8 must-do things to do in Riquewihr

Riquewihr village

Visiting Riquewihr in Alsace? Then check out the 8 must-see things to do in France’s most beautiful village!

Located in the heart of the Alsace wine route, Riquewihr is classified as one of France’s most beautiful villages. The village is famous for its many half-timbered houses, beautifully preserved and decorated with flowers, its ramparts and other pearls of historical heritage. Its location in the middle of the vineyards gives it a real charm! Planning to discover this charming Alsatian village? Then here are the 8 must-see things to do in Riquewihr during your stay!

1. Rue du général de Gaulle

Rue du general de Gaulle Riquewihr

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If you’re planning a visit to Riquewihr, we recommend you start with Rue du Général de Gaulle. This street starts at the foot of the Hôtel de Ville, dating from 1808, and runs all the way to the Dolder, the town’s former belfry.

It is lined with magnificent houses. At n°13, for example, you can admire a beautiful 16th-century oriel house. At no. 14, you’ll also see the tallest half-timbered house in Alsace! Before arriving at the Dolder, take a look at the former Hôtel de Berkheim, at n°37.

2. The Dolder

Dolder riquewihr

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At the end of Rue du Général de Gaulle stands one of Riquewihr’s most emblematic landmarks. The Dolder was once the gateway to the town.

Built at the same time as the town wall in the 13th century, it was once used to defend the town with its watchtower on top of the belfry. Dolder means « highest point » in Alsatian.

Today, three of its floors house the local Museum of Popular Art and Tradition. Here you can admire a collection of weapons from the 15th and 17th centuries, various tools and objects related to the wine-making professions, family documents and souvenirs.

At last, the monument gives a good idea of how solid the ramparts were at the time!

3. Württemberg Castle

Chateau montbéliard

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The village is surrounded by numerous castles. If you come to visit Riquewihr, you won’t want to miss out on these ancient structures.

The first, the former château of the Counts of Montbéliard-Wurtemberg, was built under Georges de Wurtemberg in the mid-16th century.

Today, it houses the Musée de la Communication en Alsace. The museum traces the history of the post office and telecommunications, from the Romans to T.S.F.

4. The Thieves’ Tower Museum

Musée de la tour des voleurs

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The Tour des voleurs was once the city’s old dungeons. Standing 18 meters high, it houses a period dungeon, complete with torture chamber and guard’s room.

Now a museum, it is open to the public. In addition to the rooms and objects mentioned above, you’ll discover a temporary exhibition on the theme of « Alsace’s return to France from 1918 to 1925 ».

5. Uncle Hansi’s house

Maison de l'oncle hansi

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One of the must-visit museums in Riquewihr is the House of Uncle Hansi. Hansi, whose real name was Jean-Jacques Waltz, was a true ambassador of Alsatian folk traditions.

Born in Colmar in 1873, he became famous for his illustrations, caricatures and watercolors, drawn and painted throughout his life. They depict an Alsace proud of its traditions, terroir and products.

Don’t miss out on a visit to discover and admire a whole range of Alsatian art and culture!

6. The remains of Bilstein Castle

château de Bilstein

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As mentioned above, Riquewihr boasts several castles. Unfortunately, this Château de Bilstein has not survived the ravages of time and war in the region.

The fortress ruins lie to the south of the Strengbach valley, between the Col du Haut de Ribeauvillé and the Sainte-Marie-aux-Mines valley. They stand on a rocky ridge of the Schlossberg at an altitude of 700 metres.

Visiting them is a good excuse for a charming hike and, above all, a magnificent panorama!

7. The remains of Reichenstein castle

Château de Reichenstein

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As with Château de Bilstein, discovering the remains of Château de Reichenstein is a great way to explore the Riquewihr countryside!

This historic monument once served as a base for the Reichenstein bandits. Destroyed in 1269 by Rudolf of Habsburg, only a few ruins bear witness to the fortress’s existence.

8. Wine-related activities

Vin riquewhir

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Wine cellars and small producers

If you’re visiting Riquewihr, you can’t miss some of the village’s charming wine cellars! Whether you’re a wine lover or not, be sure to push open the front door of a cellar or winery.

Alsace can also be discovered through its wine, and Riquewihr as a famous wine village offers sublime products.

In terms of addresses, we recommend Domaine Agapé, Domaine de la Tour Blanche and Maison Zimmer.

The Winegrowers’ Trail

Visitors to Riquewihr should also take the « Les Perles du Vignoble » Grands Crus wine trail. This runs through the communes of Beblenheim, Bennwihr, Hunawihr, Mittelwihr, Riquewihr and Zellenberg.

The walk is signposted and instructive, with explanations on the work of the vine and the production of Alsatian wines.

Strolling through the heart of Alsace’s vineyards, you’ll also enjoy sublime panoramic views!

How to get to Riquewihr

Located in the Haut-Rhin department, Riquewihr is less than thirty minutes from Colmar. The village can be reached by bus from this major Alsatian city.

  • By bus, you can take lines 106 A and B, which run from Colmar through Riquewihr to Ribeauvillé center;
  • There is also a TER bus service from Sélestat station to Riquewihr, which runs on Sundays and public holidays;
  • To plan your bus journeys, you can use the Fluo Grand Est website.

Colmar is easily reached by car, train or bus from any other major French city:

  • From Paris or Reims, for example, you can take the A4 and then the N4 to Nancy;
  • Colmar can then be reached via the N59, N159 and N83;
  • From Besançon, take theA36 to Mulhouse, then theA35.

Where to stay in Riquewihr?

If you’re planning to visit Riquewihr, you’re obviously wondering where to stay. Fortunately, the village has no shortage of accommodation options! Spending a night or a week visiting Riquewihr is obviously an excellent idea. To find the solution that suits you best, don’t hesitate to use a hotel comparator.

You can choose to stay in a beautiful hotel or a charming, authentic gîte. You can also opt for a homestay via Airbnb, or a flower-filled campsite!

Map of hotels and accommodation – Grand Est