A Travel Guide to Alsace
Alsace is located in Eastern France. It is one of the smallest regions in France and is ideally located between the Rhine and Vosges mountains. It has perfect fertile conditions for wine production and grape growing. The trademark attractions of Alsace include attractive villages with half-timbered houses full with geraniums, the beautiful scenery created by the Vosges mountain range and the ruins of castles that can be found all over the region bearing witness to its long history.
One of the best ways to explore the beautiful villages in this region is to follow the Alsace wine route. A lot can be learnt regarding wine production on this route. The total length of the road is approximately 170 km. It begins from the North and moves towards the South mostly along the eastern side of the Vosges range. Along the route you will be able to visit vineyards, enjoy beautiful scenery and unspoiled villages. And since there are approximately 50 different wines that are produced along the route, you will always have the opportunity to taste some of the finest wines in France.
There are many parks in Strasbourg out of which Parc de la Citadelle and Parc de l'Orangerie are among the best. The botanical gardens are also a major attraction here. The symbol of friendship between Kehl and Strasbourg, the famous Jardin des Deux Rives used to be a project that can be found on both the sides of River Rhine.
There are a number of castles, palaces and churches to be explored in Strasbourg. However, along with the amazing historical sites, there is a very modern side to Strasbourg as well. You can visit the 'Institutions European' where you can see the European Parliament and the human rights court that was designed by Richard Rogers in a shipís shape on the riverís edge. A visit to Museum Le Vaisseau, the famous suspended Bridge and the Museum of Science and Technology is a must for visitors who are interested in modern technologies.
Other important places to be visited in this region include Eguisheim, a beautiful village with half-timbered houses, Chateau Haut-koenigsbourg, a great place to explore history, Mont Sainte Odile, famous pilgrimage site, Hunspach, another beautiful village of the region with well-maintained gardens and Colmar, a town where you can admire mediaeval houses, historical buildings and visit museums.
There is a wide variety of self catering holiday accommodation in Alsace ranging from apartments in the towns to gites and cottages in the countryside and along the wine route.