Between the Vosges, the Black Forest and the Rhine you can travel the Alsace wine route to discover this neighboring region of Germany which, with its eventful history, makes you discover its plains, its typical towns and villages and of course its vineyard . Did you know that Alsace is the smallest region in France? It is nonetheless very dynamic, and welcomes many tourists every year.
The richness of the Alsatian cultural and historical heritage is recognized throughout the world. It is good to live there, the landscapes are varied, and the local gastronomy is delicious.
- 1 What are the 6 must-see places to visit, an asset of the Alsace wine route?
- 2 How to discover Alsace
What are the 6 must-see places to visit, an asset of the Alsace wine route?
Here is our selection of the places we liked the most in Alsace. This list is not exhaustive of course, but you will get an overview of the most visited places, and rightly so! Enough to give you ideas for planning your stay and your itinerary.
The old Colmar
Very close to the Vosges mountains, Colmar is the capital of Haut-Rhin. Right in the middle of the Alsace Wine Route, this is an ideal getaway for those who want to discover the typical Alsatian architecture: the famous half-timbered houses and their half-timbered frames. You can stroll between the terraces and the traditional wine cellars in the Quartier des Tanneurs and rue des Marchands. A true institution, the Pfister house, built in 1537, is a historical monument, symbol of the architectural Renaissance.
The commune of Neuf-Brisach
Built by the architect Vauban at the time of Louix XIV in 1699 , this ancient stronghold in the shape of a star is by its architecture unique in Europe. Its fortifications and ramparts are intact, a true masterpiece that will delight lovers of architecture and history.
Strasbourg and its cathedral
When you think of the charming Alsatian capital, it’s impossible not to imagine passing there without entering its large Gothic cathedral. The city offers a wide range of activities to do with family or friends, as well as many places for foodies and wine lovers. Our favorite: the Grande Île de Strasbourg, listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
This fortified castle located in Orschwiller in the Bas-Rhin dominates the plains of Alsace. Formerly owned by the German Empire in 1919, Alsace and France recovered it in 1956 following the Treaty of Versailles. With more than 500,000 visitors each year, it is a must-see in the region. You can immerse yourself in the era of the Dukes of Alsace by discovering its courtyards, its dungeon, the weapon room or the Kaiser’s room.
How to discover Alsace
In addition to hiking or biking on the many trails and cycle paths that line the Grand-Est, there is an alternative that will delight everyone. Those who love the city, nature, or small villages and even castles will appreciate the Alsace Wine Route.
The legendary Alsace wine route, festive and picturesque, is one of the most beautiful ways to discover the region. The Alsatian vineyard stretches the entire length of the region from Wissembourg to Mulhouse via Strasbourg and Colmar for about 170km.
You will find on your route many areas to visit. The vineyards, which work every day to preserve their precious vines, will share with you the region’s millennial history, their traditions and their love of the land. And of course, their wine, for example by reserving a Visit and Tasting in Alsace activity.
What grape varieties are used in Alsace?
Fine, elegant and rich in aromas, Alsace wines surprise you with their diversity. This region with an ideal climate for growing white wine in particular gives rise to 7 different grape varieties:
- Pinot Gris
- Pinot noir (the only red variety from Alsace)
- Pinot Blanc
More than 50 Grands Crus make up the richness of Alsace wines. 3 AOCs (Appellations d’Origine Contrôlée) help you to find your bearings during your visits: the Appellation “Alsace”, “Alsace Grand Cru” or even “Crémant d’Alsace” (a blend of grape varieties giving a sparkling wine, produced according to a traditional method similar to Champagne).
Cellars and estates to visit on your Alsace Wine Route
Visits, wine-making workshops, food and wine pairing, or even a walk in the vineyard, you are spoiled for choice regarding your activities during your wine tourism stay in Alsace. Le chai bioclimatique Achillea offers, for example, a tasting of 5 wines from their atypical production at the foot of the Vosges hills after a visit to their estate. The view over the vines is simply breathtaking!
In Gertwiller, the ZEYSSOLF family welcomes you to their cellar dating from 1850. A place steeped in history perpetuated by a family of winegrowers for more than 3 centuries, who today offer you to taste their specialty: Pinot Gris “Rose Or the Klevener of Heiligenstein. You can find it along the Alsace wine route.
You will find our selection of winegrower partners in all the region and the main cities of Alsace (Strasbourg, Colmar, Riquewihr, etc.) who welcome you all year round for a unique moment of sharing, high in flavor and rich in memories. To book, all you need to do is select the criteria that suit you in a few clicks. Without booking fees, Winalist is the platform you need to choose your activities oenological all over Alsace and Europe.