A Weekend In Fairytale-like Alsace – France

A Weekend In Fairytale-like Alsace – France

Before making the plan to visit Alsace in France, I had literally no idea that this region existed. However, thanks to the powers of Google Maps, and making a roadtrip to somewhere within a radius of a 5 hour drive, I stumbled upon the village of Strasbourg. Which I soon found out wasn’t only a very important city for the European union but as well the beginning of the Alsace wine route.

Bam. Decided. Pretty cities, a drive through a Tuscany-like side of France and a lot of wine. My trip was planned.

So for the course of four days, in the first weekend after planning this trip (kinda last minute, I know), we drove around the vineyards of said-region, explored the little villages that decorate the wine route, tasted the wine my father recommended and basically.. enjoyed a spontaneous little mini vacation in a region that never crossed my mind before.

This trip I’ve really learned that you don’t have to go far to find gems.

Now that I know of it’s existence, I would love to drive back one more time and explore the region a bit more. 4 Days is enough to see the highlights, but nearly not enough to see everything of the region.

The chance of you not knowing about the Alsace region is present, I guess. So that is why today I am going to introduce you to this pretty little part of North-East France and quickly show you a couple (a couple) of photos I took during the weekend.

Enjoy, and thank me later.

Small introduction before we start

The Alsace Region is situated in the North-East part of France. It’s the home of the bigger city of Strasbourg, as well as magical castles, petite villages and touristic highlight Colmar (which isn’t called Little Venice without a reason). It takes you one fairly quick scenic route to head down the wine route whilst exploring the little corners of the region.

During our visit we explored Strasbourg, Riquewihr, Colmar, Koningsberg and the Haut-Koeningsbourg Castle.. and a couple of vineyards in between.

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View over Strasbourg

View over Strasbourg

Surprisingly, while we stayed in Lipsheim (right below Strasbourg), and while Strasbourg normally should be the main attraction of the Alsace region, I haven’t made a lot of photos of Strasbourg. One, because I got my first introduction to the city at night, when I didn’t bring my camera with me. Second, because during the second visit to the city I mostly spend my time eating (I mean, of course), and shopping (again: of course). No time to photograph when a girl is shopping.

Strasbourg is pretty though, and I am going to give you all of my recommendations in a different blogpost (mostly about food).

Not now.

I like to keep things exciting.

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Haut-Koenigsbourg Castle One of the stops you have to make when visiting the Alsace Region is the Haut-Koeningsbourg Castle. I mean, you're in France, so you're bound to see a castle sooner or later. Haut Koeningsbourg is impressive enough as it is already, but the view.. that's what's most magical about this place.

Haut-Koenigsbourg Castle

One of the stops you have to make when visiting the Alsace Region is the Haut-Koeningsbourg Castle. I mean, you're in France, so you're bound to see a castle sooner or later. Haut Koeningsbourg is impressive enough as it is already, but the view.. that's what's most magical about this place.

Welcome to Riquewihr!

The smallest, cutest and charming village of the Alsace region

Mountain detours

The second day we drove through the region of Alsace we changed course and headed into the hills (or mountains) of the region. Endless, priceless views over France, quiet roads and impressive nature took me by surprise. A detour that was definitely worth it!

 

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Say hello to Kaysersberg!

My personal favorite of the Alsace Region

Our final stop

Colmar

While not a big world city, or not really ‘known’ amongst the big audience, it surprised me how many (international) visitors we found in Colmar. For the entire time we walked through the little village we stumbled upon big tour- and walking groups following their guides through the little streets that define the city center.

Colmar is pretty. While similar to other cities of the region Colmar is more colorful, filled with brightly painted houses, flowers and trees. I wasn’t disappointed. And even though I fell for the charmes of this little, cheerful, fairytale-like town it wasn’t my favorite. Tourists obviously define the center of the city which makes it feel a lot more commercial than the other villages of the region.

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  • So glad you discovered (and enjoyed) Alsace! We went to Strasbourg to visit the Christmas Markets one year and planned a day trip along the wine route and absolutely fell in love. Since it’s much lesser known than Tuscany, we consider Alsace one of our ‘secret places’ and love reading about other people visiting as well. Colmar and Strasbourg are both lovely but the tiny villages in between are truly special 🙂

    • thetouristoflife

      Oh I would LOVE to visit Alsace during Christmas! That would be so magical. True, I loved the less touristic villages in between, and of course the road to get there;-)

  • Absolutely lovely! I am thinking about planning a trip to Alsace in winter…. hopefully it’ll also be very pretty then. Love your pics!

    • thetouristoflife

      Thank you! It’s really pretty, if you’re going in winter, I’m coming with haha;-)

  • Absolutely beautiful! The pics from all of these places look just amazing. Sounds like you had fun 🙂 To be honest, I never even heard about these places but this is kind of making me want to go and visit…

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    • thetouristoflife

      I’ve never heard about it before too! It’s funny how such a beautiful place is so close to you, without you even knowing it!

  • I have never heard of this region either and I visit France quite regularly haha. Loving this post, it looks and sounds like a very nice and interesting place!

    x Annabelle
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  • It looks so beautiful, and truly like a fairytale. I’ve heard of Alsace but I’ve never really seen photos of it before.

  • Gorgeous! I was in Alsace this time last year and it was a real treat.

  • The pictures look amazing.