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Day Trips from Strasbourg along the Alsace Wine Route

One of the best things about Strasbourg is the location. It is on the border between France and Germany which allows you to experience the best of both cultures. It is also along the Alsace Wine Route making taking day trips from Strasbourg to other towns possible. 

Square infront of Strasbourg's Notre Dame Cathedral

If you have never been to the Alsace region of France, you can expect to find a mix of both Medieval and Renaissance with both French and German influence.

It reminds me a lot of travelling the Romantic Road in Germany where you go from one quaint town to another. 

Along the Alsace Wine Route however, you not only get to see beautiful small towns, you also get to try each one’s distinctive wine (or beer).

Day Trips from Strasbourg along the Alsace Wine Route

Day trip to Obernai France

Obernai

Obernai is located about 25 kilometers south of Strasbourg which makes it an easy day trip. Like many of the towns along the Alsace Wine Route, you will find colorful Medieval homes, cobblestone squares and a mix of French and German cuisine.

Be sure to spend some time in the historic Market Square. The Corn Market has been in here since the 15th century.

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The buildings that line the square are some of the best examples of Medieval half timber architecture in the region.

While Obernai is situated along the  Alsace Wine Route, it is also the home to the Kronenbourg brewery. 

Great Beer in Strasbourg

You won’t want to miss the chance to grab a beer, glass of Riesling or eat at one of our favorite Alsactian restaurants.

Orschwiller Haut Koeningsbourgh

Orschwiller

The main attraction in Orschwiller is  Haut-Kœnigsbourg Castle, a medieval castle built in the 12th century.

Haut-Kœnigsbourg Cliffside Castle

Perched on the side of a cliff, the castle occupied a strategic position in order to protect the wine and wheat routes to the North and the silver and salt routes from West to East. 

Bridge at Haut-Kœnigsbourg Castle

After the Thirty Years’ War, the castle was abandoned and wasn’t rebuilt until 1899. It was decide by Kaiser Wilhelm II to rebuild the castle to use it as a museum.

Ancient Well at Haut-Kœnigsbourg Castle

You can tour the castle and see medieval relics along with pieces from the Renaissance.

Alsace region: Saint Hippolyte

Saint Hippolyte

This small town sits at the foot of the Haut Koenigsbourg.

Saint Hippolyte on Alsace Wine Route

Saint Hippolyte features colorful half-timbered homes with flower boxes at the windows. To say it is charming is an understatement! 

Alsace Pinot Noir

If interested in trying wine, Saint Hippolyte is known for its Pinot Noir.

Ribeauvillé

Ribeauvillé

A favorite Medieval town along the Alsace wine route, Ribeauville is best seen by foot. There are free guided tours of the old town and Town Hall that you should take advantage of.

Alsace Stork Sign

One thing to take notice of while you are visiting towns on the Alsace Wine Route are the storks. The stork is a dominant feature of decor in many Alsatian villages and towns.

Gingerbread Alsace Stork Cookie

You will find them adorning everything from plates to cookies.

Why is this?

For centuries Storks have visited the region during their mating season before heading back to the Middle East & Africa for the winter .

Tradition has it that these majestic birds bring good luck, and babies.

The love for these creatures runs deep. There are even stork sanctuaries that keep the population growing.

Storks Nest in Ribeauvillé France

You will want to make sure that while you are in town, you look at the tops of the buildings. Stork nests are perched high on top of towers and if you are lucky, you will be able to catch a glimpse of one sitting in it!

Riquewihr Dolder Tower

Riquewihr

This walled city contains some of the best preserved medieval structures around.  The pinnacle is the Dolder (hightest point). It has stood since 1291 when it was used as a watch tower.  

Riquewihr Architecture

All along the Rue du Général de Gaulle are the winemaker’s homes that date to the 16th century. They are lovely. Painted in bright colors, they have timbered walls and arched doorways. 

Riquewihr Wine Tasting

Spend time walking the cobblestone streets, sample wines from the region and do some shopping. You will find this a great place to pick up a souvenir (and a bottle of wine). 

Colmar Streets

Colmar

One of the best day trips from Strasbourg is to Colmar.  This lovely French town is my favorite off all the cities along the Alsace Wine Route.

Beautiful Colmar Architecture

You feel like you have stepped into the storybook village in Beauty & the Beast with its colorful homes on cobblestone streets and picturesque canals.

If you visiting Colmar on a day trip, you will be surprised at how much you will be able to see. 

Eguisheim Castle

Eguisheim

Just a few minutes outside Colmar, Eguisheim is probably my favorite stop along the Alcasian Wine Route!

Eguisheim Town

Filled with colorful half-timbered homes and cobblestone streets that seem to go on forever, it is the perfect place to explore on foot.

Eguisheim Cobble Street Path

Grab a glass of wine or a crepe at a cafe and spend the rest of your time here walking the winding streets and enjoying the views.

Alsace France

The Alsace Wine Route is filled with beautiful towns and if you are nearby, you really should take the time to visit at least a few.  Strasbourg is a great place to stay because it is so close to many of these destinations.

We would love to hear if you have made day trips from Strasbourg to any other places along the Alsace wine route. 

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