With a wealth of grape varieties and very distinct terroirs, Alsace is a land of singular wines. Its Gewürztraminer, Riesling, Pinot Noir and Pinot Gris grapes provide each vineyard with a unique identity. Here we travel back in time, whether on foot, by bike or front-wheel drive. From Strasbourg to Colmar, the hilly landscapes and atmosphere vary until winter arrives: at the time of the Christmas markets, Alsace lights up and becomes, under the shade of the fir trees, a huge festive party...
Before setting off on the Wine Route, why not discover the unique atmosphere of the Winstubs, traditional breweries suffused with the flavors of sauerkraut and beer? The city is also filled with wine bars showcasing Alsatian grape varieties as well as local craft beers. Don't hesitate to visit the historic wine cellars of the Hospices de Strasbourg, a six-hundred-year-old institution now run by some thirty estates in the region that grow their wines here. In December, Strasbourg is home to the largest and oldest Christmas market in France (1570). With its magical atmosphere, the market is an unmissable event for families, who throng together under the lights and illuminated displays of its imposing Christmas tree and countless wooden chalets while savoring "bredele " (traditional Christmas cookies or small cakes) along with a few glasses of mulled wine... ... Learn moreless
At this legendary restaurant, the whole of Alsace is celebrated and honoured. Noble ingredients and rich dishes inspired by the beautiful tables of yesteryear are combined with generosity and refinement. It is a cuisine that is above all an occasion for sharing, a culinary journey full of discoveries,...Read More less
During the last five weeks of the year, Strasbourg transforms itself into the ‘Christmas capital’. First opened in 1570, its Christmas Market is one of the oldest and most impressive in Europe. At the heart of the Grande Île, under the luminous garlands of the great Christmas tree, some 300 log cabins...Read More less
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Hotel and restaurant in the country. The village of Colroy-la-Roche, in the heart of an area of unspoiled valleys, is nature at its best. Here, Mireille and Nicolas have created a welcoming hotel and, since 1975, have remained faithful to the spirit of Relais & Châteaux. Come and visit their 2,500 m² “Nature Spa” devoted to relaxation and wellness, involving nature, peacefulness and light. Mireille has been true to her surroundings and has developed with a local laboratory a range of cosmetics based on beneficial herbs and honey from the village. The cuisine at the restaurant serves top-quality ingredients from Alsace, a region truly proud of its gourmet culture. ... Learn moreless
In 1870, Jean-Baptiste Massenez was working as a mere grower-distiller. In 1913, his son Eugène distilled wild raspberry for the very first time. One of his main customers was none other than the Queen of Sweden, who said she treated her diseased lungs with eau-de-vie distilled in Alsace! Massenez is...Read More less
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Hotel and restaurant in a village. Between Alsatian vineyards and the Ballons des Vosges, Le Chambard has been run by Olivier Nasti and his wife since 2000. United by their desire to entertain and share, they carry on this 18th-century hotel’s rich history of hospitality in the picturesque village of Kaysersberg. Olivier Nasti presides over the kitchen of his two-Michelin star restaurant, whose setting is both simple and natural. He also runs the Winstub, a convivial and rustic bistro in the purest Alsatian tradition. Patricia Nasti brings to this elegant property her added soul, warmly showing guests to the contemporary rooms and suites of pure and refined lines as well as greeting those who come to the spa. ... Learn moreless
Discovering the Alsace wine route with the SlowUp concept means "reducing the pace and increasing the pleasure". The organizers have devised three circuits of 5, 12, and 19 miles through 9 towns and villages (including Scherwiller, Sélestat and Bergheim). On these roads closed to traffic, it is by foot,...Read More less
Riquewihr occupies an unusual spot on the Alsace wine list. Very selective in the choice of its grape varieties, the commune has two grands crus. To the north of the fortress town, Riesling is king on the slopes of Schoenenbourg. Voltaire himself owned a few plots of these famous vineyards. Nearby, the...Read More less
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Hotel and restaurant in town. “Authentically up-to-date”, this is how Marilyn and Éric Girardin describe La Maison des Têtes in Colmar; undoubtedly one of the most beautiful historical buildings in Alsace. Built in 1609, this bourgeois residence owes its name to the one hundred and six small stone heads adorning its façade, behind which the couple has been dispensing their exceptional savoir-faire since 2015. After all, La Maison des Têtes is not only a traditional brasserie, but also a discreetly luxurious Michelin-starred restaurant and stylish hotel. While the historic brasserie serves mainly local dishes, the restaurant transcends all boundaries. Within its sleek interior, indulge in a “journey into the world of plants” and savour a “puffed” Munster cheese with Marc de Gewurztraminer. Cap it off with the sweet “broutilles & canailleries”, before returning to your intimately charming room, where contemporary decor accentuates stunning traditional woodwork. ... Learn moreless
Every year at Christmas time, Colmar establishes itself as one of the capitals of Alsace: throughout the city, 5 markets compete with the quality of their craft products and the sparkle of their decorations. In a festive atmosphere, under the half-timbered houses of the pedestrian streets, the lights...Read More less
Located on the Grand-Rue de Colmar since 1900, Au Brin de Paille is the meeting point for all craft beer lovers. All the beers produced by the (micro) brewers of the Haut and Bas-Rhin region are displayed on the shop's shelves. This is your opportunity to discover and taste the beers of Uberach, L'Alsacienne...Read More less
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Hotel and restaurant in the mountains. Les Bas Rupts is an ensemble of Swiss-style chalets in the heart of the Vosges Forest, just above Gérardmer. This welcoming hotel has been managed by the Philippe and Witdouck families for five generations and has managed to retain all its authenticity. Whatever the season, the lake and mountains offer numerous opportunities for nature pursuits. Guests who love the finer things in life and appreciate superb ingredients can go and visit the small local producers and artisans. The hotel’s owners have succeeded in creating a beautifully appointed, upscale chalet. Another major advantage is its gourmet cuisine and superb wine list. ... Learn moreless
It's a moment of poetry in the heart of winter. Every Monday during the Christmas market, children are invited to go get Chinese lanterns at the mulled wine chalet (to the delight of their parents). After lighting them, the children let them all fly away together over the silvery reflections of the...Read More less
Produced between June and November using fresh milk from Vosges cattle, Munster cheese is one of the most typical cheeses of the region. Boasting an AOC since 1969, this soft cheese with a powerful flavor was invented as early as the 14th century by monks from Ireland and Scotland before being marketed...Read More less
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To give you inspiration, Relais & Châteaux presents the Routes du Bonheur: Suggestions for travel itineraries that you can fully personalise according to your wishes and the experiences you would like to discover. Our consultants are available to help customise your route and assist you in making reservations at our properties. It is up to you to reserve any recommended activities on-site or nearby that might interest you.