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Ammerschwihr is a lovely walled town worth a detour if only to seek out its Porte Haute Cigognes, one of the entry towers, where each year storks nest—it is from here that their young test their first flight.... more

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Barr, is a wine town crowned by the ruins of it's castles, Château de Landsberg and Château d’Haute Andlau.... more

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Bergheim is a charming town protected by its walls. It lies just off the main road and is a much quieter village than many along the wine route.... more

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Blienschwiller is a wine village.... more

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Colmar is the largest town along the wine road and an important center for wine trade. Beyond the suburbs lies a pedestrian zone—an interesting mix of French and German culture and architecture. Short streets wind round old buildings between the plazas and lead you to the town’s o... more

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Dambach la Ville is a village where a bear clutching a flagon of wine between its paws decorates the fountain in front of the Renaissance town hall.... more

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Eguisheim is a trim little medieval walled town complete with dungeon, lovely old timbered houses, shops, and restaurants set along narrow cobbled lanes.... more

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Gueberschwihr is a cluster of gaily painted houses where, as you reach the village square, intricate painted signs advertise wine tasting in cobbled courtyards.... more

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Hunawihr boasts a much-photographed fortified church sitting on a little hill among the vineyards beside the village and the Center for the Reintroduction of Storks. Just a few years ago the roofs of the picture-book villages of Alsace were topped with shaggy storks’ nests. Alas, in... more

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Husseren les Châteaux

Husseren les Châteaux is a cluster of homes with its castle perched high above the village.... more

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Itterswiller has its attractive, timbered houses strung along the ridge facing south to the vineyards. This is a lovely village with lovely shops and lovely views.... more

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Kaysersberg rivals its neighbors as being one of the most appealing towns in Alsace. Vineyards tumble down to the town from its ancient keep and 16th-century houses line narrow roads along the rushing River Weiss.... more

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Kientzheim is a picture-perfect little village encircled by a high wall and surrounded by vineyards.... more

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Mittelbergheim is designated as one of France’s Most Beautiful Villages. Although there are not many stores, Mittelbergheim boasts some of the region’s best winemakers and many of their cellars are located along the village streets and are open to visitors.... more

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Mulhouse is a sprawling industrial city.... more

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Munster is situated at the foot of the Vosges, it is famous for being the home of the celebrated cheese, rather than for its picturesque streets.... more

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Obermorschwir where the narrow road climbs steeply to Husseren les Châteaux, a cluster of homes with its castle perched high above the village.... more

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Obernai is a larger city, if you like to shop, park on the main street through town and then investigate the maze of pedestrian streets with their enticing shops and restaurants.... more

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Ottrott is a charming village, crowned by the ruins of it's castle Château d’Ottrott.... more

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Pfaffenheim is a tiny wine village, where you leave the busy roads to weave through the narrow village streets and into the vineyards.... more

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Rising behind the attractive town of Ribeauvillé are the three castles of Ribeaupierre, a much-photographed landmark of the region. The shady side streets with their beamed houses are quieter and contain some lovely buildings.... more

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Riquewihr, one of the most beautiful villages in Alsace, is completely enclosed by tall, protective walls and encircled by vineyards. It is easy to understand why this picturesque spot is a magnet for visitors. Within the walls of this picture-book village, the narrow pedestrian stree... more

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Rouffach

Nestled at the foot of the vineyards, this is a delightful town that is known in the region for its Festival of Witches, held the evening of the third Saturday of July, in recognition of the sorcerers held captive in the tower so many centuries ago. Rouffach also has a wonderful park ... more

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Saint-hippolyte

Saint Hippolyte is a medieval village, climb steeply up from the vineyards to Haut Koenigsbourg, the mighty fortress that sits high above the town. From the walls the view of vineyards tumbling to a sky-wide patchwork of fields that stretches to the Rhine river valley is superb. On es... more

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Scherwiller

Scherwiller is a village dominated by the ruined castles of Ortenbourg and Ramstein high on the hill above.... more

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Strasbourg, the grande dame of the region and one of France’s most beautiful cities, is just a short distance northeast of Obernai on the border with Germany. Although, personally, I usually avoid large cities, Strasbourg is gorgeous and well worth the effort to navigate its mil... more

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The charming Alsatian village of Turckheim -park outside the town walls and then venture inside to explore a maze of cobbled streets that boast numerous shops and restaurants—a wonderful town.... more

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Zellenberg, a charming, picturesque town, is worth a detour off the Route du Vin, if only to circle up through its medieval streets and back down—here you find nothing commercial, just a pretty village.... more

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