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Guided tours in Colmar, Monte Santa Odília, the castle of Haut-Koenigsbourg, the Ecomusee…

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Strasbourg has “ Petite France”, Colmar has “ Little Venice” , where colorful half-timbered houses decorate the banks of the canals.

But Colmar is much more than that: the Gothic churches, Renaissance architecture and the city’s many museums are worth a look or a deeper visit.   

  • Unterlinden Museum: a former convent transformed into a museum that keeps precious things, such as the Issenheim Altarpiece: 11 painted panels that open to tell the story of Christ and St. Anthony. A renaissance masterpiece.  
  • Bartholdi Museum : few people know that the Statue of Liberty – one of the most famous monuments in the world – was the work of this Alsatian. In his hometown – which was turned into a museum -, his story is told through personal notes, drawings, engravings and miniatures of his works.  
  • Hansi Museum: This Alsatian designer was born and lived during the exchange of nationalities in the region. In his works, he made a point of showing his love for Alsace, but also for France. He is regarded as the ambassador of popular traditions in Alsace.

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The city has a well-preserved architectural ensemble that reflects various eras, especially the Renaissance.

But its greatest treasure is its Humanist Library. A visit to this literary museum is like a journey through the history of writing, starting with the manuscripts, passing through the incunabula and reaching the invention of the printing press in the West.    

* Can be combined with a visit to Ebermunster Abbey, a jewel of Baroque architecture

Monte Santa Odília *

Even today a pilgrimage center, the convent is one of the most visited places in the region. A visit to its interior allows you to learn about the life story (and legends) of the patron saint of Alsace. Outside – which offers the most beautiful panoramic view in the region – a route can be taken to observe how the convent was built on a rock, visit the miraculous well and the pagan wall.

* Can be combined with a visit to the charming little town of Obernai.

Haut-Koenigsbourg

Although small, the Alsace region has one of the largest concentrations of medieval castle ruins. A visit to the Haut-Koenigsbourg – nowadays a museum from the Middle Ages – allows you to understand the tumultuous history of the region and discover why this castle is considered one of the main symbols of German influence in the region.

Ecomusee

Several half-timbered houses have been regrouped to recreate a typical 19th-century Alsatian village. A visit to this open-air museum allows you to learn about the way of life and customs of a population that was, for the most part, rural.

Trail of the 3 castles of Ribeauvillé

Ribeauvillé is one of the most charming villages along the Wine Route. This active route option combines a brief guided tour of the village with a hike uphill to visit the ruins of the castles of the “lords” of Ribeauvillé.

Northern Alsace Tours

Northern Alsace is still a region little explored by visitors. But there are many options for original itineraries that can include: ruins of medieval castles, military constructions of the Maginot Line, typical villages, visits to ceramics manufacturing workshops (typical handicrafts in the region) and the Lalique Museum.

Another tour option not listed here? Contact us to discuss this possibility further.

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