Notre Dame Cathedral. The construction of this magnificent Gothic building has begun in the 13th century and lasted for more than 150 years. A great place for hiking is Broglie area, next to which there are several bright architectural structures of a later period.
National cuisine of Alsace would impress those who don’t imagine a meal without fish dishes. Numerous rivers flow through the region; they have remained main sources of fish for many … Open
Many historical objects have preserved in Colmar that is situated in the Rhine Valley. Beautiful old streets and pavements, stone buildings of past centuries and plenty of channels have made Colmar a little Venice. Most of the attractions can be found in the so-called Old Town; here you can find several museums. The art museum features a huge collection of works of Grunwald and Mathis; the Unterlinden museum houses the famous Isenheim altarpiece, the most famous work of Mathis Nithard.
Ribeauville is full of charm; most travelers arrive there in September, when the Virgin Mary Festival is held. For several days the little town turns into a colorful carnival venue. There is music, actors and performances on the streets of the town. Rekvir amazes with natural beauty; it remains the same for the past several hundred years. Beautiful gardens decorated with sculptures and fountains, cozy restaurants and springs - these places have always attracted artists. Copyright www.orangesmile.com
It is simply impossible to imagine the journey around the picturesque Alsace without buying souvenirs; for many tourists shopping trips turn into an exciting adventure. The fact is that … Open
Fans of relaxing holidays would enjoy Marlenheim located near Strasbourg. Its territory has many architectural attractions. Local restaurants serve the best wines and premium national dishes. Alsace is sure to charm every traveler and leave the best impression of a holiday here.
One of the main symbols of the region is Mount Sainte-Odile. The ascent of its top is very popular with fans of active holidays. The mountain is 764 m high and you need no special skills to climb it. On top of the mountain, there is an old monastery, a very important pilgrimage and a historic place. You can also see here the mysterious old construction that is called The Pagan Wall. This is a megalithic object constructed of over 300 000 stone blocks. The researchers still can’t shed light on the meaning and purpose of this construction.
Alsace is one of the richest provinces of France from a cultural point of view. Strasbourg is the capital of the region; it’s worth to start exploring its attractions with a visit to … Open
On the territory of Elsass, there are more than ten wonderful castles, some of which are aged over 700 years. One of the most famous castles is Koenigsbourg. It was built in 1147 and has been excellently preserved after a hundred years. The castle is located on the hilltop. It was reconstructed completely at the beginning of the 19th century. Now, you can take excursions around all the inner rooms of the fortress. After the excursion, you can explore the adjacent territory and admire its beauty. Here, you can see the fragments of strengthening walls. The hilltop has a fascinating view of the neighborhood.
One of the oldest castles in the region is Château Haut-Barr built in 1100. It is located in the surroundings of Saverne. This medieval castle is located on the hilltop too. It has a view of historical city streets and main attractions. The most extraordinary castle from an architectural point of view is Château du Fleckenstein built in 1165. It resembles a boat with its outlines. The length of the castle is 52 m.
This picturesque province never ceases to attract connoisseurs of fine French wine. There is a tremendous amount of old wineries in Alsace. Ribeauville town surrounded by beautiful vineyards … Open
The acquaintance with food traditions of Elsass is very exciting too. The region is famous for its historical traditions of breadmaking. Many types of bread are baked here. In local bakeries, you can taste bread with olives, bacon, raisins, walnuts, and other unusual additives. The important food symbol of Elsass is Munster cheese, the recipe of which was created by the monks of the namesake abbey and had been kept secret for a long time. Gourmets come to Elsass to taste fois gras that is cooked in accordance with the unique recipe of the 17th century. The important peculiarity of the national cuisine is nourishing meat dishes.
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Map of all castles
Survived castles around Alsace
♥   Castle 'Château de Bernstein' Bas-Rhin, 3.1 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Castle 'Château de l’Ortenbourg' Bas-Rhin, 4.4 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Castle 'Château de Ramstein' Bas-Rhin, 4.7 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Castle 'Château de Kintzheim' Bas-Rhin, 8 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Castle 'Château de Frankenbourg' Bas-Rhin, 9 km from the center. On the map   Photo
Map of all parks
National and city parks around Alsace
♥   Regional Nature Park 'Ballons des Vosges' , 38.3 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Regional Nature Park 'Vosges du Nord' , 73 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   National Park 'Schwarzwald' , 81.3 km from the center. On the map   Photo
Map of all art museums
Art galleries in Alsace and around
♥   Art museum 'Unterlinden Museum' Colmar, 27.3 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Art museum 'Musée d art moderne et contemporain' Strasbourg, 36.2 km from the center. On the map   Photo

Sights around Alsace from our guide 'Extreme places on Earth'

Strasbourg Bains

From the series “Most Extraordinary Thermaes, Baths and Saunas in the World”
You can not only recover excellently and swim in a huge pool there. An excursion to the baths can replace a visit to the local museum. Numerous symbolic bas-reliefs, fine marble decorations and marvelous mosaics - you can see a lot of real works of art there. Tourists planning to visit Strasbourg Baths should take into account that taking pictures in the complex is prohibited. … Read further

Colmar

From the series “Nooks and Villages That Are More Colorful Than Top Touristic Destinations”
Colmar is often compared with Venice because of an abundance of channels. The city even has a scenic area called Little Venice that is one of the most visited tourist destinations. The main value of the town is a number of well-preserved medieval buildings, which makes it different from many other modern cities. The permanent symbols of Colmar are House of heads, the Church of St. Matthew, which was built in the 13th century, as well as the Dominican monastery, which is a unique monument of the 13th century. Colmar is a real open-air museum sharing its unique cultural and gastronomic traditions. … Read further
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