Chalet-Spa de luxe Alsace / Vosges

Alsace Wine Trail


T he Alsace wine trail winds through postcard-perfect landscapes, from Marlenheim to Thann, taking in medieval castle ruins, Romanesque abbeys, colourful villages adorned with potted geraniums, rolling vine-covered hills and welcoming ‘winstubs’, for a varied journey. Discover, along the 170 km of the trail, the charms of local vineyards. Take the time to meet winegrowers, enjoy wine tasting and wander through the narrow streets of ancient medieval cities.

>> tourisme-alsace.com
>> vinsalsace.com
Alsace Wine Trail
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Towns and Villages


Discover the inimitable charm of the colourful, picture-pretty Alsace villages, with their windowsill geraniums, narrow streets of half-timbered houses tightly packed around the village church, welcoming ‘winstubs’, and of course, their storks.All over the winemaking region, you will find quaint villages, some of which are officially listed among the most beautiful villages in the country. You may be lucky enough to visit during one of our many traditional festivals, friendly and vibrant affairs spread over the seasons.

Colmar, the capital city of the Alsace wine region, is a vibrant, dynamic and incredibly pretty town, justifiably proud of its gourmet food and its architecture that blends canals and half-timbered houses to create an idyllic setting.   The World heritage-listed city of Strasbourg, "Capital of Europe”, will amaze you with its extraordinary and uniquely elegant pink sandstone cathedral. In the “Petite France” district, stroll through picturesque medieval streets; and why not go on a romantic boat ride through the old town?
Towns and Villages
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Christmas Markets


If Christmas had a spiritual homeland, it would certainly be the Alsace! Christmas festivities truly come to life in the Alsace region, and an Alsatian Christmas is a memorable experience. Visit the Alsace between the first Sunday of Advent and New Year’s Eve, and step into a fantastic universe enhanced by the magic of Christmas. Follow your nose to discover gourmet food and drinks such as traditional mulled wine, gingerbread and Bredelé cakes. Wherever you are, your journey will lead you to increasingly beautiful traditional Christmas lights. The region is home to seven different 'Christmas countries’ with their own unique atmosphere. At the heart of this authentically traditional universe, you will let yourself be carried away by the atmosphere, full of songs, tales and legends, colourful stalls, twinkling stars, intoxicating scents, irresistible tastes and flavours filling the winter landscape. Discover at the same time the emotional significance of these most sacred festivities.

In Munster, the whole town gets involved in the light show. Small chalet-like wooden stalls, teeming with treasures, set up camp on the market square. At nightfall, the town truly becomes enchanted, thanks to the many lights that adorn the great Christmas tree taking pride of place in the middle of the festivities.   You now know for sure that to truly enjoy your Christmas in the Alsace, it is essential to stay at La Marcairie! noel.tourisme-alsace.com
Christmas Markets
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Food and drink


Of all the regions of France, Alsace has long been celebrated as one of the most gourmet. Wonderful local produce, slow cooked dishes, simple and authentic flavours, a taste for the good things in life, and of course the wonderful wines of Alsace instil vitality, life and joy into Alsatian cuisine. Be seduced by the Alsatian art-de-vivre and enjoy our specialties, such as Flammekueche, Baeckeoffe, Sauerkraut, sausages, Matelote fish stews, meat pies, foie gras, Kougelhofs, Streussels and tarts, in various inns, picturesque ‘winstubs’ and restaurants, of which the region is justifiably proud. It is therefore not surprising to discover that the region is home to Michelin-starred restaurants and world-famous award-winning chefs.

www.etoiles-alsace.com
Food and drink
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Castles and Museums


Castles

The fortified castle of Haut-Koenigsbourg that looks over the wine trail and the plain of Alsace is one of the most visited monuments of France. Once you have crossed the drawbridge, you can climb the keep and towers, explore the fully furnished rooms and browse the collection of medieval weapons. If valiant knights came from anywhere, it would be the Alsace, where you will find almost as many castles as there are hills in the Vosges.Many of these powerful and proud fortresses are worth a visit for their panoramic view and rich historical or architectural heritage.
>> Château Haut-Kœnigsbourg
>> Châteaux d'Alsace

Museum

The Alsace region is rich in history and cultural heritage. Among the many museums in Mulhouse, you will find the Cité de l'Automobile, the largest automobile museum in the world, which showcases over 400 mythical models of old, vintage and racing cars. Do not miss it!
>> Cité de l'automobile de Mulhouse   The Alsace Ecomuseum has reconstructed a village consisting of 70 authentic half-timbered houses, where visitors can observe the daily lives of past inhabitants. Many craftsmen present traditional or ancient trades, and share their know-how with visitors.
>> www.ecomusee-alsace.fr In the Unterlinden Museum, in Colmar, admire Mathis Grünewald’s famous Issenheim Altarpiece, which alone is worth a visit.
>> Musée Unterlinden
Castles and Museums
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Storks


A lsace children are known to be delivered by the faithful stork. Storks are even known to leave newborns on windowsills, but only if the person who lives there has remembered to leave a lump of sugar! These elegant bird were for a long time endangered, but nowadays the iconic symbols of the region can be found everywhere on village roofs, and glide gracefully and elegantly in the sky above our heads. In Munster, they have built their bulky nests on the roofs, where you can observe them at any time.
www.cigogne-loutre.com
Storks
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Munster’s Home
of Cheese Museum


As early as the 9th century, Irish Benedictine monks staying in an Abbey in the Munster Valley started drafting the recipe for our now world-famous cheese. Munster cheese has undoubtedly a strong personality and a unique character. Made with unpasteurised milk from local mountain cows, this cheese is manually handled and matured in cellars for 8 to 10 weeks. It is still today produced by hand in the valley’s farms in winter, and in the summer it is made in traditional dairy farms, high up in the mountain pastures. La Maison du Fromage in Munster showcases this cheese superbly on an 8-hectare site, and pays tribute to Munster cheese and the valley’s pastoral traditions. In addition to discovering how the cheese is made, you can taste fresh Munster, visit the barn to see the local Vosges cattle, watch films and browse exhibitions on mountain agriculture, the Vosges cattle, and the rich heritage and know-how of local farmers. A cheese-making cooperative, collaboratively managed by local farmers, processes over one million litres of milk on site to produce butter and cheeses such as Munster, Tomme and Bargkass. Finally, La Maison du Fromage marks the departure point of the well-known cheese-tasting trail, which leads visitors to mountain farms and big inns, through charming country roads that wind their way between wooded areas and grasslands. An attraction not to be missed! www.maisondufromage-munster.com www.routedufromage-munster.com
Munster’s Home
of Cheese Museum
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And much more…


The region has too much to offer to list all the places that deserve a visit: wildlife parks, falconry displays, a monkey zoo, silver mines, historical museums, leisure parks (the famous Europapark, 50 km away in Germany, is one of the biggest leisure parks in Europe), etc. >> www.montagnedessinges.com
>> www.voleriedesaigles.com
>> www.cigogne-loutre.com
And much more…
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