Alsace Things to Do

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Alsace Things to Do

  • Notre-Dame Cathedral

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Strasbourg Things to Do

    Like many cathedrals and places with high towers, you can climb to the top for some exercise and a magnificent view. Strasbourg’s cathedral also has a tower climb, except that it doesn’t take you to the top of the tower, but rather you stop short of the spire, which, at 142 meters, was once the highest church spire in the world until the 1800s. The...

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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

    Strasbourg Things to Do

    Located on the southwest side of the island that makes up the city center of Strasbourg, the Petite France area is one of the most beautiful in the city. We were there on a clear summer day and the flower boxes along the pathways and the half-timbered buildings were in full bloom. This area was created around the canals of the River Ill and is...

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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 Rhine 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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  • Les Ponts Couverts

    Strasbourg Things to Do

    A ponte couvert is simply a covered bridge. While in Strasbourg, the part of Petite France near the Vauban Barrage is called Les Ponts Couverts, there is no covered bridge there. In the middle ages, a covered bridge made of wood was erected here, thus the name. In the 1600s after Louis XIV annexed the city, used the bridge to protect the city and...

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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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  • Place Gutenberg

    4 out of 5 stars

    Strasbourg Things to Do

    "What the world is today, good and bad, it owes to Gutenberg. Everything can be traced to this source, but we are bound to bring him homage, ... for the bad that his colossal invention has brought about is overshadowed a thousand times by the good with which mankind has been favored." ~American writer Mark Twain In the center of Place...

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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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  • The European Parliament

    4 out of 5 stars

    Strasbourg Things to Do

    Strasbourg is the official seat of the European Parliament, which it shares with Brussels. However, it is in Strasbourg that the votes occur during the 12 plenary sessions each year (committee meetings and other work are held in Brussels as well as Luxembourg). The European Parliament buildings are located outside the city center of Strasbourg,...

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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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

    The Council of Europe has 46 member states, and its purpose is to promote democracy, human rights and European integration. One small part of their work (the only part I know much about, actually, since I often have to explain it when I do presentations) is the development of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages. This...

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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Strasbourg

    Strasbourg - the largest city and capital of the Alsace region. To this day, its well-preserved oldtown gives testimony to the fact that the Alsace was a very prosperous region in the Middle Ages. The magnificent cathedral (Straßburger Münster) dominates the city. There are many fine ensembles of half-timbered architecture, especially around the...

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  • Zoo Mulhouse

    I can only give a mixed review on the Mulhouse Zoo. The setting, in a tranquil park-like location of Mulhouse, is just wonderful; several themed gardens are integrated into the zoo. Especially beautiful (when in bloom) is the Rhododendron Garden. Most animal enclosures are O.K., but with few exceptions, the overall impression is not very modern,...

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  • Kaysersberg

    Kayersberg is an idyllic Alsatian village (ca. 2700 inhabitants, ca. 10 km north of Colmar). It became part of France in 1648. The oldtown has colourful half-timbered houses; two paths lead to the ruined medieval castle that overlooks Kaysersberg; great panoramic views from here. The most famous local is probably Albert Schweitzer, the doctor who...

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  • Riquewihr

    The small village of Riquewihr (ca. 1200 inhabitants, ca. 12 km north of Colmar) has a perfectly preserved historic oldtown with complete city walls. A significant landmark of the oldtown is the "Dolder" gate tower. This village dates back to the 6th century, but only became part of France in 1793, in the aftermath of the French Revolutionary wars....

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  • Haute-Koenigsbourg

    The Château du Haut-Kœnigsbourg is a medieval castle 10 km distant from Selestat/Alsace, and one of the most popular visitor attractions in France. The historic castle, dating back to the 12th century, was in ruins till the start of the 20th century, when it was reconstructed according to the wishes of German Emperor Wilhelm II between 1901-1908...

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  • Colmar

    Colmar is a historic city in the Alsace region, with a medieval and renaissance heritage that is very visible in the city. The oldtown of Colmar is characterized by a complete ensemble of colourful half-timbered houses; especially in the so-called "Tanner`s Quarter". Another picturesque area is "Little Venice" with historic houses and bridges along...

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  • Chateau de Rohan, Saverne

    This is another imposing castle in the saga of the Rohan. I past by here and as we have a Rohan decided to take a quick look.It is done in the neo classic style as the end of the 18C. The gardens are along a canal with a nice walk. The castle has an interior decoration that was not completed due to the French revolution.Inside it is now the musée...

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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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