Alsace Things to Do

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    Notre Dame Cathedral - Front Entrance
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Alsace Things to Do

  • Notre-Dame Cathedral

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    Strasbourg Things to Do

    The monumental Strasbourg Cathedral is a huge tourist draw in this area. It is well worth seeing, but be advised that you won't be alone. The cathedral is open to the public every day from 7 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. and from 12:40 to 7 p.m. Admission is free. For a small fee you can also climb up the stairs in the cathedral tower, but this may well...

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  • Old Town

    Colmar Things to Do

    Every evening, going to our usual restaurant at Koïfhus, we passed on this corner of the Rue des Marchands. Each time I tried a photo in the dark without tripod; most are blurred, a few are acceptable. As apparently all photos here are on day time I will add a few at night with the Christmas illuminations. The "Maison Pfister" is probably the...

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  • La Petite France

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    Strasbourg Things to Do

    Walking through Petite France waterways district is very pleasant, many beautiful old buildings, tour boats on the water and sometimes you may see one using the locke to continue along the waterway. A very colourful walk and a good opportunity to enjoy a coffee or lunch at one of the many waterside restaurants.

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  • Petite Venise

    Colmar Things to Do

    This is certainly the most popular photograph of Colmar. A must for every visitor. It is taken from the bridge of the Turenne street on the Lauch River. The half-timbered houses which form the Romantik hotel - restaurant Le Maréchal constitute the most spectacular element of this part of Colmar called the "Petite Venise". Actually this district,...

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  • Boat trip on the river

    Strasbourg Things to Do

    For tourists who are short of time to see Strasbourg I would recommend a river cruise. Strasbourg is a very old town and has developed over the centuries by the waterway. A cruise is a good way of viewing the old buildings and experiencing the locks.

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  • Museums

    Colmar Things to Do

    Colmar's most famous son. While Eiffel may be the most famous of those who worked on the Statue of Liberty in New York, it was Bartholdi who conceived of the idea, designed the statue and made the whole thing happen. Today his memory is treasured in his home town, first by his museum on Rue des Marchands, but also in a replica 12 meter high Statue...

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  • Place Gutenberg

    4 out of 5 stars

    Strasbourg Things to Do

    Probably most famous for the Christmas Market that is held here every year, the square is named after Johannes Gutenberg. While he was a child of Mainz - born, bred and died there - it was in Strasbourg that he invented the printing press that so changed the world. Outside of the Christmas markets the square's most striking feature is the historic...

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  • Churches

    Colmar Things to Do

    St. Martin's Collegiate church as we see now was built in the 13th century and is in Alsace a major example of Gothic architecture. The foundations go back to the year 1000. The bulb-shaped dome that gives the building its characteristic appearance is from 1575 after a fire burnt down the former bell tower. The massive pillars of the façade give...

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  • The European Parliament

    4 out of 5 stars

    Strasbourg Things to Do

    This is the European Parliament building. But it's complicated. There are two others. This is the most important one - where the entire parliament meets. The location of the building in Strasbourg, a city with its feet in France but its head in Germany, seems a fitting place and reflects the importance of the Franco-German alliance to the whole EU,...

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  • Fountains/ Statues

    Colmar Things to Do

    A nice fountain located near the Ancient Douane. Designed by Auguste Bartholdi in 1898 and demolished during World War 2 it was rebuilt after the war. Lazare de Schwendi was War Chief between 1564 and 1568 under the Emperor Maximilian II.

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  • Palais des Rohan- Museums

    Strasbourg Things to Do

    Our Strasbourg Pass included one museum admission and I selected Palais Rohan, I didn't realize that it was actually three separate museums-the Musee des Arts decoratifs (decorative arts), Musee des Beaux-Arts (fine arts) and Musee Archeologique (archeology). So having to select one, I went for the decorative arts museum

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  • House of Heads

    Colmar Things to Do

    Each time I passed in front of the Maison des Têtes (House of the Heads); I wondered what had inspired the merchant Anton Burger in 1609 to build this manor in German Renaissance with its 111 grotesque heads or masks on the frontage!? The façade is beautiful with its oriel which rises on three stages. The gable is surmounted by a statue,...

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  • Les Ponts Couverts

    Strasbourg Things to Do

    As much as Strasbourg relied on the waters of the river Ill to bring it trade, feed its tanneries and fuel its mills, the river could bring something else too: enemies. So while Petite France pushed out into the waters, the canals that threaded their way through and around the city were bridged, and more importantly blocked, by the Pont Couverts....

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  • Barrage Vauban

    Strasbourg Things to Do

    From the middle ages to the 17th century, a fortified covered bridges device ensured the urban defense of the vulnerable coast where the Ill is divided into four channels. The progress of the fortification make this obsolete system, so that one student a little upstream from the old bridges a great fortified lock that spans the entire width of the...

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  • Église Saint Pierre le Vieux

    Strasbourg Things to Do

    This was another Church that I came across where I could visit the inside. First I had to walk past the several beggars that were sitting outside the Church entrance. Saint-Pierre-le-Vieux Church is believed to be the first Church built in Strasbourg as it was mentioned way back in 1130, although a much older church dated back to the 4th or 8th...

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  • The Council of Europe

    Strasbourg Things to Do

    Strasbourg is not only European capital of Alsace, but also the seventh largest city in France. It is a young city, for students and tourists, providing a perfect balance between historical and economic dynamism Like many large cities also Strasbourg districts, each with its own identity, closely related to their history and residents. Until the...

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  • Pont Saint Martin

    3.5 out of 5 stars

    Strasbourg Things to Do

    Point Saint Martin is second most famous bridge in Petite France. From the bridge is great view of canal and half timbered houses. Under the bridge is great restaurant with gallery which was washing place and where women washed their linen.

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  • The Modern Art Museum

    Strasbourg Things to Do

    The Modern Art museum is a large glass building I came across on my walk. The Museum sits beside the River Ill, in Strasbourg’s historical neighborhood. As I am not a lover of modern art, I didn't go inside, but I did read it houses collections of paintings, sculptures, decorative artefacts, temporary and permanent exhibitions. On the 1st floor of...

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  • Church of Saint Paul

    Strasbourg Things to Do

    They picked the perfect spot for a church. As the waters of the river Ill diverge once more in its path through Strasbourg, the church of St. Paul's sits contentedly in the diamond of land called Place du General Eisenhower. Its twin spired facade juts out into the widest part of the river like the prow of a ship - the space and high towers...

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  • Musee de l'Oeuvre Notre-Dame

    Strasbourg Things to Do

    Visit the Musee de l'Oeuvre Notre-Dame. This museum dedicated to art of the Strasbourg and upper Rhine region is set in a magnificent group of ancient buildings, the oldest being from the 14th century.

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  • Abbatiale St Pierre et St Paul,...

    wonderful abbey in picturesque nice town of Wissembourg. Open for visits april to October from t. 9-18h, November to march from 13h30-16h30.wow whre to begin!!!It has superb elements of the gothic style construction that makes the second building of its kind in Alsace after the Cathédrale de Strasbourg. The furniture is from a copy of the 11C today...

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  • Church Saint Georges ,Sélestat

    a wonderful church sometimes call a Cathedral by the locals. built for the first time from the 7C AD.Charlemagne visited in 775AD. The portals are from the 13C,statues from the 17c to the 19C inside so many to mention. an organ done from 1896.Painting dating back to 1789 abound. Stained glass from 1430 onwards. funeral monuments from the...

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  • Maison Pfister, Colmar

    nice house in city center, took my eye both day and night. Kept the night photo.The Pfister House was built in 1537 on behalf of the Ludwig Scherer Hatter who made his fortune with the silver trade in the Valley of Lièpvre. Despite its medieval characteristics, it is the first example of the architectural Renaissance in Colmar. With its oriel of...

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  • Musée Unterlinden, Colmar

    a wonderful little museum me think in Colmar not usual for me to stop by alone to museums but as my drives takes me to all France, well here it is the museum. Open in 1853.The Unterlinden Museum is one of the museums of fine arts most visited in provincial France. For more than 150 years, it is managed by the Schongauer company that has financial...

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  • Cathedral Notre Dame de Strasbourg

    One of the marvels of France, and could not possibly be missed. I take every opportunity to stop by even when running on business. the official Catholic site for the Cathedral is herehttp://www.cathedrale-strasbourg.fr/The Cathedral Notre-Dame of Strasbourg is representative of the Gothic architecture.with 142. meters high ,it was the highest...

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  • St. Martin Church

    St. Martin Church is sometimes called a cathedral, but it is not as Colmar has never been the seat of a bishopric. However, it is a 13th Century gothic monument built of red and golden stones with colorful tiled roofs which give it a local Alsatian flavor. It is quite tall and is rife with huge columns which give it a very massive appearance. The...

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  • Musée Unterlinden

    Due to renovation and expansion, part of the museum is closed from June 2012 to spring 2014.It is worth visiting the Unterlinden just to see its two most famous works, the Isenheim Altarpiece and Schongauer’s “Virgin of the Rose Bush” painting. It is housed in a 13th century Dominican religious sisters' convent and, outside the Ile de France, it is...

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  • Sipping the wine

    Among many other unique characteristics of Alsace is its wine. I think it is the only wine region in France which names its wines according to the grape variety: Pinots, Muscat, Reisling and Gewurztraminer being major ones. There are several varieties within the groups and wines can be from very dry to a bit sweeter. Most wines in Alsace are white...

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  • Sipping the wine

    Among many other unique characteristics of Alsace is its wine. I think it is the only wine region in France which names its wines according to the grape variety: Pinots, Muscat, Reisling and Gewurztraminer being major ones. There are several varieties within the groups and wines can be from very dry to a bit sweeter. Most wines in Alsace are white...

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  • Kaysersburg

    This is one of the most beautiful villages on the Wine Road, although each one makes you think you have driven into a picture postcard. Of course it is one of the fine wine growing areas in Alsace and wine produced from the Tokay grape variety is a local specialty. It retains a medieval atmosphere which is typified by the marvelous medieval church....

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  • Grand Canal d’Alsace

    The Rhine is a beautiful river and a major shipping lane but evidently the shallows and swift current in places is a bit of a problem. This channel was built in 1962 to enable shipping between Amsterdam/Rotterdam to Basel/Lyon and also to provide electricity to the area, producing almost a million kwh annually for that purpose.Marckolsheim was...

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  • Strasbourg Cathedral

    I have a theory that every city and town in France has a Notre Dame and Strasbourg is no exception. This magnificent churchwas begun in 1015 but most of what you see is 13th Century Gothic and Romanesque in the red sandstone. There were some later 15th Century additions and refinements. The stonemasons who built the great Chartres Cathedral also...

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  • Catholics and Protestants together

    This picturesque little church sits on a hill at the edge of town and overlooks Hunawihr. It is a 16th Century structure with some parts going back earlier and includes a wall around the cemetery beside the church. Due to the back and forth French and German history of Alsace, it has been alternately Catholic and Protestant and is now shared by...

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  • WWII Maginot Line

    Leading up to WWII, a futile effort by the French to ward off German attacks was the construction of the Maginot Line. Named for French Minister of War André Maginot, the line was basically along the borders with Germany, Switzerland and Italy and consisted of concrete fortifications, tank obstacles, artillery casemates, etc. There is one just...

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  • Park des Cygognes (Park of Storks)

    The stork is a symbol of Alsace; you can see lots of pictures of them nesting on chimneys - this is almost an Alsatian logo. However, a few decades ago the population had shrunk to 5 pairs! To correct this problem this repopulation center was opened and now there are well in excess of 200 pairs. The park also is helping reestablish the otter and...

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  • Butterflies everywhere

    This little center was another delightful surprise. It features both some outdoor and indoor butterfly habitats and a vast variety of buttlerflies in all colors. It is a brilliant display and an ideal place if you have kids along.How about this neon blue one on a bright pink orchid! Can't get better than that. Another brilliantly colored butterfly...

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  • Colmar

    There is no doubt that Colmar is a very beautiful town. Of course we were not the only ones who thought so. Colmar was absolutely crowded! Our main reason to come to Colmar was to see the Isenheim Altar by Matthias Grünewald. It is in the Unterlinden Museum.The poor girl at the ticket office was by herself and she also had to take care of the...

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  • Castle Fleckenstein near Lembach

    The castle ruin is one of the famous and the most imposing fortresses of region Wasgau. It is a specific one because it was from 1129 to 1710 continuously the seat of the Fleckenstein family. All about history of castle, family Fleckenstein and pictures are on website by Fleckenstein´s (English)Another language links and more links: Links...

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  • Tour the Alsace Wine Route by car

    The Alsace Wine Routeis perfect for gourmands to sample all the wines and dishes of the region. To top it off, it’s all set in rolling green hills covered with rows of grapevines, dotted with magical fairytale villages and medieval castles.

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  • Burg Hochkoenigsburg

    This is a very medieval place to visit and enjoy! The Hochkoenigsbourg is a great place to learn about life in former times! You can drive up or walk all the way up - which is quite steep!!! I know, what I am talking about, since our old car almost started boiling while driving up there!!! ;-)Still I would highly recommend to visit this castle to...

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  • Visiting the Alsace Wine Road by Train...

    I live in Alsace so I'm a little biased...It's a very small region so not so difficult if you're planning to do some biking. The trains will take you only so far and then you'll have to ride your bike from there.The wine region in June is beautiful for biking and there are lots of little villages you can stop in along the way although it is a bit...

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  • Wissembourg

    This little place still has the charm of a 17th century village and has a very interesting history. It was birthplace of the sculptor Frederic Auguste Bartholdi who made the Statue of Liberty of New York City and was home of Louis XV's wife Marie.

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  • Strasbourg

    Strasbourg, the capital of the Alsace, is situated close to the German border at the confluence of the Bruche and Ill rivers. Main attraction is the cathedral "Notre-Dame", built in 1246. A view from the cathedral's spire is a must! The centre of the town attracts with beautiful restored half-timbered buildings.

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  • Strasbourg

    Strasbourg is the gateway to the Alsace. It has a modern part and the old town, which combines half-timbered houses, classical mansions, winstub cafes out under the trees, cobblestone streets and the green canals of the River Ill. The most famous monument definitely is the sandstone Cathedral.For more information, please have a look at my...

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  • Old fortified town of Neuf-Brisach

    This town is unique in the area - a planned fortified town designed and built with military defense in mind. The plans were made by Marquis de Vauban, a military engineer for King Louis XIV to guard the border facing east, along the Alsacian plain. The strict geometric design is striking from air photos, and impressive to experience by walking...

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