FORTIFIED CASTLES, MUSEUMS AND RELIGIOUS MONUMENTS.
MOUNT ST ODILE*
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.
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.
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.
THE 3 CASTLES OF RIBEAUVILLE
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.
NORTH OF ALSACE
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.