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Colors of Alsace - traditions, festivals, mentality and lifestyle

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 national souvenirs are the true embodiment of local traditions and customs; not everyone knows that the stork is a symbol of Alsace. You can see graceful and unhurried birds literally everywhere, including major cities of the region.
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 … Open
Interesting artifacts depicting storks remain the most popular gifts among foreign guests. Charming toys, graceful engravings, traditional magnets and amazingly delicious gingerbread can be incarnations of the local symbol. Here stork is associated with fidelity and happiness. If a bird has made a nest on the roof of the house, then it is considered a very good omen. However, this belief is common not only in Alsace.
Art lovers associate Alsace primarily with the work of Jean-Jacques Valetz, which is known to the general public as Annecy. Today, works of this outstanding cartoonist and illustrator are widely admired; he covered the brightest everyday topics in his works. Drawings of Uncle Annecy became an integral part of national folklore; they also decorate a variety of souvenirs. It’s quite simple to recognize pictures of this outstanding artist, as they usually feature plain rural scenery and a variety of genre scenes. Copyright www.orangesmile.com
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
Alsace has its unique culinary character, sweet kugelhopf, tasting like a classic cake. An important feature of this national delicacy is its original form, as the cake resembles a turban. According to one version, magicians have first cooked that pie in Ribeauville. A special cooking bakeware is popular among tourists as a souvenir; one of the local museums is dedicated to this popular staff. Those who wish to bring back from a trip some edible souvenirs have to pay attention to local gingerbread, pain d'epices; they are usually sold in very beautiful tin boxes.
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City tours, excursions and tickets in Alsace and surroundings

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Map of all churches
Cathedrals and basilicas near Alsace
♥   Cathédrale Saint-Dié, Saint-Dié-des-Vosges, 36.4 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Strasbourg, Strasbourg, 37.2 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Münster Unserer Lieben Frau, Freiburg, 47.1 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Basilique Notre-Dame de Thierenbach, Jungholtz, 52 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Basilique Notre-Dame, Marienthal, 58.2 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Basilique du Sacré-Cœur, Lutterbach, 63.1 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Église Sainte-Marie, Arlesheim, 63.9 km from the center. On the map   Photo
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
♥   Castle 'Château de Andlau' Bas-Rhin, 9 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Castle 'Château de Spesbourg' Bas-Rhin, 9.9 km from the center. On the map   Photo

Unique landmarks in Alsace and around

Chateau du Haut-Koenigsbourg

From the series “The greatest France castles ”
You can visit the medieval château du Haut-Koenigsbourg in the town of Selestat. It is surrounded by a large park on top of a hill. It is difficult to assume that the castle was built a little over a hundred years ago looking at this castle today. The fortress was built in the Middle Ages. It lay in ruins in the 19th century. It was completely restored for Kaiser Wilhelm II. … Read further

Europa Park

From the series “The Most Fantastic Amusement Parks in the World”
In the surroundings of the German city of Rust is Europa-Park, which receives 4 million visitors annually. The opening of the park took place in 1975. Europa Park is one of the few major parks in the world that are open for visiting all year round. Europa-Park is the full-fledged shone where you can find not only the attractions, but also the first-class hotels, the restaurants of different levels and the shops. … Read further
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Traditions and festivals in cities around Alsace

Cityguide on traditions, mentality and lifestyle of people in Alsace. Learn the best periods to visit Alsace to discover its soul - authentic festivals, events and celebrations. We will also reveal the interesting habits, attitude towards the world and to tourists in Alsace.
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