Located in the northeast of France, on the border with Germany and Switzerland, Alsace is the smallest region of France. Its two departments (Bas-Rhin and Haut-Rhin) are renowned for the quality of its wines, its half-timbered houses and its castles perched on the high hills of the Vosges to watch over the Rhine plain.
The Alsace Wine Route is one of the most beautiful tourist routes in France. Inaugurated in 1953, it crosses the vineyards of Alsace over 170 kilometers. Between mountain and plain, the road crosses many picturesque villages and towns.
A coveted land, Alsace has preserved a considerable number of vestiges of an often-tumultuous past: castles, citadels, fortified sites and ramparts.
Crossroads of civilizations, Alsace has undergone, throughout its history, many and very different influences that can be found in the architectural styles of its churches.
Last but not least, Christmas is a unique, traditional, convivial and unforgettable period of celebration in Alsace. In a fairy tale setting, the Strasbourg Christmas market, the Christkindlmarik, is renowned for being the oldest and largest traditional Christmas market in Europe, it has been around since 1570! Smells of mulled wine, cinnamon and spices pervade the most beautiful and authentic Christmas markets in France.
A land of tradition that mixes gastronomy and renowned wines, there is so much to discover in Alsace!