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Alsace through the  seasons

Alsace is a region to explore and experience all year long! Here are some ideas to love it in every season

Alsace in spring

In spring, Alsace celebrates the return of warmer days with colourful Easter markets that bring its cities and villages to life. The cobblestone streets are lined with vibrantly decorated traditional half-timbered houses and little chalets selling crafts. Not far away, the delicious aromas of local products invite passers-by to tickle their taste buds! Cheese, fresh fruit, honey, or gingerbread: foodies can delight in plenty of gourmet offerings at weekly markets. Who can resist the irresistible desire to taste them all?

The journey continues on the restaurant terraces with the first tarte flambées of the season, paired with a locally brewed beer. In the mountains, the ringing bells mean the transhumance has begun, as the beautiful Vosges cows make the trek up to fresh pastures. A long-awaited pastoral event in the valleys that is always a fun and friendly time.

Our spring favourites:

  • Colmar Easter market
  • Easter decorations in the villages of the Alsace Wine Route
  • Transhumances
  • Tous au Château! (Fortified Castle Day on 1 May)

Alsace in summer

Ahhhh summer, with outdoor terraces swimming in sunshine and smiles! In Alsace, it’s also the season for picnics along the canals, hiking in the Vosges Mountains, unforgettable sunsets, and music festivals all through the night.

The wine-growing villages come alive with traditional wine festivals along the famous Alsace Wine Route, while summer guinguette bars sprout up all around!

Our summer favourites:

  • Alsace Wine Fair in Colmar
  • The Décibulles music and beer festival in the Villé Valley
  • Wine festivals in the wine-growing villages along the Alsace Wine Route
  • The Pfifferdaj fiddlers’ festival in Ribeauvillé
  • The Scènes de Rue street theatre festival in Mulhouse
  • Sound and light shows on Strasbourg Cathedral

Alsace in autumn

Autumn leaves are falling down… In Alsace, there’s no time to be nostalgic for summer evenings; autumn is quickly settling in with its own share of beauty and delights. The harvest is slowly coming to an end, marking the beginning of new wine festivals! The first cold weather arrives, and it feels good to enjoy one last meal in the farmhouse inns before the cows come down the mountains, or to savour a giant plate of sauerkraut with all the fixings in a traditional winstub. It is also the perfect time to visit the many exceptional museums, to take in the music of a symphony orchestra, or to marvel at a show in a theatre.

Our autumn favourites:

  • New wine festivals
  • The call of the deer in the forests
  • Fête de la Choucroute (sauerkraut festival)

Alsace in winter

One might think that Alsace rests in the winter season, but quite the opposite: it’s a time when everything awakens and lights up! Alsace is famous for its Christmas magic, and every year the decorations, illuminations, giant Christmas trees, and countless market chalets delight the senses of amazed visitors. The aromas of bredala (or bredele), gingerbread, and sauerkraut mingle in the streets and invite foodies to warm up in a winstub or toast a mulled wine under the stars on a beautiful winter night.

Our winter favourites:

  • All the Christmas markets
  • The rounds of the night watchman
  • The songs of the children in the boats of Colmar
  • See the yearly Christmas fabric of the city of Mulhouse
  • The workshops at the Ecomuseum of Alsace
  • Le Schieweschlawe

crédits photos : Tristan Vuano, Quentin Gachon, OTVKB, P. Henry, 31 Photography, 2019-Sylvie Petit Photography-ADT, B. Salmanski, Adobe Stock, Chlorophylle AdobeStock, entre2poles

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