The favourite villages of France
The programme “Le Village Préféré des Français” (The Favourite Village of the French) has been broadcast since 2012. In 10 years, 4 Alsatian villages have already won the title of “Favourite Village of the French” among many competing villages! These 4 titles are the guarantee of an exceptional cultural heritage and allow the architecture, gastronomy and hospitality of these authentic villages to shine. Some of them have already received the label “Plus Beaux Villages de France” (Most beautiful villages of France).
Eguisheim is a small medieval village on the Alsace Wine Route, with charming little cobbled streets built in concentric circles: you enter the “Ronde d’Eguisheim“, which can be discovered by means of explanatory plaques. The small, brightly coloured houses are abundantly decorated with flowers, especially around Easter and Christmas. In the heart of the village nestles the castle and the chapel of the Alsatian pope Léon IX, born Bruno d’Eguisheim-Dagsbourg, enthroned in 1049 and pope until his death in 1954. A few minutes from Colmar, Eguisheim is a must-see!
Kaysersberg seduces in a thousand ways, notably by its fortified bridge which makes it one of the most “Instagrammable” spots in Alsace, but also by its medieval castle which overlooks the village and of course its colourful and flowery houses along the river… Kaysersberg is located in the heart of the Wine Route, but also at the foot of the Vosges mountains which can be seen from the town centre. The famous doctor Albert Schweitzer was born in this village and his birthplace now houses a museum that allows you to delve into history. This beautiful little town is obviously richly decorated in the run-up to Easter and its Christmas market, but its pottery market has also become a highlight!
Hunspach is a very beautiful village in the north of Alsace, which is surprising when you only know the very colourful houses in Alsace. Indeed, it is characterized by its very white houses which stand out with black half-timberings and red geraniums. It is a very typical village of the Outre-Forêt region, with large balance wells and windows with curved panes…
Bergheim is one of the most famous villages on the Alsace Wine Route. Behind the medieval ramparts, you will find a picture postcard Alsatian village with its half-timbered houses and geraniums in the windows. The village ramparts can be discovered with the help of a one-hour tour that allows you to go around the village through the 14th century medieval walls.
crédits photos : LEZ BROZ, INFRA, P. SCHNITTER