Alsace

FRANCE | TRADITIONS, CULTURE AND VINEYARDS!

Trip Style

Mountainous

Availability

March to October

Highlight

Strasbourg Cathedral, Riquewihr, Mont Sainte-O dile, Haut-Koenigsbourg

Price from

825 EUR

 

Grade

Fancy a breath of fresh air and a return to simpler times? Parks, gardens, nature reserves, the Ballon d’Alsace, the renowned Wine Route… Alsace can quench your thirst for greenery and fulfilment!

 

There are 21 nature reserves in Alsace! Wander through the lush Alsatian Petite Camargue and the peaceful Delta de la Sauer. Stroll around Rhinau Island where abundant creepers, a multitude of birds, and twisted trees will transport you far from the places you think you know.

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Mountain enthusiasts will find happiness in Alsace on the marked Alpine character of the Honeck Mountain. Admire the magnificent Lac Blanc, overlooked by a rock in the shape of a fortress.

 

Fortified castles highlight the foothills of the Vosges and the bunkers of the Maginot Line. The fortifications of Vauban are listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, just like Strasbourg and its Grande Ile. In Alsace, more than elsewhere, heritage compliments legacy.

 

A curious mix of German and French cultures, the wealth of the area’s sometimes troubled past is marked in the Alsacian countryside. Enthusiasts of stones loaded with history will love the walk through Alscae’s towns and villages! Heritage is still truly alive in the villages you will walk through, through skills passed down through generations. You will be impressed by the know-how of craftsmen, in line with tradition with a touch of modern adaption.

 

Alsace invites you to discover its traditional cuisine, from Sauerkraut and flammekuche to flakey pies and local produce bursting with flavour. You will have plenty to choose from in terms of wines as well along the Alsace Wine Route.

 

Alsatian cuisine is distinguished by its techniques and taste, for both savoury and sweet dishes. Thousands of flavours will accompany your meal eaten in a starred restaurant, a bierstub or a winstub. These meeting places reflect what the Alsatians love above all: sharing good things.

PACKAGE DETAILS

Day 1: Arrival in Strasbourg

Your self-guided walking holiday of Alsace begins from Strasbourg. We can arrange to collect you from the Strasbourg train station or airport, or you can make your own way to your city centre accommodation.

 

Welcome to the heart of Alsace, a land of traditions and culture!

Day 2: Strasbourg and train to Obernai 30 min

With its monumental gothic cathedral featuring carvings as delicate as any piece of lacework, Strasbourg is one of Europe’s most attractive cities. Thanks to the richness and the sheer density of its heritage sites , the entire town centre has been listed as UNESCO World Heritage.

 

Explore the Kammerzell house for a journey back in time, the Petite France quarter: “The district on the waters”, and the intriguingly mysterious Church of Saint-Thomas. Strasbourg is one of the only cities in the world which is home to international institutions without being a national capital. It houses the Council of Europe, the Human Rights Building, the European Parliament.

 

Strasbourg is well worth a visit, to discover its history, its cuisine, and its unique atmosphere.

Day 3: Obernai to Andlau 23km/6h15

In the charming village of Obernai, you will enter the heart of Alsace’s wine country. The Obernai region, which was the property of the dukes of Alsace in the 7th century, is the birthplace of St. Odile, who would become the Patron Saint of Alsace.

 

Walk up to the spiritual shrine to the saint, at the top of Mont Sainte Odile. The hill will amaze you with its extraordinary views and its exceptional natural and archaeological environment. Wander the marked paths for hikers to find places that invite meditation. You will discover the Château du Landsberg, listed since 1965 as a “Monument Historique”, just before to arrive in Barr and then Andlau.

Day 4: Andlau to Châtenois 24.7km/6h30

The authentic village of Andlau owes its origin to Andlau Abbey which was founded in 880. It is famous for its former collegiate church, now the parish church, Saints-Pierre-et-Paul.

 

Two castles are found in the immediate vicinity. The Château d’Andlau was built in Andlau between 1246 and 1264. The Château de Spesbourg, located in the hills immediately above Andlau, was built between 1246 and 1250. The path to Châtenois offers vineyards as far as the eye can see and several castles at the top of hills, where you will have a beautiful panorama of Alsatian plain.

 

Gaze around at the ruins on the peaks of Ungersberg (901m), Bernstein (552m), Ortenbourg (450m) and Ramstein (384m). These castles have been listed as “Monument Historique” for almost 90 years.

Day 5: Châtenois to Thannenkirch 13.5km/4h

Walk along the wine route to mouth of two valleys in the Vosges. Châtenois is a city of Celtic origin, which has preserved the remains of the  “Witches Tower” built in the 15th century. You will also find a Church from 1759 here, with a magnificent old Silbermann organ inside it.

Climb to the Château du Haut-Kœnigsbourg on a high hill overlooking the Alsatian plain. This castle is the only castle in Alsace that was rebuilt in 1899 by the German Emperor Wilhelm II.

 

After crossing Schaentzel Pass (583m), the way continues until Thannenkirchen.

Day 6: Thannenkirch to Kaysersberg 16,5km/4h30

Situated below the Taennchel mountain (992 m), Thannenkirch is a “zone of tranquillity and silence”. In the spring, this village, which has preserved its authentic character and its simplicity, is the scene of a thousand flowering cherry trees. You can admire the delicate blooms in any of the village’s many orchards.

 

This stage of the walk has been kept short to leave plenty of time for visits to the towns you will walk through; Ribeauville, Riquewhir and Kaysesberg.

 

On the way to Ribeauvillé, you will see several relics of the past, such as the Château du Haut-Ribeaupierre (650m), Château Saint-Ulrich (510m)  or Château du Girsberg (510m) ruins. The picturesque town of Ribeauvillé is in part surrounded by ancient walls and has many picturesque medieval houses. Visit the two old churches, St Gregory and St Augustine, both fine Gothic buildings.

 

A while later you arrive in Riquewhir, a romantic medieval city between mountains and vineyards. Famous for its historical architecture, Riquewihr is also known for the Riesling and other great wines produced in the village. The village is a member of the Les Plus Beaux Villages de France (“The most beautiful villages of France”) association.

Day 7: Kaysersberg to Colmar with bus 22min

Kaysersberg is considered one of the most beautiful cities on the wine route. The high fortress that dominates the city serves as a reminder of both its strategic importance and its warlike past. Before World War One, Kaysersberg was part of Germany.

 

You have the option to spend the morning wandering the town and take the bus to Colmar instead of walking today if you prefer. If you do want to walk, the trip from Kaysersberg to Colmar is around 11 km.

 

Situated along the Alsatian Wine Route, Colmar considers itself to be the “Capital of Alsatian Wine”. Colmar is undoubtably an exceptional town due to the wealth and variety of its historical and architectural heritage. Saint Martin’s Collegiate Church, The Dominican Church, House of Heads, Voltaire’s residence and many more sites await you. They are all wonderfully preserved from the ravages of time. Colmar’s homogenous historical centre is classed as a “protected area”.

Day 8: Way back from Colmar

Your self-guided walking holiday of Alsace finishes in Colmar. We can arrange extra nights anywhere on the itinerary during your walk or after your last walking day. We can also arrange train station or airport transfers.

 

Please get in touch: info@onefootabroad.com for more info.

INCLUDED AND NOT

    • 7 nights in 2* or 3* hotels
    • 7 Breakfast
    • Roadbook (Guidebook)
    • Luggage Transfer
    • 24/7 Customer Care
  • Flights/trains
  • Insurance
  • Drinks
  • Transfer from/to airport
  • Extra night stays
  • Upgrade Hotels to 4*

Access

Way in: To Strasbourg

Daily train (TGV) from/to:
Stuttgart (1.20 hrs)
Zurich (2.05 hrs)
Paris (2.20 hrs)
Lille (3.20 hrs)
Munich (3.40 hrs)
Nantes (5.10 hrs)
Rennes (5.15 hrs)
Avignon (5.55 hrs)
Bordeaux (6.45 hrs)

TER regional train (for Alsace region):
Strasbourg-Entzheim Airport – Strasbourg (7min)
Strasbourg – Obernai (30min)
Strasbourg – Colmar (30min)
Strasbourg – Mulhouse (45min)

Details on prices and time on the sncf websites:
For TGV trains
For TER trains (Alsace region)

 

Bus:
Kaysersberg – Colmar (22min): Line 145A

 

Motorway:
Paris – Strasbourg (5.05 hrs): A4
Lille/Brussels – Strasbourg (5.15/4.35 hrs): E411 and A4
Lyon – Strasbourg (4.55 hrs): E6 and A36
Basel/Mulhouse – Strasbourg (1.35/1.20 hrs): A35
Stuttgart – Strasbourg (1.45 hrs): A8 and A5
Frankfurt – Strasbourg (2.25 hrs): A5

The closest airport is Strasbourg-Entzheim (12 km west of Strasbourg’s downtown) or Karlsruhe/Baden-Baden (58km from Strasbourg). Other possible airports: Paris Orly and Paris Charles De Gaulle (490km from Strasbourg), Basel-Mulhouse (130km from Strasbourg) or Frankfurt (210km from Strasbourg).

Daily direct flights:
Strasbourg-Paris (1h) – Air France
Strasbourg-Lille (1h) – Air France
Strasbourg-Amsterdam (1h15) – Air France
Strasbourg-Brussels (1h05) – Brussels Airlines
London – Frankfurt (1h15) – Ryanair
London – Karlsruhe (1h30) – Airberlin
London – Paris (1h20) – British Airways
Dublin – Frankfurt (2h) – Ryanair or Aer Lingus
Dublin – Paris (1h45) – Aer Lingus
Cork – Paris (1h35) – Aer Lingus

Way back: From Colmar

TER regional train (for Alsace region):
Strasbourg – Colmar (30min)

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