Music Festival the 4th Saturday of June.
Free Light and Sound at the Dolder from the last week-end of June until August 31st.
Free guided visit of the Old Town from July 1st until August 31st at 17:00. Start in front of the Town Hall.
Guided stroll on the Winepath of the Grands Crus and visit of a cellar with degustation: everyday at 17:00. Inquires and program at the Tourist Office.
Degustation of wines with musical animation the 3 three first week-ends of September.
Sales of New Wine the 2 first week ends of October.
Guided visits in the Little Touristical Train : from May 1st until October 1st.
Phone : + 33 3 89 73 24 24 - Fax: + 33 3 89 73 32 94. Alternatively departing from Beblenheim, Bennwihr, Hunawihr, Mittelwihr, Riquewihr and Zellenberg, except on Saturdays and Sundays from July 1st until October 1st.
Tourist Information Office. Phone : + 33 3 89 47 80 80 - Fax : + 33 3 89 49 08 49. E-mail : firstname.lastname@example.org
You will have lots of company in Riquewihr
"Lovely wine village . . . lots of tourists"
I admit it; I am a tourist and I enjoy being one. However, having just come from Eguisheim and Turckheim where there were tourists, but not overwhelmingly so, this was an eye-opener. We arrived at the same time the local schools let out so there were hundreds of teenagers along with the tourists and it was truly a challenge to walk through the streets.
We did notice that if you went down a side street, it was much quieter. My suggestion would be to visit earlier in the day. Hindsight . . . ;^)
"Very very picturesque"
Even with the crowds, it was quaint and attractive. There were plenty of seats at the cafes because it was after lunch and before dinner. I suspect there were quite a few people in tasting rooms too.
The shops were open and busy and there were marvelous patisseries and tea rooms.
"Enjoy being a tourist"
Everyone seemed to be having a good time so we just joined the crowd. It was a very busy end to a quiet peaceful day but it was fun to talk about it over dinner later at our hotel.
It's a fun town and you can see the vineyards climbing the hills outside town when you look down the side streets. I have a feeling it will be a fun place in the evenings since it's so popular. Someone else will have to comment on that aspect though. 8^)
Pearl of Alsace
The village was mentioned for the first time under the name " Rochovilare " in documents of 1049. During the 11th century it belonged, as part of it, to the property of the Counts of Eguisheim.
Chief town in the 12th century of a seigniory belonging to the Lords of " Horbourg ", who fortified it in 1291 and conferred the status of town on it in 1320. In 1324, the " Horbourg " sold all their possessions to the Counts of " Wurtemberg " and died out little afterwards.
Riquewihr remained in the hands of the Counts, then Dukes of " Wurtemberg " until 1793. Their armorial bearings are omnipresent in the city.
In 1525, the inhabitants tired of undergoing the tyrannical treament which was inflicted to them by the Dukes, took part in the Peasants' War.
The Calvinism was introduced in 1534, and the Lutheranism little after in 1559. The 16th century and the beginning of the 17th century marked the apogee of the city, enriched by the sale of its famous wines.
The Thirty Year's War set an end to this prosperity.
Riquewihr made new great strides in the 18th century after joining France in 1793. Since the 20th century, Riquewihr knows a deserved tourist success and is currently one of the most visited places France, pearl of Alsace and the vineyard, is surely one of the most beautiful villages of France.
One rushes up from the whole world to discover its treasures.
"Emblem of Riquewihr"
The Emblem Of riquewihr probably was the base of the famous Stuttgard Based luxirous car Porsche
Riquewihr is a beautiful preserved medieval town. Narrow streets, cosy, lots of flowers and vineyards.
If you're lucky, you might see a white stork. In the old days you saw them a lot, but the use of pesticides and high voltage cables in the landscape killed a lot.
Nowadays there are breeding programs in the Alsace... thank God, because they're just magnificent!
"France or Germany?"
The Alsace (and Lorraine) were the battlefield of France against Germany for ages! Can't count the times this piece of land has changed nationality... and it shows!
The people act really french, but the food and drinks (sweet white wine) are quiet german.
"Route du Vin"
Riquewihr is one of the villages of the 'Route du VIn', 180 km, between Marlenheim and Thann.
The Alsace has famous wines, such as Gewürztraminer, Riesling, Muscat, Pinot Gris, Pinot Blanc and Pinot Noir. Pinot Noir is the only red wine.
You can tell that wine is popular here, just look at the quantity of 'winstubs' and offcourse of their vineyards. And... all the roses in the vineyards, they're planted to keep an eye on the insects, not for decoration.
RIQUEWIHR New Year 2003-04
New Year's Eve was quiet - except some fireworks around midnight.
We didn't go to any fancy restaurant and those few open in Riquewihr were already fully booked. We decided to have some glasses of champagne, french cheeses with of course "baguette"!
At midnight we went outside with the dog (he wasn't too scared after all) to see some of the fireworks...
...but it turned out that a lot of firecrackers were set to fire and created a lot of loud noise (now the dog was scared and wanted to be carried)...
...even set by restaurant owners and all guests outside!