The Best of Alsace - in Photos

Posted on 21. Apr, 2014 by in Destinations, Europe Travel, France, Photo Posts

Alsace in Photos

Few places in the world can boast holding such authenticity, history, mixed influences and all-around gorgeousness. Alsace is one of those – the mysterious region north-east of France that was the subject of many fights between Germany and France throughout the centuries, hence its diverse heritage. Between the quaint villages, the scenery, the castles and the wineries, Alsace has a whole lot more to offer than just postcard-like prettiness.

Alsace in Photos - Quaint Villages

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This is a high-perched view of Kaysersberg from the watchtower of the village’s old castle, a place that is admittedly one of the most picturesque places in the region (from way high up or ground level). The view from the other side of the watchtower – vineyards spreading as far as the eye can see. So. Much. Wine!

Colmar is a beautiful small town filled with traditional architecture, pedestrian streets and canals. I was only there for one night, but it was quite photogenic at twilight during a post-dinner stroll through the old town.

Alsace in Photos

One of the most photographed streets in Alsace: the main street of Riquewihr. Understandably so! The village is famous for its authentic buildings that have been around since the 16th century – locals even go as far as saying that if it wasn’t for cameras and cell phones, it would feel exactly the same as it did 400 years ago. No wonder Riquewihr was classified as one of the “Most Beautiful Villages in France”… this photo speaks for itself!

Alsace in Photos

While not technically a quaint village but very charming nonetheless, Strasbourg is often the starting or finishing point of a roadtrip through Alsace. The pinkish front gate at the Cathedral of Our Lady of Strasbourg -which, upon completion, was the highest structure in the world- and remained so for well over 200 years. It is today the highest still-standing structure built entirely in the Middle Ages.

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Picture-perfect, much?  The Petite France neighbourhood of Strasbourg is the most touristic and with reason. Some of the half-timbered buildings date as far back as the 1500s when the area was a major commercial platform for tanning houses and slaughterhouses. In fact,few places are more romantic for a post-dinner, late evening night stroll along the canal than Petite France in Strasbourg.

Alsace in Photos - Food & Wine

The local delicacies at a glance: Sauerkraut, Riesling wine, and gratin, a dish made of potatoes, cream, mushrooms, bacon and grated cheese.

Alsace in Photos

The Alsace region is home to 637 different kinds of protected label wines – essentially whites, notably dry Rieslings and aromatic Gewürztraminers. It is possible to visit most of the wineries when in season, as well as taste and buy wines.

Some vineyards will even let you wander around freely between the vines, exploring at your own pace.

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4 Responses to “The Best of Alsace - in Photos”

  1. Amanda

    23. Apr, 2014

    It looks so cute and pretty! I love that first village shot of the fields on the hillside - it’s so gorgeous!

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    • Marie-Eve Vallieres

      23. Apr, 2014

      Alsace is one of the cutest places I’ve visited. Villages are just begging to be photographed!

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  2. Cheryl Howard

    23. Apr, 2014

    Wow, so very pretty! Love the pic of the vibrant green hills.

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