France-Alsace in pictures - Strasbourg
In brief +
In summer like winter, Alsace is a tourist destination with plenty of attractions.
In summer, from June to September, the low Vosges mountains are ideal for hiking, just like the many forests all around the region. In autumn, nature displays an array of extraordinary colours and the Alsace wine country is worth visiting for its landscapes and bustling activity. The liveliness continues on into winter with the Christmas celebrations and Christmas markets of Alsace (Strasbourg and Colmar to name but a few), which are famous around the world.
In fact, this is the time of year for which you really must book your accomodations well in advance. The region attracts thousands of visitors every year around Christmas Eve.
Winter is, of course, the season for skiing and Alsace has plenty of family-friendly resorts that fill up with fans of cross-country skiing and novices of downhill skiing. More athletic skiers will prefer the slopes of the Alps or the Pyrenees.
All year long, this region in the east of France is full of places to see and things to do. This includes its nature side, as we have mentioned, but also an extraordinarily rich heritage. At the crossroads of Europe, Strasbourg (only 2h 20m from Paris, 2h 50m for Colmar and 3h for Mulhouse, all with the TGV, and direct links to Lyon, Marseille and Avignon), with its cathedral and 'Petite France', and Colmar are two urban destinations that are ideal for a short stay.
Another strong positive point of this region is the cuisine, which will delight the taste buds of all those who like to eat well thanks to the local specialities, which include sauerkraut and flammekuche, to be enjoyed on the spot, and kugelhopf, pretzels, Strasbourg-style sausages and various cheeses (like Munster) that tourists can bring back to share with their friends after a stay in Alsace.
Allowing you to discover the entire region by combining nature and cuisine, the Wine Route is a great and unique way to discover this region where the production of white wine has risen to an art form.
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