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, high-roof houses from the 17th and 18th centuries, clustered mainly around Place du Marché (Market Square). Also on the square is the 16th-century Hôtel de Ville. As you walk the charming streets, notice the wrought-iron signs and rooftop oriels.
When there was every reason in the world to stay away and see the ruins, one woman traveled to Greece to get to work.More