Colmar and Haut-Rhin

The city of Colmar|The city of Mulhouse|Hunawihr is labeled "Most beautiful Village of France"|Neuf-Brisach is the last fortified town built by Vauban|The ballon d'Alsace|Guebwiller is labeled "City and country of Art and history" |

Description
Themes : heritage,

The South Alsace is famous for its prestigious museums in the cities of Colmar, Mulhouse and Kaysersberg and Guebwiller. This Department is also to discover for its delightful villages fleuris Hunawihr, Eguisheim and Riquewihr which are labeled "Most beautiful Villages of France". Neuf-Brisach is the last fortified town built by Vauban in 1699.

In the Ballon d'Alsace, found by magnificent forests of FIR and spruce. In the Department of Haut-Rhin, one can taste famous wines of Alsace and enjoy excellent dishes typically Alsatian.


The stages
A
Hunawihr
On the road of wines, amid the vineyards of Alsace, Hunawihr is labeled "Most beautiful Village of France". It is famous for its church and its cemetery fortified. This wine village is composed of winegrowers gabled houses on streets that mostly date from the 16th to the 18th century.
B
Riquewihr
On 'trail of Alsace wines', the fortified village of Riquewihr is a real gem. Labeled «Plus Beaux Villages de France», it is surrounded by walls which are preserved. The narrow streets and old houses have retained a remarkable architectural harmony of the 16th century.
C
Kaysersberg
Kaysersberg has charm with its historic centre, its cobbled streets, many half-timbered houses, the Rhenish Renaissance town hall, the ruins of the imperial Castle of the 13th century overlooking the town. Kaysersberg is also very famous for its Christmas market.
D
Colmar
The city of Colmar has a former collegiate church, several convents and homes of the middle ages. The situation of the city, in the center of the vineyard Alsatian and close to the Vosges Piedmont, and its particular climate conducive to the cultivation of the vine, he earned the nickname of "capital of Alsace wines.
E
The Citadel of Neuf-Brisach
Neuf-Brisach is the last fortified town built by Vauban at the age of 70 in 1699 on the orders of Louis XIV for the safety of the Alsace. It presents a remarkable vision of the most accomplished defense system of the 17th century.
F
Eguisheim
Eguisheim is labeled «Plus Beaux Villages de France» and «Village favorite of French» elected in 2013. Cradle of the Alsatian vineyard, this is one of the most beautiful and typical villages of Alsace with its half-timbered houses. Around its castle, the streets are arranged in concentric and multicolored circles.
G
The Alsace Ecomuseum
The Alsace Ecomuseum is composed of 70 authentic peasant houses. It is one of the most important in Europe, it extends in a 25-hectare park. We view the typical houses of Alsace, the craftsmanship of the time and the products of the soil.
H
Guebwiller
Labeled «City and country of Art and history» Guebwiller is full of architectural treasures. Among these, it should mention the jewels of the territory are the Abbey of Murbach, the Collegiate Church of Lautenbach and the Church of Saint-Léger, Guebwille.
I
Vieil-Armand
The Hartmannswillerkopf is one of four national monuments of the great world war. More than 150'000 men is there fought for four years to regain Alsace. It was one of the deadliest battlefields of the front with almost 25,000 soldiers killed.
J
Mulhouse
Mulhouse is the 'European capital of technical museums' with the Cité de l'automobile, Musée EDF Electropolis and the Cité du train. Labeled "City of Art and history", Mulhouse contrasts the rest of Alsace with its ancient painted walls frescoed houses.
K
The ballon d'Alsace
Located in the heart of the Parc Naturel Regional des Ballons des Vosges, the Ballon d'Alsace offers all the pleasures of a successful stay in summer as in winter. There are beautiful forests of FIR and spruce, charming undergrowth and, on the heights of the pastures.
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