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Alsace Luxury Tours

Half-Timbered Towns, World-Famous Christmas Markets, & Choucroute

Alsace Highlights

Alsace is definitely a cultural exception in France. Once a German province, it became permanently French after World War I. With its dialect, cuisine – including sauerkraut (choucroute) – famous wines such as Gewürztraminer and Riesling, picturesque villages, and renowned Christmas markets, Alsace is a year-round French region worth visiting.


Often referred to as the “Crossroads of Europe” Strasbourg is a tapestry of influences, boasting a stunning Old Town with an array of half-timbered houses that evoke the essence of Alsatian charm. The iconic Strasbourg Cathedral, a masterpiece of Gothic architecture, looms over the cityscape. Meander along the picturesque canals of La Petite France where the timber-framed buildings are reflected in the water, creating a scene of unrivaled beauty. Beyond its architectural wonders, Strasbourg is a European capital, home to the European Parliament and the Council of Europe, further emphasizing its significance on the continent.

Traditional colorful houses in Strasbourg's Petite France district
Traditional colorful houses in Strasbourg's Petite France district
Streets of Riquewhir in Alsace
Streets of Riquewhir in Alsace


Take Ribeauvillé and Riquewihr, nestled in Alsace. Ribeauvillé boasts medieval splendor with winding streets, historic fortifications like Girsberg, Saint-Ulrich, and Haut-Ribeaupierre castles offering panoramic views.

Nearby, Riquewihr enchants with fairytale allure, enclosed by 16th-century walls. Timber-framed buildings line its streets, showcasing Alsatian craftsmanship. Explore the Dolder Tower, Thieves’ Tower, and Market Square with a historic fountain. Riquewihr’s vineyards produce top Alsace wines, and it is on the Alsatian Wine Route.


Get ready for a Christmas Wonderland! Alsace’s Christmas markets are renowned for their enchanting and festive atmosphere. Traditional half-timbered houses adorned with twinkling lights line cobblestone streets, while the scent of mulled wine and freshly baked gingerbread fills the air. Artisanal crafts, handmade decorations, and regional delicacies are on display in the cozy wooden stalls. The Strasbourg Christmas Market, one of the oldest and largest in Europe, stands out with its majestic cathedral backdrop. Colmar, often called the “Little Venice of Alsace,” offers an equally magical experience with its charming canals and beautifully decorated market stalls.

Christmas Market in Strasbourg
Christmas Market in Strasbourg
Alsatian choucroute (sauerkraut)
Alsatian choucroute (sauerkraut), an emblematic Alsatian dish


Among the many delights that Alsace has to offer, the choucroute (sauerkraut) stands out as a star. This hearty dish features fermented cabbage, skillfully paired with a symphony of flavors, including sausages and succulent cuts of pork. And that’s just the beginning. Alsace boasts a cornucopia of culinary gems, from Flammekueche (Alsace’s answer to pizza) to the sweet indulgence of Kugelhopf. But a word of advice: brace yourself for the Alsatian ‘Stinker’ – Münster cheese, an aromatic delight that’s not for the faint-hearted but certainly a must-try for adventurous food enthusiasts.

Painting Masterpiece & Canals in Colmar

Known as the “Little Venice of Alsace” due to its charming canals, it boasts a rich tapestry of half-timbered houses adorned with colorful flowers, evoking a fairytale atmosphere. Colmar’s well-preserved medieval old town offers a delightful maze of narrow streets and cozy squares, where local markets, artisanal shops, and cozy cafes beckon. The town is also celebrated for its impressive Unterlinden Museum, showcasing the famous Isenheim Altarpiece. Colmar’s timeless beauty, along with its warm and welcoming ambiance, makes it a must-visit destination when exploring Alsace.

The town of Colmar
The town of Colmar
Bottle of Alsatian Pinot Gris wine
Bottle of Alsatian Pinot Gris wine | © Marianne Casamance / Wikimedia Commons


Less renowned than the vineyards of Bordeaux, yet exceptional, Alsatian wines boast a distinct character forged by centuries of winemaking tradition. Gewürztraminer enchants with its intense aromas of roses and exotic spices, Pinot Gris offers a full-bodied, fruit-forward experience, and Riesling captivates with its versatile range from dry to sweet, featuring vibrant acidity and nuanced flavors. The landscapes where the vines can be found are equally captivating. 

The Route des Vins d’Alsace (Alsatian Wine Road) meanders through picturesque vineyards and charming villages, offering a delightful journey to explore the renowned wines and timeless beauty of the Alsace region.

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