Visit Haut-Rhin, France
Haut-Rhin is famous above all for its many picturesque villages and its vineyards, perhaps best discovered by following the route of the Alsace Wine Route
Selected places to visit in Haut-Rhin
Exploring the Haut-Rhin department
The more southerly of the two Alsace departments, the Haut-Rhin is above all a popular destination with those seeking to visit traditional Alsace villages and enjoy the local wine - be sure to also allow time to explore the medieval centre of Colmar.
Colmar is the capital of the Haut-Rhin department. This northern region of the Haut-Rhin department in Southern Alsace is particularly attractive, dotted with lots of picturesque villages and towns. This is a key part of the Alsace Wine Route.
Clustered around Colmar there is lots to do and see. Colmar itself has a lovely medieval centre and the 'Little Venice' area of Colmar is particularly attractive, and the town is also a good size and a good base for exploring the region.
Three 'most beautiful villages of France are nearby at Eguisheim, Riquewihr and Hunawihr. Equisheim and Riquewihr in particular both have the appearance of villages that have dropped straight out of a fairy story, they are delightful (though busy in peak season).
The town of Kaysersberg should be a priority for a visit, especially the area along the river. and the towns of Munster, Turckheim, and Ribeauvillé each have their own characteristics to discover and explore. See also the very pretty fortified village of Bergheim.
The Vauban designed defensive town at Neuf Brisach is in this part of Alsace
This is the most southerly part of Alsace, and centres around Mulhouse - itself an industrial centre, but with some fascinating museums.
Two very popular attractions in haut-Rhin are found at Ungersheim: the Ecomuseum (the largest in France, with more than 70 reconstructed period house) and the Biosphere.
Attractions and towns is bloom in Haut-Rhin
Many towns in Alsace make a great effort with their flowers and gardens, and several in haut-Rhin have been rewarded with the 'ville fleurie 4*' award. These include Bergheim, Colmar, Eguisheim, Guebwiller, Hirtzbach, Huningue, Masevaux, Ribeauville, Sausheim and Soultzmatt.
A popular way to explore Alsace is by following the villages of the Alsace wine route.
See Alsace tourist information for these and other places in Alsace that have been officially classified as 'tourist attractions'.
Map of Haut-Rhin
French version: Haut-Rhin (Francais)