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As I write this post, France and Belgium are now confined to limit the pandemic spread. Spring is starting to appear and we are millions told to respect this compulsory confinement. It may be a sacrifice to my family but it is crucial not to make the country’s health situation even worse. Having said this, nothing is keeping us from travelling from our living-room… while staying safe at home. That’s why I propose to do with this selection of 50 photos of Spring in Alsace, hoping that they will cheer you up!

If this is the case, I invite you to leave a little comment at the bottom of the article… as always I’m happy to read from you! Until then take care and stay safe at home!

 

My most beautiful photos of Spring in Alsace

Photos of Spring in Alsace - Ferrette © French Moments
Photos of Spring in Alsace – Ferrette © French Moments

This little photographic journey across Alsace is not exhaustive. A big destination missing is Strasbourg. Although I visited the capital of Alsace on many occasions, I never thought bringing my camera with me… In fact, back then I was not into blogging and did not see the point of shooting Strasbourg in the spring… This is on my to-do-list but I’ll have to wait until Spring 2021 to make it happen! ?

>> Discover the region of Alsace on the blog!


Spring in the Alsace Wine Route

The Alsace Wine Route is arguably the most scenic route in all France. It is 170 kms long and crosses 73 villages and towns from Marlenheim (North) to Thann (South).

The touristic route was created in 1953 and criss-crosses the vineyards of Alsace with amazing views on the Rhine Plain and the Black Forest mountains in Germany.

Photos of Spring in Alsace - Haut-Koenigsbourg © French Moments
Haut-Koenigsbourg in Spring © French Moments

I love driving on the route while discovering charming villages nestled at the foot of the Vosges. Often, a ruined castle dominates the village with a cluster of half-timbered houses.

The following villages will give you an idea of the Spring atmosphere you could find there.

Photos of Spring in Alsace - Turckheim © French Moments
Spring in Turckheim © French Moments
Photos of Spring in Alsace - Riquewihr © French Moments
Photos of Spring in Alsace – Riquewihr © French Moments
Place du Chateau, Eguisheim © French Moments
Place du Chateau, Eguisheim © French Moments
Riquewihr 41 © French Moments
Half-timbered houses in Riquewihr © French Moments
General view of Andlau © French Moments
General view of Andlau © French Moments

>> Read my article on the Alsace Wine Route

Spring in Kaysersberg

It’s no secret that I’m very fond of Kaysersberg. This typical Alsatian village is one of my favourite places in the region. In 2012 we organised a French intensive course there from our French centre in Sydney, Australia. For two weeks we welcomed around 20 participants from Australia, the UK and the US.

Photos of Spring in Alsace - Kaysersberg © French Moments
Spring in Kaysersberg © French Moments

Since then, this place has become something like a pilgrimage site for me. Each time I come to the region of Colmar, I make sure to stop in Kaysersberg.

Photos of Spring in Alsace - Kaysersberg © French Moments
Kaysersberg and the Weiss River © French Moments

In the Spring, Kaysersberg is beautifully decorated for Easter. Unfortunately it is highly unlikely that we’ll get to admire the little medieval town this year… for sure we’ll wait until Spring 2021!

Photos of Spring in Alsace - Kaysersberg © French Moments
Photos of Spring in Alsace – Kaysersberg © French Moments

Here’s a view to the castle of Kaysersberg:

Photos of Spring in Alsace - Kaysersberg © French Moments
The castle of Kaysersberg © French Moments

>> Find out more about Kaysersberg


Spring in Hunawihr

Hunawihr is listed as one of France’s most beautiful villages. It is famous for its picture-postcard view: a fortified church dominates the vineyards.

Photos of Spring in Alsace - Hunawihr © French Moments
Photos of Spring in Alsace – Hunawihr © French Moments

This is indeed a beautiful setting that I really enjoyed to capture a few springs ago…

Hunawihr 57 copyright French Moments
The fortified church of Hunawihr above the vineyards © French Moments
Photos of Spring in Alsace - Hunawihr © French Moments
The fortified church of Hunawihr above the vineyards © French Moments

>> Discover Hunawihr and its fortified church

Spring in Bergheim

What I like in Bergheim is that it is not a major touristy hotspot like the nearby villages of Riquewihr and Ribeauvillé. It makes the discovery of the fortified village very enjoyable.

Photos of Spring in Alsace - Bergheim © French Moments
The fortifications of Bergheim © French Moments

Bergheim is worth a visit, if only for walking along the medieval wall.

Bergheim © French Moments
Bergheim © French Moments

This is a real flowery village typical of Alsace.

Bergheim © French Moments
Musical Notes for Spring © French Moments
Bergheim © French Moments
Spring is here! © French Moments

And if the sun is there, the half-timbered houses contrast in colour with the deep blue sky.

Bergheim © French Moments
Place du marché © French Moments

>> Discover Bergheim

Spring in Obernai

I love Obernai.

After the festive season of the Christmas market and a long Winter season, the little Alsatian town is reborn every spring. The Easter season is near and Obernai reveals magnificent floral arrangements to its visitors, in particular on place du Marché.

Obernai in the Spring © French Moments
Obernai in the Spring © French Moments

Walk around the medieval walls:

The ramparts of Obernai © French Moments
The ramparts of Obernai © French Moments

And if you have time, climb to the Mémorial National des Incorporés de Force. The belvedere offers a stunning panorama over Obernai, the plain of Alsace, Mont Sainte-Odile, and the Black Forest mountains in the distance. In good weather conditions you could see the spire of Strasbourg cathedral!

Obernai © French Moments
Obernai © French Moments

The view of mont Sainte-Odile in spring from the vineyards:

Mont Saint-Odile seen from the vineyards © French Moments
Mont Saint-Odile seen from the vineyards © French Moments

>> Discover the town of Obernai


Spring in Colmar

In all seasons, Colmar is a favourite destination. After the long winter months, the capital of Alsace Wines prepares itself to celebrate springtime with a superb Easter market, which echoes the Christmas market.

Easter market of Colmar © French Moments
Easter market of Colmar © French Moments

Then you are for a treat! Especially if you are fond of half-timbered houses, romantic waters of the Little Venice, floral arrangements…

Photos of Spring in Alsace - Colmar © French Moments
Photos of Spring in Alsace – Colmar © French Moments

In the spring, Colmar is a moveable feast!! And if you can make it for Spring 2021, you won’t be disappointed!

The Little Venice of Colmar seen from Pont St Pierre © French Moments
The Little Venice of Colmar seen from Pont St Pierre © French Moments

>> Read more about Colmar


Spring in the Sundgau

I’ve lived in the Sundgau for ten years. This is a rural region to the south of Alsace, on the Swiss border. It’s only in the recent years that I thought I should bring my camera and capture the different seasons of the year.

Spring in the countryside of Heidwiller

The following photos were taken while walking in the countryside of a village named Heidwiller.

The village of Heidwiller in the Sundgau © French Moments
The village of Heidwiller in the Sundgau © French Moments
Photos of Spring in Alsace - Heidwiller © French Moments
Photos of Spring in Alsace – Heidwiller © French Moments
Photos of Spring in Alsace - Heidwiller © French Moments
Photos of Spring in Alsace – Heidwiller © French Moments
Photos of Spring in Alsace - Heidwiller © French Moments
Near Heidwiller © French Moments
Photos of Spring in Alsace - Heidwiller © French Moments
The countryside of Heidwiller © French Moments

Spring in Hirtzbach

A few kilometres from Altkirch is the village of Hirtzbach.

Hirtzbach Spring © French Moments
Spring in the Sundgau © French Moments

There are magnificent trees in full bloom around the village: apple-trees, pear-trees and cherry-trees.

Photos of Spring in Alsace - Hirtzbach © French Moments
A magnificent cherry tree in Hirtzbach, Alsace © French Moments

Sometimes it looks a bit like being in Normandy!

Photos of Spring in Alsace - Hirtzbach © French Moments
Spring in Alsace – Hirtzbach © French Moments
Photos of Spring in Alsace - Hirtzbach, Alsace © French Moments
Hirtzbach in the Spring © French Moments

Details of an apple-tree in blossom:

Apple tree is full bloom, Hirtzbach, Alsace © French Moments
Apple tree is full bloom, Hirtzbach, Alsace © French Moments

Spring in Ferrette

The little town of Ferrette is set in the foothills of the Jura mountains. This area is called Jura alsacien (Alsatian Jura). Ferrette is a historical town dominated by the ruins of two medieval castles.

Photos of Spring in Alsace - Ferrette © French Moments
Photos of Spring in Alsace – Ferrette © French Moments
Photos of Spring in Alsace - Ferrette © French Moments
Photos of Spring in Alsace – Ferrette © French Moments
Photos of Spring in Alsace - Ferrette © French Moments
Half-timbered house in Ferrette © French Moments
Photos of Spring in Alsace - Ferrette © French Moments
A farm near Ferrette © French Moments

One should always takes his or her umbrella. A rainfall can happen at any time!

Photos of Spring in Alsace - Ferrette © French Moments
Calvary in Ferrette © French Moments

A little climb up to the castle!

Photos of Spring in Alsace - Ferrette © French Moments
The way to the castle of Ferrette © French Moments

The entrance to the castle:

Photos of Spring in Alsace - Ferrette © French Moments
Entrance to the castle of Ferrette © French Moments

The view from the castle over the village surrounded by greenery:

Photos of Spring in Alsace - Ferrette © French Moments
Photos of Spring in Alsace – Ferrette © French Moments

>> Discover the Sundgau to the South of Alsace


Spring in the Vosges

Finally, here’s a snapshot of springtime in the Vosges mountains.

Photos of Spring in Alsace - Vosges © French Moments
Photos of Spring in Alsace – the massif of Rossberg, Vosges © French Moments

In the mountain, spring comes much later than in the plain. However, when May comes, the Vosges offer some amazing landscapes with various shades of green. Here’s a few bucolic photos…

Photos of Spring in Alsace - Vosges © French Moments
Spring in the Vosges © French Moments
Photos of Spring in Alsace - Vosges © French Moments
Photos of Spring in Alsace – Vosges © French Moments
Photos of Spring in Alsace - Vosges © French Moments
In the Vosges © French Moments
Photos of Spring in Alsace - Vosges © French Moments
The Vosges in Spring © French Moments

The last photo shows the Vosges’ highest peak – Grand-Ballon seen from the plain of Alsace:

Grand Ballon from Soultz Haut Rhin © French Moments
Grand Ballon from Soultz Haut Rhin © French Moments

>> Find out more about the Vosges mountains


Find out more about Spring in Alsace

Read my articles on Alsace :

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Photos of Spring in Alsace - Kaysersberg © French Moments
Photos of Spring in Alsace – Kaysersberg © French Moments

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About the author

Pierre is a French/Australian who is passionate about France and its culture. He grew up in France and Germany and has also lived in Australia and England. He has a background teaching French, Economics and Current Affairs, and holds a Master of Translating and Interpreting English-French with the degree of Master of International Relations, and a degree of Economics and Management. Pierre is the author of the Discovery Course on the Secrets of the Eiffel Tower and the Christmas book "Voyage au Pays de Noël".

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  1. Pierre, your photos are stunning! I can smell the wonderful flowers and blossoms on the trees. Thank you so much for posting these. Like you, I’m a devoted francophile. My daughter and I spent four unforgettable days this past fall exploring Alsace. We used beautiful Riquewihr as our base and drove north or south every day. I’m taking the liberty of offering the link to the post I wrote, but now I want to return in the spring to experience it as it wakes up from winter! https://www.twoboomersabroad.com/post/a-magical-four-days-on-the-route-des-vins-in-alsace-france

    1. Thank you very much Ellen for your kind comment. I do miss Alsace in the spring (hence the article) and hope to be there as soon as this is over.
      Take care and à bientôt !

  2. Merci beaucorp Pierre! thank you so much! Alsace is beautiful in spring. I never had the chance to visit France yet; I was looking forward to visit the French Alps in May but had to cancel due to Covid-19 pandemic. Would you be able to provide pictures of Alsace and other beautiful regions of France in Autumn? Hopefully, Covid-19 is eradicated by then and I am coming! Thank you so much again Pierre!

  3. Bonjour ♥ ….Im from Sri Lanka and i like these French moments very much… photography is amazing and i enjoyed them well …. Sooo Thank you for sharing these types of things for your spectators …..

    And also don’t forget to be careful ….

    Au revoir…. ?

  4. Merci! En France Decembre – Paris et Monmatre. Alsace – soon. Will need to brush up on French before I go.

    Sorry to hear of France and also Spain now affected. We in the US are next. Am warning friends to stay in, however they don’t get it. As a nurse I do.

    Stay safe and inside.

    The pictures are lovely.

  5. Thank you so much Pierre for you beautiful photographs. Your posts on France are always a welcome addition to my e-mail inbox. You have brought me many pleasant moments and stirred my memories of my own travels in France. I am in Vancouver in Canada and we are now in lockdown mode as well so you contributions are a welcome way to move about in my mind. In the meantime, stay safe. Thanks again for you beautiful and informative posts.

    1. Merci beaucoup ! I’m glad to hear you enjoyed the photos – and the newsletter! Have a nice day and keep safe too in beautiful Vancouver! ?

  6. Thank you so much for these wonderful photos of beautiful Alsace. It’s clear that you love this place – and who wouldn’t! The images brightened my day as Australia is about to head into the southern hemisphere winter of Covid-19.
    May you and those you love stay well in this difficult time.

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