Pierre

The region of Alsace in north-eastern France is famous for its wine, its colourful half-timbered houses and its castles which sit enthroned on the summits of the Vosges mountains. Here are our Top 10 things to see in Alsace… the list is not exhaustive, as always it is a difficult (and sometimes subjective!) task to work on… If you want to find out more about a place, each title has a link which will lead you to one of our pages.


Top 10 things to see in Alsace

There is so much sites to discover in Alsace… and the task to list our Top 10 most favourite things to see in Alsace is quite a hard one. From the capital Strasbourg, home to one of France’s most beautiful Gothic cathedral, to the charming villages on the Wine Route, Alsace has undeniable historic and cultural assets that are unfortunately little known by English-speaking visitors to France.


1. Strasbourg: the old town and the cathedral

Strasbourg Old Town (rue Rohan) © French Moments
Strasbourg Old Town (rue Rohan) © French Moments

The Gothic cathedral of Strasbourg, once the world’s tallest man-made structure.


2. The picturesque Alsace Wine Route

The vineyards of Niedermorschwihr © French Moments
The vineyards of Niedermorschwihr on the Alsace Wine Route © French Moments

The vineyards of Thann, the South Gate to the Alsace Wine Route.


3. Colmar, capital of the Alsace Wines

Colmar in the Spring © French Moments
Colmar in the Spring © French Moments

Half-timbered houses in the historic centre of Colmar.


4. The Route des Crêtes of the Vosges

Grand Ballon 06 © French Moments
Grand Ballon in the Vosges © French Moments

The Grand-Ballon, the Vosges’ highest summit (1,424 m).


5. The Haut-Kœnigsbourg Castle

Alsace Castles - the Haut-Kœnigsbourg castle French Moments
Alsace Castles – the Haut-Kœnigsbourg castle French Moments

The Haut-Kœnigsbourg Castle, one of the regional emblem.


6. Wissembourg and the Northern Vosges

The 'Schlupf' district: the Little Venice of Wissembourg © French Moments
The ‘Schlupf’ district: the Little Venice of Wissembourg © French Moments

The central square of Wissembourg, a little town at the foot of the Northern Vosges and at the border with Germany.


7. Alsatian Christmas Markets

At the Christmas market of Wissembourg:

Wissembourg Christmas Market © French Moments
The Wissembourg Christmas Market © French Moments

8. The Ecomusée d’Alsace

At the Écomusée d’Alsace…

Christmas at the Ecomusée d'Alsace © French Moments
Christmas at the Ecomusée d’Alsace © French Moments

9. Mulhouse: city of many museums

General view of Mulhouse:

Mon Grand-Est, Mulhouse © French Moments
General view of Mulhouse © French Moments

10. The Sundgau to the South of Alsace

Mon Grand-Est
Pond in the Sundgau © French Moments

Find out more about Alsace.

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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