Ribeauvillé Travel Guide

  • Ribeauvillé
    by balhannah
  • Ribeauvillé
    by balhannah
  • Ribeauvillé
    by balhannah

Ribeauvillé Things to Do

  • Ribeauvillé's three chateaus

    Despite the fact that our guidebook considered Ribeauvillé "not as beautiful as its immediate neighbours" we decided to stop there and give the town a try. It was definitely worth it, mainly because of the slightly strenuous, but very rewarding hike up to Château de St. Ulrich and Château du Girsberg. Château du Haut-Ribeaupierre, the third castle,...

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  • Grand' Rue

    Ribeauvillé's main street is also its most beautiful street. Lined with lovely old houses, all bright and colourful, the street is appealing from its start near the Butcher's Tower (Tour des Bouchers) to its end close to the vineyards. In the "quartier pittoresque" you will find the beautiful Place de la Sinne with lots of restaurants and a nice...

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  • PLACE DE LA SINN

    This beautiful little square was a favorite of mine! Surrounding the square were beautiful fachwerk building's painted quite brightly. They have changed names since the olden days, when the Sun Inn (Auberge du Soleil) was once the meeting place of the local musicians and the Sheep Inn (Auberge du Mouton), an old post house.Also in the square is a...

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  • FOUNTAINS / WATER WELLS

    As I walked around Ribeauville, I found many water wells situated around the town. When my water bottle is empty, I fill from these. There is nothing wrong with the water, and it's like refrigerated water.1 -The Fontaine du Cerf, is located at 81 High street.2 - Fountain at Place de la Sinn3 -The Fountain infront of the Hotel De'Ville.4 - Republic...

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  • PLACE DE LA REPUBLIQUE

    Place de la Republique marks the edge of the historic old town. Here, there is a narrow canal running along the old street, and a good view of the Saint Ulrich Castle ruins on the hill.A Fountain here dates back to 1576.

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  • WALK OR TAKE PETIT TOURIST TRAIN

    THIS IS A MUST DO!The town of Ribeauville is full of historic buildings, most painted in bright colours and in different designs, that I feel walking is the way to go. There were so many shop windows to gaze into, of course, Ladies, you do need to enter some!Don't forget to look up either. I loved the quaint signs than hung above my head as I...

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  • HOTEL DE' VILLE

    The Hotel De'Ville is the Town-Hall. Built in 1773, inside is a collection of gold plates and silver goblets from the 15th to the 17th centuries, donated to the Town by the Lords of Ribeaupierre. It can be visited with A FREE TOUR every day except on Mondays and Saturdays from May to October.

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  • SAINTE GREGOIRE CATHOLIC CHURCH

    The Catholic church, Saint-Gregoire, was the former burial place of the Lords of Ribeauville. This is also a Gothic church, rather plain, but has a high Bell Tower built in 1260, a choir from 1282 and nave and aisles of the 14th century.A classified monument, it is a walk from the old town to visit.

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  • THE THREE KINGS INN

    Another heritage listed building! Nicely painted, this building has a masonry ground floor and upstairs is timber, what is known as corbelling [timber sticking out of the walls]. The building dates to the 15th century for sure, although it is not know if it was always used as a Inn. From 1729 to 1789 it was a meeting place of Fiddlers. It has been...

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  • SAINTE CATHERINE

    The small Sainte Catherine is a Church you can easily walk past.It's no longer used as a Church, instead, it's on the French heritage list.It has a very plain neo-Gothic exterior, complete with Gothic tracery windows. The inside was used as a burial vault by the Ribeaupierre dynasty, their coat of arms is above the Gothic style arch over the choir...

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  • THE BUTCHER'S TOWER

    The Butchers’ Tower (Tour des Bouchers) was named after the Abattoir and the Butchers’ stalls which used to be located beside it. The bottom part of the tower was built in 1290, but was raised 29 metres in 1536.. The Tower separates the Upper Town (Ville Haute) from the Middle Town (Ville Moyenne), it also is the Town clock and is the Town Emblem.

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  • Visit a winery or two or three

    Why are you in Ribeauville? Probably to taste a few Alsatian wines. If you look past the houses in this photo, you will see vineyards stretching as far as the eye can see. You are in wine countryYou can start in Ribeauville and follow the well-marked wine route. It is also a scenic "green" route in the Michelin maps. Generally follow the D-1, D-1b,...

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  • Old Inn 'Zum Elephant' - Auberge à...

    This timbered building dates back to 1522 and owes its surprising name for the Middle European location to the elephant pictured on its façade.To its right side lies the former Corn Exchange that was first mentioned in 1431. It housed the seigniorial grain dues, hoisted using a pulley at the top of the pinion. A grain market was held regularly at...

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  • Place de la Sinn

    This beautiful little square is lined with fine houses such as the Sun Inn (Auberge du Soleil) which was once the meeting place of the local musicians and the Sheep Inn (Auberge du Mouton), an old post house.In the middle of the square stands the fountain built by native André Friedrich in 1862 and which personifies the town of Ribeauvillé, its...

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  • Boucherie Charcuterie H. Siedel - Siedel...

    This remarkable red-painted half-timbered house is now home to a butchery. It features some interesting timber shapes: curule chairs and “gugloch” (small side windows where people inside can see without being seen from the outside).The Boucherie Charcuterie H. Siedel serves local Alsatian food at its best. Somehow the French "Boucherie Charcuterie"...

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  • Tour des Bouchers - The Butchers’ Tower

    The Butchers’ Tower separates the Upper Town (Ville Haute) from the Middle Town (Ville Moyenne). It is named after the abattoir and the butchers’ stalls which used to be located just beside it. The lowest part of the tower was built in 1290 and in 1536 it was decided to raise it to 29 metres. Often threatened with destruction, it has become the...

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  • L'Hôtel de Ville - The Town Hall

    Built in 1773 in the classical style, the facade is surmounted by a pediment. Windows and door include tracery of carved sandstone, the balcony of the first floor has a wrought iron railing Louis XVI style. Several artworks are preserved inside (old furniture from the castle Ribeaupierre, paintings, dyed fabrics). The Council Chamber is upholstered...

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  • Tourist Information and the Winegrowers’...

    The Octroi house was where the tax on trade coming in and going out of the low town was paid. One of its rooms (the former guardroom) now houses Ribeauvillé’s Tourist Information Centre. In front of the house, the Winegrowers’ fountain, built in 1909, evokes the importance of winegrowing in the local economy.Bureau du Tourisme Address: 1 Grand'Rue,...

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  • Wine Tasting

    After visiting the town (which will probably take an hour or so) and enjoying its charming architecture, get ready to taste some great french wines. The speciality of the region is the Riesling, an excellent white wine, sweeter than most.Ribeauvillé doesn´t lack options for visitors willing to try its wines. There are many wine cellars or growers...

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  • Walk around this lovely town

    The first thing to do as you arrive in Ribeauvillé is to take a leisurely walk around the town. There´s a picturesque alsacian charm in every street, so take your time and enjoy the views. Grand´Rue is the main street, crossing the entire town, with many restaurants and souvenirs shops all along it.From May to October, there are free guided tours,...

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  • Girsbergs castle

    Ruins of the " Girsberg's castle of the 13th century, the " Hohrappoltstein " or " Haut-Ribeaupierre " of 13th to the 15th centuries, " Saint-Ulrich " with dungeon and housing of the 12th century, the Knights' room of the beginning of the 13th century, the extensions of the 13th to the 16th centuries.

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Ribeauvillé Hotels

  • Clos St-Vincent Ribeauville

    Route de Bergheim , Rue Klee Osterbergweg, Ribeauville, 68150, France

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Business

Ribeauvillé Restaurants

  • Close to my favorite hotel

    It was cold and lightly raining. We had a long drive that day and were tired so we looked for the nearest restaurant with lots of people in it. This took us around the corner to the Cheval Noir (Black Horse) a block away. It was toasty warm inside and very friendly. French restaurants are usually convivial and this was no exception. I got...

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  • Black Stallione

    Au cheval noir is a small restaurant situated in the entrance of the city .They serv local food and I think that they are pretty successful

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  • outstanding

    Patisserie Vilmain is really exceptionnal with her home made cakes and all sort of patisserie.I am coming from the land of sweets but I have to accept that they are good very good !!! Big violet cake

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Ribeauvillé Transportation

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    by robertbaum Written Jan 29, 2013

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    Actually I didn't have a problem to park my sedan near the city centre. So this tiny car size is supposedly necessary for local residents only.

    If by car then enter the town only with small car.
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Ribeauvillé Shopping

  • DOLLS

    Are you a Doll collector and find it difficult to locate them?Here in Ribeauville, on the Grand Rue, was a shop that not only sold souvenirs, but sold French dolls. Some were the soft kind, good to give to a child to play with, and others were nicely dressed, too good to be played with, but nice to put on display.

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  • Local Wine Merchant with Degustation

    I was quite surprised when at home I compared my picture of the shop with another I found online, see http://www.barloga.com/products/metz-freres-ribeauvillealsace-france. I'm wondering which image is older.Anyway, go in, savour and buy some fine Alsatian wine.

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  • A List of Local Wine Cellars and Shops

    Wine discoveries, cellars, tours and tastingWebsite: http://www.ribeauville-riquewihr.com/en/discover/wine-growers.htmBrandiesWebsite: http://www.ribeauville-riquewihr.com/en/visit/brandies.htmGeneral genresWebsite: http://www.ribeauville-riquewihr.com/en/local-shops.htm

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Ribeauvillé Local Customs

  • Pfifferdaj Festival

    On the first Sunday of September, the Fiddlers’ Festival (Pfifferdaj) celebrates the “day of the fifes” in Ribeauvillé. This is one of Alsace’s oldest festivals when travelling musicians used to gather in the town to pay homage to their suzerain. The brotherhood of musicians grew so strong during the Middle-Ages that it became a corporation whose...

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  • Osterberg wines

    Long renowned, the Osterberg is mentioned in documents dating from the Middle Ages, when the nobles of Ribeau-pierre owned vineyards on this slope.The Osterberg is ideally suited to Riesling, Gewurztraminer and to Tokay Pinot Gris.Typical characteristics : A wine which ages particularly well, the Riesling develops a powerful body, an aroma of great...

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  • Kirchberg wines

    Mentioned for the first time in 1328 by the famous historian Medard Barth, the Kirchberg is located on one of the finest sites. Wines produced on this slope have long been commercialised with the Kirchberg appellation.Typical characteristics : Great finesse and well-structured body : Alsace Grand Cru Kirchberg wines share an elegant bouquet, which...

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