Alsace is like a fairy tale; half-timbered houses adorned with flowers, gabled roofs, and chimneys topped with stork nests. Alsace has a very individual personality - neither French nor German, but somewhere between the two. It is found in eastern France, on the border with Germany to the east and the Lorraine region of France to the west. It is the smallest region in France and very pretty in its location between the Vosges Mountains and the Rhine.
The famousWine Road winds its way through 75 miles of storybook villages The wines of the region are primarily white, with a strong Germanic influence. Alsace produces some of the finest dry Rieslings in the world, and is also well known for its Gewurztraminer wines, as well as Muskat and Pinot Blanc. Tourists can stop in a village "winstub?, a combination of restaurant and wine bar, to sample Alsatian wines and specialties, like baeckeoffe, sauerkraut and tartes flambees. Or there are many food markets and local shops to visit for specialty cheeses, meats, foie gras, cakes and honey.
The Romanesque Road of Alsace links both the well-known and the more secret examples of Romanesque architecture of Alsace, linking churches, abbeys and fortresses that range from the first Romanesque structures of Alsace at the abbey church of Saint Trophime, Eschau, to the 13th century, and the beginning of Gothic architecture in Alsace
Strasbourg is not only Alsace's capital, but is the heart of United Europe. Yet away from its modern buildings, down canals and pedestrian alleyways is the enchanting medieval section known as "Petite France."
Colmar, a lovely Renaissance town is home to the extraordinary Unterlinden Museum. A restored 13th Century nunnery, the Unterlinden's square courtyard is flanked by its former chapel where the Isenheim Altarpiece now hangs.
In Mulhouse, visitors find a museum dedicated to the automobile. Five hundred classic cars, including many rare Bugattis, are preserved inside.
Former fortresses like Riquewihr andKaysersberg have been bypassed by history, their streets and turreted walls once meant to repel invaders now invite children to discover that history is more than just museums.
Paris - Alsace and Strasbourg
Spend a few days in Paris, then rent a car, and follow that with a sumptuous stay at one of the charming chateaux or inns in the Alsace wine region, then end with a couple of days in Strasbourg.
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