In every season and on every occasion, Alsace is amazing: at times gloriously gourmet, festive and cultural, and at other times simply natural and vibrant, but above all else, always welcoming! France’s smallest region, Alsace is constantly renewed by its changing beauty! All year round, Alsace awaits: come explore this rich and colourful region!
Alsace is the smallest region in France and now belongs to the Grand Est region along with Chamagne-Ardennes and Lorraine. Alsace is located on France’s eastern border and on the west bank of the upper Rhine adjacent to Germany and Switzerland. The capital, as well as largest city of Alsace is Strasbourg. Historically speaking, Alsace was part of the German-speaking area of central Europe, and to this day a large proportion of the population, of all generations, speak or understand Alsacian, a dialectal form of German closely resembling the German spoken in Switzerland. It’s Germanic heritage can be seen in its attractive villages of brightly-painted, steep-roofed and half-timbered houses. Alsace also has some of the most beautiful cathedrals and churches in Western Europe. Attractions in Alsace include the stunning Strasbourg Cathedral, a unique example of a mix of Roman and Gothic architecture and has the peculiarity of having one tower only and of being built with pink Vosges gres. The local culture is distinct, and the region offers historic cities and castles, and interesting countryside. A popular itinerary is the Alsatian Vineyard Route – fabulous for walking from town to town sampling the local wines.
See also: Attractions in Alsace
Colmar is situated in the Grand Est region of France and is also the seat of the highest jurisdiction in Alsace, the appellate court. It is situated along the Alsatian Wine Route and considers itself to be the “Capital of Alsatian Wine” (capitale des vins d’Alsace). Colmar is the home town of the painter and engraver Martin Schongauer and the sculptor Frédéric Bartholdi, who designed the Statue of Liberty.
Kaysersberg is a town on the Alsace Wine Route in north-eastern France. The name means Emperor’s Mountain in German. Kaysersberg is considered one of the most beautiful cities on the wine route. The high fortress that dominates the city serves as a reminder of both its strategic importance and its warlike past
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