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Road-Trip Adventure On The Alsace Wine Route

Road-Trip Adventure On The Alsace Wine Route

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Road-Trip Adventure On The Alsace Wine Route

We headed east from the magical city of Paris, towards the border of the neighboring country on a train. Giddy with excitement that our journey to explore the Alsace wine route – famously known for its vineyards and distinctive heritage-has finally begun.

Culturally sandwiched between French and German, the Alsace region is neither German nor French, yet both play an important part in the region’s heritage.

We reached our destination in the middle of the night-pitch black-but happy to have finally arrived at the first stop of our Alsace adventure: Strasbourg, the capital of the Alsace region.

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Itinerary

Strasbourg – 2 nights

Obernai – Day trip

Mont Sainte-Odile Abbey – Day trip

Château du Haut-Kœnigsbourg – Day trip

Colmar – 1 night

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Strasbourg

We stayed 2 nights in Strasbourg to enjoy the magical Christmas markets. Year round, Strasbourg is an incredible place to visit – but during the holidays, this charming town turns into Christmas wonderland. After all, the city’s motto is “Strasbourg, the capital of Christmas.”


Strasbourg – The Capital of Christmas

Check out why Strasbourg is the place to be in December

Ready to begin our road-trip on the Alsace wine route, we went to the car rental center and picked up our car -which is conveniently located right next to Strasbourg’s train station. With hot breakfast in hand and playlist set, we embarked on our road-trip adventure and headed south on the A35.

Strasbourg Christmas Market

Obernai

Our second stop on the Alsace wine road was: Obernai. This charming town is one of the best-preserved towns in the region. Its rich history, gastronomic reputation, and cultural events throughout the year attract countless visitors.

After working an appetite on the road, we decided to have lunch at one of the quaint local restaurants. With our bellies satisfied, we visited a few of shops for souvenir and got a few bottles of the local wine and sweet treats. Afterward, we visited the Christmas market for more goods. While December is a very popular season, I didn’t mind the crowd. The atmosphere felt very cheerful and the locals were very warm and friendly.

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Mont Sainte-Odile Abbey

Just outside Strasbourg, Mont Sainte-Odile Abbey sits at the top of a hill enjoying an extraordinary view of the Alsace plain. If you are lucky, you will enjoy a breath-taking view at the monastery. Unlike us – when we arrived, the area was completely covered in heavy fog.

Château du Haut-Kœnigsbourg

Next Stop: The Château du Haut-Kœnigsbourg, one of France’s great medieval castles. Located at the top of a hill, the château has an incredible view overlooking the vineyards. Some people may say the best view is at the top but the drive up was equally beautiful! The medieval castle is a real treat for everyone – history buff or not.

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How to get there:

The Château du Haut-Kœnigsbourg is located just 34 miles south of Strasbourg. On the A35, take the exit 17 via Kintzheim, or exit 18 via Saint-Hippolyte.

For more information about the château, check out their official website here.

Colmar

Our last stop: Colmar. We arrived late in the afternoon and settled right away in our hotel. The next morning, we headed to the Christmas market amid the colorful pastel buildings.

Keep reading here and find out why Colmar is the live-version of your childhood’s fairytale town.

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Region’s must-try specialties

Tarte Au Fromage Blanc a thinly rolled bread dough covered with fromage blanc or crème fraîche, thinly sliced onions and lardons.

Tarte Flambée a light take – and better in my opinion – on the cheesecake

Although December may not be the most picturesque time to visit the region, the scenery is still breathtaking. If you want to enjoy some greenery but still avoid the crowd, try April or September.

If you are short of time, you could explore the area in just three days. But in order to soak-in everything that the region has to offer, spend at least five days. You may need the extra days to explore the smaller villages.

Not a wine drinker? Don’t worry! The region has so much to offer that it’s still worth a trip. The wine is just a bonus.

For more information on the Alsace region, check out their tourism’s website here.

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  1. Christie

    5 April

    Soooo pretty, as always!! I’ve been dying to go to Colmar for YEARS! It looks beautiful at Christmas time but I think I’d want to go in summer still 🙂 I’m confused tho – how is the Alsace region is neither German nor French?

  2. Diana

    5 April

    It is! Yes, I think you would love summer much more!

    That’s because the region used to belong to Germany then France and back and forward so their culture is a mix of both and not just uniquely German nor French – like a mix baby lol

  3. Grace

    5 April

    I think I had Tarte Au Fromage Blanc when I was there! I vaguely remember having something similar. We loved Colmar – we actually stayed in the Munster area and just basically chilled in the village for two days. I love small European villages

    • Diana

      6 April

      haha it’s a must! We didn’t have time to do that but I absolutely loove small European villages. They are so full of charm!

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  5. Kristen

    22 April

    I love anything to do with wine! Hope I can make it to Alsace this year. Thanks for the great tips!

  6. Lia

    22 April

    Omg, this looks absolutely heavenly. We’re a sucker for anything involving wine tasting, particularly if there’s a gorgeous road trip involved! We visited Bordeaux and Provence this past winter and I think our next French trip will definitely have to be Alsace!

  7. I went to Alsace for the first time this fall — just a brief visit to Strasbourg and Colmar. I wish I had more time! A ton of my readers were recommending the town of Riquewihr, which is what Beauty and the Beast was based on. Such a good region for a road trip — I might return and drive all around the Rhine.

  8. So many beautiful photos in one post! I’m living in the south of France at the moment and am definitely going to make the effort to get up to this region…so photogenic 🙂

  9. Lily

    22 April

    What an incredible region, and so insta-worthit! lol Loved all your pictures, can’t wait to explore France!

  10. Megan Johnson

    22 April

    I loooove your pictures! This sounds like an awesome little road trip, which I always enjoy!

  11. Jordan

    9 June

    Loving all your posts on Colmar and so glad I found you on FTB after searching “Colmar.” Where did you stay in Colmar? Looking for a place to stay for my visit! Thanks so much xo

    • Diana

      9 June

      Hi Jordan, thank you so much! 🤗 I stayed at Best Western. It’s not in the center but it’s super convenient. It’s located right in front of Colmar station, there is a parking lot right next to it, and it’s walking distance to the center.

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