Alsace-Lorraine: Places to Explore


  • Andlau

    This small, yet important, wine town in the Andlau river valley is surrounded by the Vosges mountains. Its historic center has several noteworthy houses dating from the 15th to 18th centuries;...

  • Barr

    Surrounded by vineyards that harvest some of the finest vintages of Sylvaner and Gewurztraminer wines, Barr is a thriving, semi-industrial town that has some charming narrow streets lined with...

  • Colmar

    Forget that much of Colmar's architecture is modern (because of the destruction wrought by World Wars I and II): its Vieille Ville heart—an atmospheric maze of narrow streets lined with...

  • Dambach-la-Ville

    Dambach-la-Ville—the largest wine-producing village along the Alsace Wine Road—is protected by ramparts and three imposing 13th-century gateways. It's particularly rich in half-timber,...

  • Domrémy-la-Pucelle

    Joan of Arc was born in a cottage here in either 1411 or 1412. You can see her birthplace, as well as the church where she was baptized, the actual statue of St. Marguerite before which she...

  • Épinal

    On the Moselle River at the feet of the Vosges, Épinal, a printing center since 1735, is famous throughout France for boldly colored prints, popular illustrations, and hand-colored stencils.

  • Haut-Koenigsbourg

    One of the most popular spots in Alsace is the romantic, crag-top castle of Haut-Koenigsbourg, originally built as a fortress in the 12th century.

  • Mont-Ste-Odile

    Rising 2,500 feet, Mont-Ste-Odile has been an important religious and military site for 3,000 years.

  • Nancy

    For architectural variety, few French locales match this one in the heart of Lorraine, 300 km (190 miles) east of Paris. Medieval ornamentation, 18th-century grandeur, and Belle Époque fluidity...

  • Obernai

    Many visitors begin their trip down the Route du Vin at Obernai, a thriving, colorful Renaissance market town named for the patron saint of Alsace. Head to the central town enclosed by the...

  • Ribeauvillé

    The beautiful half-timber town of Ribeauvillé, surrounded by rolling vineyards and three imposing châteaux, produces some of the best wines in Alsace. (The Trimbach family has made Riesling and...

  • Riquewihr

    With its unique once-upon-a-timeliness, Riquewihr is the Wine Route's pièce de résistance and a living museum of old Alsace's quaint architecture. Its steep main street, ramparts, and winding...

  • Sélestat

    Sélestat, midway between Strasbourg and Colmar, is a lively, historic town with a Romanesque church and a library of medieval manuscripts (the latter of which will be closed for renovations until...

  • Strasbourg

    Although it’s in the heart of Alsace, 490 km (304 miles) east of Paris, and draws appealingly on Alsatian gemütlichkeit (coziness), Strasbourg is a cosmopolitan French cultural center and the...

  • Vaucouleurs

    Above the modest main street in the market town of Vaucouleurs, you can see ruins of Robert de Baudricourt's medieval castle and the Porte de France. The barefoot Maid of Orléans spent several...


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