Welcome to Alsace
A European crossroads between Vosges and the Rhine
Between the Germanic and Latin worlds, Alsace is a mosaic of hills, mountains and plains, dotted with castles, vineyards and traditional villages like Riquewihr and Hunspach. The Regional Natural Park of Ballons des Vosges is perfect for hiking, as is the Regional Natural Park of North Vosges.
A region passionate about its history
Alsace is firmly anchored in modern Europe. The region has a number of towns full of character, which are among the most beautiful in all of France and have preserve a strong identity based on a particular way of life.
In the charming city of , which is home to the famous Notre-Dame Cathedral, lovers may stroll along the banks of the river in the Petite France neighborhood, while culture buffs may explore the many museums including the Strasbourg Fine Arts Museum.
The city of Colmar also promises a trip that is filled with discoveries, from the cultural wealth of the Unterlinden Museum to the picturesque charm of the town of Little Venice, and the medieval 16th-century Maison Pfister.
There is also the city of Mulhouse, which hosts the National Automobile Museum, Train City railway museum and the Zoological and Botanical Gardens.
Alsace recounts the ups and downs of its history within the Vauban Museum, the , the Hohlandsbourg Castle, as well as at the Mont Sainte-Odile Monastery.
The Alsace region is also the home of gourmet specialties, one more appetizing than the next. The history of gingerbread is the focus of the Museum of Ginger Bread and Folk Art as well as the Ginger Bread Palace. The winstubs (Alsatian restaurants), particularly those awarded Alsace Stars, offer traditional menus with dishes like the kouglof, the baeckeofe, the tarte flambée, (flammekueche) and dishes made with the famous Munster cheese. The Alsace Wine Route along with the Museum of Vineyards and Alsatian Wines reveals the secrets and flavors of the sylvaner, pinot blanc, noir or gris, riesling and gewürztraminer, Not forgetting the beer and brasseries.
A medley of events
The region’s traditions of gastronomy and craft-making are often on display at one of the many outdoor fairs: The Alsace Wine Fair, The Mulhouse Fair, and the Strasbourg European Fair. This rich medley of events culminates with the grand Strasbourg Christmas Market, the oldest in France. In fact, during the Advent, the magic of Christmas takes over all of Alsace under Saint Nicolas’ tutelage.
Passionate about art and culture? The International Festival of Colmar, Léz'arts scéniques, or Pisteurs d'étoiles will thrill you. Alsace is also ideal for family outings: the Bioscope, the Eagle Park or Monkey Mountain appeal to both children and adults.
Unique gastronomy, world famous wines, charming villages, wonderful hospitality: Alsace has the very best to offer, all within a beautiful setting.