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Alsace, the Franco-German paradise – Travel Germany

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Alsace, home to a beautiful cultural diversity, with its picturesque architecture and many canals throughout the cities, the region exudes beauty and joy!

The proximity to Germany goes far beyond a border. Alsace was the subject of dispute between Germany and France for centuries – like a shuttlecock, the region changed hands and was annexed to one of the countries, after a victory or conquest. Until in 1944, it came under French rule, a decision that continues to this day. After so many disputes, the Alsace region acquired characteristic features of both France and German influence, such as, for example, in its architecture. The best of both countries in one place!

Colmar, Alsace.

Strasbourg

The capital of Alsace, Strasbourg, boasts architectural gems, a historic center, half-timbered houses and a fairytale town atmosphere.

Guided tours including boat trips along the River Ill are a great activity, where you can visit the Grande île, the island that is part of the historic center of Strasbourg, structured around the cathedral, which is an attraction in itself. At 142 meters high, the Notre-Dame de Strasbrug cathedral was once the largest in the world, losing this title in 1880 to the cathedral in Cologne, Germany.

One of the angles of Strasbourg at dusk.

Strasbourg Cathedral

“Giant and delicate wonder.”

It's what novelist Victor Hugo called Strasbourg Cathedral, with so many details it's possible to spend hours admiring and interpreting the stories carved in this masterpiece, it's no wonder that it is the symbol of the city.

Interconnected waterways and half-timbered houses from Little France, the historic leather tanning district, which is a very interesting place. An unmissable tour!

Notre-Dame Cathedral of Strasbourg.

Castelo Haut-Koenigsbourg

Another highlight of the region is the Haut-Koenigsbourg Castle, built in the 12th century. A guided tour on it is like traveling to the Middle Ages. After being destroyed during the 30 Years' War, the castle fell into disrepair before Kaiser Wilhelm II acquired it in 1900 and appointed Bodo Ebhardt to oversee the complete restoration of this treasure. At more than 750 meters high, it provides an incredible panoramic view of Alsace, mountains and the Black Forest. A guided tour of the castle will allow the visitor to follow some stages of the castle's daily life and see the well-preserved furnished rooms with their medieval furniture.

Castle Haut-Koenigsbourg.

Alsace wine route

The route is a sensational attraction for wine lovers, it is 170km that passes through beautiful villages and vineyards. Towns like Kaysersberg, with medieval sites and streets lined with charming half-timbered houses, and Eguisheim. Wooden houses with pointed roofs and bright colors are examples of these beautiful villages. There are 7 types of grapes in the region and all the wines are of excellent quality, much appreciated!

One of the vineyards present in Alsace.

Irreverent museums

With a large number of museums, Alsace impresses with its diverse options. From memorials to former concentration camps (Struthof), to a museum about the evolution of luggage (Musée du Bagage de Haguenau), there is also a video game museum (Pixel Museum). In addition to these, museums about cities, Judaism, art museums, fabrics, factories, gods stand out, in other words, options to please the whole family!

This fantastic region presents many other wonders, such as the “Ecomusée d'Alsace”, 70 buildings representing rural Alsace in the past and the daily lives and customs of the people who lived there.

Ecomuse of Alsace. Source: Wikipedia. Author: Own Work

Nature

In addition to these presented, Alsace is rich in natural beauty, with beautiful scenery, a natural watercolor, with a huge variety of flowers and vegetation.

On our tours, we select the most beautiful landscapes to guide our travelers, with different experiences to offer, such as visits to Roman ruins and WWII ruins, among others.