8 Places in Alsace You Have to See

Located in eastern France, the Alsace region (formally known as Grand Est) is home to world-class vineyards, fairytale villages, and dramatic castles that once kept guard over this historically volatile area. (The prevalence of gated and walled towns also hints at a history of conflict.) Over the centuries, it has been both German and French, and this blending of Gothic and Latin cultures has led to a uniquely Alsatian identity.

Ribeauvillé (Photo credit: canuckrunningamuck)

Today, Alsace’s traditional imagery- the bretzel, the beloved Alsatian crane, the vineyards on the rolling mountainsides of the Vosges- conjure up a sense of a slower, bucolic pace of life. In warmer months, it’s a place for cyclists, hikers, and oenophiles; in winter, it shines as a hub of European Christmas markets.

(Photo credit: canuckrunningamuck)

There’s plenty more to see in Alsace beyond those places included on this list, but for a first-time visitor, these are your must-sees!

1. Strasbourg

(Photo credit: canuckrunningamuck)
(Photo credit: canuckrunningamuck)

2. Colmar

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(Photo credit: canuckrunningamuck)

3. Riquewihr

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(Photo credit: canuckrunningamuck)

4. Turckheim

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(Photo credit: canuckrunningamuck)

5. Ribeauvillé

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(Photo credit: canuckrunningamuck)

6. Kaysersberg

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(Photo credit: canuckrunningamuck)

7. Eguisheim

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(Photo credit: canuckrunningamuck)

8. Niedermorschwihr

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(Photo credit: canuckrunningamuck)

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