The 12 most beautiful villages in Alsace

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Nearly fifteen million tourists visit Alsace and its most beautiful villages every year. Why shouldn’t you?

Alsace is famous for its unique blend of German, French and Swiss cultures. Nations which, over the centuries, have all controlled parts of the region. That’s why, today, Alsace is characterized above all by its great cultural diversity. Vineyards, half-timbered houses, historic museums, Gothic cathedrals: this region offers a complete change of scenery. If you’d like to learn a little more about Alsace and its must-sees, discover the 12 most beautiful villages in Alsace. Traveler’s tip: follow the order indicated to survey Alsace from bottom (Colmar) to top (via Strasbourg).

1. Eguisheim

Eguisheim

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Stroll through Eguisheim’s flower-filled medieval streets. Then discover the Three Castles of Haut-Eguisheim. Built between the 11th and 12th centuries, these three foundations stand on a wooded hill. Once on the Schlossberg hill, you’ll enjoy a breathtaking view of Eguisheim. What’s more, it’s one of the most beautiful villages in France.

Did you know? The stork is the symbol of Alsace. To find out more about this majestic bird, visit the Eguisheim stork park.

2. Kaysersberg

Balades autour de Strasbourg : Kaysersberg

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Already here or planning to visit Alsace’s most beautiful villages this year? Visit the Musée du Bois to learn all about the trades of yesteryear, then take the Wine Route! It winds its way through Alsace for more than 170 kilometers, introducing you to a whole new range of flavors.

In fact, five communes in the Kaysersberg valley are on the wine route: Ammerschwihr, Katzenthal, Kaysersberg, Kientzheim and Sigolsheim. Dare to meet winegrowers to learn about their know-how and open a bottle for the occasion. But be sure to drink in moderation!

3. Riquewihr

Plus beaux villages du Grand Est : Riquewihr

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Riquewihr is also on the Alsace wine route. On foot or by bike, with your family or on your own, discover Riquewihr’s rich heritage. Visit an art glassworks and discover the key stages in the manufacture of handmade glass. Sip a delicious glass of wine in one of the village’s tasting rooms. Finally, take a ride on horseback, a gyropod or an electric scooter for a whole new experience.

Alsace vacation tip: the Pass’Alsace! This contactless card gives you access to 56 of Alsace’s most beautiful sites. It can be used for one, two or three days, depending on the length of your stay. Buying it or giving it as a gift to friends to encourage them to visit Alsace is an original and economical idea.

4. Zellenberg

Zellenberg

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Just two kilometers from Riquewihr lies the small wine-growing village of Zellenberg. Perched on a 285-metre-high hill, this picturesque village is well worth a visit. Once there, visit the tourist office. You can then choose between a walking tour (with map) or a guided tour. Guided tours are available from mid-July to mid-September. They include a guided walk along the wine trail by a winemaker, a visit to the cellar and a wine tasting session.

5. Hunawihr

Plus beaux villages du Grand Est : Hunawihr

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Meet the 500 inhabitants of Hunawihr and discover its beautiful fortified church. Blue, yellow or green: the facades and shutters of the winegrowers’ houses. These are just some of the reasons why Hunawihr has earned its place on this list of the 12 most beautiful villages in Alsace. Not far from the town center is the stork and otter park and the exotic butterfly garden. For your information, the animal park covers five hectares and the botanical park is not to be outdone!

Allow at least a day to admire the wildlife and lush vegetation of this little corner of the world.

6. Ribeauvillé

Villages d'Alsace : Ribeauvillé

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This medieval town is particularly famous for its three castles, whose ruins dominate the surrounding hills. Follow the forest paths up the mountainside, and you’ll come across Château Saint Ulrich and Château du Girsberg. Climb even higher and you’ll reach Château du Haut-Ribeaupierre. Admire their ramparts for a few moments before retracing your steps. Ribeauvillé also has a number of buildings to visit: the Butchers’ Tower, the Town Hall, the House of the Minstrels…

Culture: Ribeauvillé is home to the oldest Alsatian festival. The « Pfifferdaj » honors the brotherhood of minstrels of Alsace, who met to elect the king.

7. Bergheim

Villages d'Alsace : Bergheim

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No, no, no! « Bergheim is not a well-known Berlin club. It’s one of the most beautiful villages in Alsace. Unlike the German nightclub Berghain, the village of Bergheim is still well protected from tourists.

Enjoy the peace and quiet of this village for a few days. Take advantage of your getaway to contemplate the vineyard slopes, overlooked by the Château du Haut-Koenigsbourg. Take a look at the beautiful main street and town hall of this charming village. Finally, end your visit with a tasting of Églantines jams. A real delight!

8. Sélestat

Balades autour de Strasbourg : Sélestat

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Sélestat is famous for its humanist library and its extensive collection of works dating from the 11th to the 16th century. This ancient Alsatian village is also home to some beautiful Renaissance-style houses. Once there, you can also admire the Romanesque church of Sainte-Foy and the Gothic church of Saint-Georges.

In Sélestat, sporting activities are everywhere. If you’re looking for a sporting activity while on vacation in Alsace, head for the Remparts swimming pool. Aquagym and aquabiking sessions are on offer all summer long! For a moment of relaxation in the heart of nature, the Grubfeld leisure area awaits you. This green 13.1-hectare area is ideal for jogging or walking. You’ll also find a skate park, soccer pitches, a fitness trail and a bowling green.

Bored while discovering Alsace’s most beautiful villages? You won’t!

9. Dambach-la-Ville

Villages d'Alsace : Dambach-la-Ville

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Set amidst 470 hectares of vineyards, Dambach-la-ville is a medieval town worth seeing. Once there, you’re likely to get lost in the village’s many twists and turns. To get straight to the point, head for the three imposing fortified gates that protect the village. Then climb to the top of the Saint-Sébastien chapel to admire the surrounding vineyards. Then head for the vineyards for a bucolic stroll.

Finally, visit a wine cellar and taste Alsace’s seven grape varieties. What a constructive day!

10. Andlau

Villages d'Alsace : Andlau

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Don’t miss a thing when you visit Andlau! Admire its Romanesque jewel: the abbey church of Sainte Richarde. And don’t forget to take a guided tour to learn all about the history of this typical Alsatian village. For picnics with family or friends, the Richemond park is the place to be. You’ll be able to take a breath of fresh air, and your children will have access to a play area. A park that’s not short of air!

At around 4pm, a gourmet break is in order. Here’s a good address: the Rietsch tearoom. We’ll let you discover its delicacies for yourself. Finally, and to finish on a cultural note, discover the Ateliers de la Seigneurie, a museum of Alsatian heritage. Exceptional temporary exhibitions and regular events are on offer. A must for history buffs and curious French people alike.

11. Mittelbergheim

Mittelbergheim

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Mittelbergheim is one of Alsace’s most beautiful villages. Its style and unity are remarkable. Quite simply, to visit Mittelbergheim is to step back in time to the 17th century. Every stone and every building tells its own story. Meet the locals and the winegrowers. Here, wine is more than a passion, it’s a way of life. It’s an invitation to warmth and conviviality. If you haven’t done so already, knock on a producer’s door to discover his cellar.

Point of culture: the terroir of Mittelbergheim and the Zotzenberg hill is classified as a « Grand Cru ». It is also the only terroir to have given the Sylvaner grape its letters of nobility.

12. Hunspach

Villages d'Alsace : Hunspach

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Discovering Alsace’s most beautiful villages and ending your journey in Hunspach? What a great idea! Hunspach is a typical village in the Outre-Forêt region of northern Alsace. In 2020, it was named one of France’s favorite villages. It’s all down to its tasty specialities: sauerkraut and baeckeoffe. But also the white walls of all the houses decorated with geraniums, built in the 18th and 19th centuries.

The harmonious roofs of these houses are known as « broken-nose ». Why is this? Find out at the village tourist office… In conclusion, it’s safe to say that Hunspach is a jewel of French heritage. Don’t miss it!

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