Alsace

Regional Overview

The Imperial Vineyards

The wealth of the Alsace comes from its fertile hills and bounty of the Rhine. So desirable was the Alsace that it remained under the direct control of the Emperors in Speyer, Vienna, Berlin, and Paris for centuries. Each subsequent power was determined to leave its mark. The region has a trove of historical heritage and local tradition, making it one of the best destinations in Europe.

Regional Identity

What to Lookout For

  • Gothic and Renaissance buildings in the “Alsatian Style,” combining both French and Germanic image programs
  • Romanesque monuments from the Salian and Staufen Emperors
  • A unique Alsatian building style mixing sandstone with half-timbered construction

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Justin Bunch | CityscapeTravel

What is the Alsace?

Alsace is one of Europe’s most beautiful cultural landscapes. Rolling hills hide dozens of walled villages, and endless flowing vineyards cover them. A ruined castle crowns every hill, and every cityscape offers the old-world charm you want on vacation. Follow the traces of the Empire in the medieval churches and ruins and witness the arrival of the French court in the resplendent sandstone palaces.

Hiking in the Region

Hike: Valley of the Dhaun

Hike: Valley of the Dhaun

The underrated Nahe Valley has numerous tributaries that extend into the Hunsrück Highlands. This one which goes up and around the Simmertal valley, visits several…

Hiking: Castles of the Wiligartswiesen

Hiking: Castles of the Wiligartswiesen

Hike among the sandstone spires of the Palatine Forest and uncover two ancient castle ruins and spectacular viewpoints. At one point, you will come across…

Hiking: Eußerthal Monastery and the Cliffs of Annweiler

Hiking: Eußerthal Monastery and the Cliffs of Annweiler

This hike takes you from the more famous castle of Trifels in the opposite direction. You will head north to see the remnants of the…

Hiking: Wasgau Vineyards

Hiking: Wasgau Vineyards

This hike takes you through the small towns and villages at the base of the Wasgau Mountains, where the Rhine valley ends. It’s a region…

Hiking: Knights of the Wasgau

Hiking: Knights of the Wasgau

The highlight of this hike is the castle of the Berwartstein, the mountain fortress of Hans von Trotha. He was a medieval local robber baron…

Hiking: Legend of the Waltharilied

Hiking: Legend of the Waltharilied

The Waltharilied is a legendary epic written in Latin around the end of the 9th century. The story is a reflection of much older proto-germanic…

My Subjective Travel Rankings

To understand where the categories come from, see this article here.

8.6 / 10

The score is based on the following:

  • Accommodation: 10
  • Transportation: 9
  • Volume/Capacity: 8
  • Infrastructure: 10
  • Interactivity: 6

10 / 10

The score is based on the following:

  • Context: 10
  • Monuments: 10
  • Quality: 10

8 / 10

The score is based on the following:

  • Abstraction: 6
  • Tradition: 10

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Upper-Rhine

The legacy of the Empire in stone can be seen in the villages of the Alsace and in the soaring cathedrals of the Palatinate.

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