a fascinating Destination
Alsace. Its half-timbered buildings and colourful little houses with flower-filled windows, but also its exceptional museums, its famous Wine Route at the foot of the Vosges Mountains, and so much more. Alsace checks all the boxes for a perfect holiday, whether romantic, cultural, active, festive, or gourmet!
Located in north-eastern France, Alsace is a lovely little region bordered by the Vosges Mountains and the Rhine River. With big cities, traditional villages, the Rhine Plain, mountains, and the Wine Route, Alsace has something to please all tastes.
The land has long been sought after. In 1870, Alsace was annexed by the German empire after France’s defeat in the Franco-Prussian War. In 1919, Alsace re-joined France at the end of World War I. Then, in 1940, the region was once again annexed by Germany during the Second World War, before finally becoming French in 1945. These tumultuous times gave Alsace its unique and cosmopolitan identity that remains today.
Alsace boasts a wide range of landscapes to explore. The Rhine Plain is home to surprising cities and quiet paths, the Alsace Wine Route winds along the mountainsides, and the Vosges Mountains beckon for outdoor adventures. The nature of Alsace is an endless source of wonder!
Alsace has a population of nearly 2 million
Alsace has two international borders: with Germany and Switzerland
The region is known for its five symbols: sauerkraut, storks, the traditional headdress, cathedrals, and half-timbered houses
The Alsace Wine Route was founded in 1953 and stretches for 170 km from the north to the south of the region
The Grand Ballon is the highest summit of the Vosges Mountains, peaking at 1,424 m
Strasbourg has two UNESCO World Heritage districts
Mulhouse boasts renowned technical museums, including the world’s biggest automobile museum
Colmar is the birthplace of Auguste Bartholdi, the sculptor of the Statue of Liberty
Haut Koenigsbourg Castle was completely renovated by the emperor Wilhelm II
The Amish, a religious community in the United States, originated in the valley of Sainte-Marie-aux-Mines in the 17th century
The oldest wine in the world is preserved in the historic cellar of the Strasbourg Hospices
The railway network connects the biggest cities of Alsace for easy travel around the region by train
Three EuroVelo cycling itineraries cross Alsace: the EuroVelo 5, 6, and 15
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crédits photos : LEZ BROZ, C. DEROUET, T. VUANO, ADOBE STOCK