Welcome to the land of Riesling and Gewürztraminer grapes, relaxed walking, romantic castles and a unique blend of Franco- German culture. Come in the early summer when the high hillsides are carpeted with a dazzling profusion of flowers, or in September when the vines are heavy with grapes in the warm autumn sunshine and the countryside glows red and gold.
Although most of your walks start and end at our hotel in Kaysersberg, there is great scenic variety wherever we go. At the level of the villages there is a patchwork of vineyards. Higher up, broad tracks through woodland give way to wilder scenery approaching the ridges. Pretty red-roofed Alsatian villages like Ribeauvillé and Riquewihr pepper our walks. Here amongst the cobbled streets lined with half-timbered buildings you can sit and enjoy a glass of wine whilst looking out over the vineyards from which it came.
Our home for the week is the typical village of Kaysersberg, where flowers adorn fountains and window boxes and rose trellices complete the romantic picture. In the evenings we eat in local restaurants, mainly along the very pretty rue du Général de Gaulle.
This is the heartland of an ancient Franco-Alemanic culture, an area whose picture-book beauty has survived the ravages of history. Here and there our walks bring us across ruined castles such as the towers of the Donjon d’Eguisheim, rising from the wooded hillsides, or the mountain fortress of Haut-Koenigsbourg.
The cities of Colmar and Strasbourg lie a short distance away, possible destinations for a free day. Here, as in the evenings, you can enjoy the Franco-German gastronomic pleasures of Flammkuchen, Choucroute Garni, Baeckeoffe, Tarte à l’Oignon… if you are not sure what they are, come and discover for yourself! Alsacez-vous, as the locals say.