Alsace places to visit and attractions

Below you can explore some of the most popular highlights and places of interest in the Alsace region. See also our Alsace travel guide.

Altkirch (Haut-Rhin)

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In the oldest part of Altkirch you can still see part of the defensive walls and a medieval gateway into the town

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Barr (Bas-Rhin)

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Less visited than many, Barr is something of an undiscovered gem among the popular Alsace villages

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Bergheim (Haut-Rhin)

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The original fortified walls still surround the very picturesque village of Bergheim

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Chateau d'Andlau (Bas-Rhin)

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It is the views as much as the castle itself at Chateau Andlau that provide a substantial part of the attraction

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Chateau de Fleckenstein (Bas-Rhin)

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The Chateau de Fleckenstein is one of the most imposing ruined castles along the Route des Chateaux in Alsace

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Chateau du Haut-Koenigsbourg (Bas-Rhin)

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The substantial Chateau du Haut-Koenigsbourg is one of the most visited and most substantial in Alsace, and has a fascinating history - and stunning views

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Colmar (Haut-Rhin)

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The medieval centre of Colmar, with brightly painted half-timbered houses along the canalside, is extremely attractive

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Ebersmunster (Bas-Rhin)

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The remarkable baroque style Abbey Church of Ebersmunster is the principal place of interest in this village

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Eguisheim (Haut-Rhin)

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Of the many beautiful traditional villages in Alsace, Eguisheim is one of our favourites

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Epfig (Bas-Rhin)

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After exploring Epfig village be sure to visit the 11th century chapel to see the frescoes and the vaulted ceiling

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Guebwiller (Haut-Rhin)

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In Guebwilller it is the part of the town along the canal and also the churches that are the highlight for visitors

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Hoffen (Bas-Rhin)

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In the heart of the Outre-Foret region, Hoffen is a small village but with very lovely white half-timbered houses

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Hunawihr (Haut-Rhin)

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In the heart of the Alsace wine region you should visit Hunawihr, now listed among the 'most beautiful villages in France'

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Hunspach (Bas-Rhin)

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The flowers, gardens and beautifully maintained old houses, all painted white, ensure that Hunspach is a highlight for visitors to Alsace

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Kaysersberg (Haut-Rhin)

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The historic centre of Kaysersberg is very attractive, and the half-timbered houses along the river make it unmissable!

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Kintzheim (Bas-Rhin)

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As well as the village itself there are several popular attractions close to Kintzheim including a castle, a stork park and a monkey sanctuary

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Le Struthof (Bas-Rhin)

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Le Struthof is the only Nazi Concentration camp to have been built in France during the Second World War

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Lembach (Bas-Rhin)

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The small town of Lembach is within the heart of the wooded valleys of the Vosges Regional Natural Park

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Marmoutier (Bas-Rhin)

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It is the abbey, and in particular its ornate facade, that is the highlight of your visit to Marmoutier

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Mittelbergheim (Bas-Rhin)

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Mittelbergheim is one of several Alsave villages classed among the most beautiful in France, and a local base for wine production and tasting

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Molsheim (Bas-Rhin)

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Although Molsheim is now quite a large town it is the small historic centre that will be of interest to visitors

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Mont-Sainte-Odile (Bas-Rhin)

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Mont-Saint-Odile is a very popular pilgrimage destination, and has been since the mircles of Odile in the 7th century

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Mulhouse (Haut-Rhin)

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Often ignored as an 'industrial town' Mulhouse actually has an attractive centre around the Place de la Reunion and several important museums

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Munster (Haut-Rhin)

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Munster was very badly damaged during the First World War but careful renovation means there is still quite a lot of interesting monuments to see

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Murbach (Haut-Rhin)

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The remains of the abbey at Murbach, the surrounding gardens and its position in a wooded valley make it a very attractive place to visit

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Neuf-Brisach (Haut-Rhin)

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Neuf-Brisach is unique in being a town that was entirely designed by Vauban, an important 18th century military engineer

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Neuwiller-les-Saverne (Bas-Rhin)

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As well as the pretty half-timbered houses, the centre of Neuwiller-les-Saverne is dominated by two imposing churches

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Obernai (Bas-Rhin)

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Obernai is perhaps the town in Alsace that has best preserved its original 15th century aspect

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Ottmarsheim (Haut-Rhin)

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The Abbey church of Ottmarsheim is said to be the oldest church in Alsace, and is very unusual in having an octagonal plan

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Ribeauville (Haut-Rhin)

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The traditional coloured houses and the castle poised high above the town make Ribeauvillé a pleasant place to explore

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Riquewihr (Haut-Rhin)

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Riquewihr is very lovely and has less to undermine its medieval charm than almost any of the Alsace villages

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Rosheim (Bas-Rhin)

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The roman style church is one highlight in Rosheim, and the oldest bakery in Alsace is another!

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Rouffach (Haut-Rhin)

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Perhaps less exceptional than some Alsace towns we still enjoyed exploring the centre of Rouffach

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Saverne (Bas-Rhin)

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The Chateau des Rohans dominates the medieval heart of Saverne, well placed for exploring the Vosges mountains

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Selestat (Bas-Rhin)

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One interesting feature of Selestat is the very wide range of architectural styles seen in the buildings and monuments

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Soultz-Haut-Rhin (Haut-Rhin)

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In Soultz-Haut-Rhin an unusual characteristic is that many of the old houses are in stone rather than half-timbered as is common in the region

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Strasbourg (Bas-Rhin)

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The city of Strasbourg is one of the most important in France, and also one of the most attractive. At least a day to explore is very recommended!

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Strasbourg cathedral (Bas-Rhin)

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Strasbourg cathedral is a gothic style construction with a remarkable facade and beautiful stained glass windows

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Turckheim (Haut-Rhin)

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There is lots of interest to see here in Turckheim, one of the prettiest of the Alsace towns

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Ungersheim (Haut-Rhin)

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The Ecomuseum at Ungershim is a fascinating reconstruction of an entire medieval Alsace village using buildings from across the region

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Wasselonne (Bas-Rhin)

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Although lacking major monuments Wasselonee is a pleasant town to explore when you are in the region

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Wissembourg (Bas-Rhin)

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Close to the French border with Germany, Wissembourg has many sights of interest and is also well placed to explore this area

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For more information see the Alsace guide


Tourist attractions to visit in Alsace

The following sites have received official "tourist classifications"...

UNESCO world heritage sites

Neuf-Brisach ville neuve (Vauban fortifications): Tourist guide

Strasbourg Grand Ile: Tourist guide

Villages classified as "most beautiful villages"

Eguisheim: Tourist guide

Hunawihr: Tourist guide

Hunspach: Tourist guide

Mittelbergheim: Tourist guide

Riquewihr: Tourist guide

Towns classified as Recommended Detours

Obernai: Tourist guide


Wissembourg: Tourist guide

Regional Natural Parcs


Secteur Sauvegardé (protected historical town centre)

Colmar: Tourist guide

Strasbourg: Tourist guide

Towns of Art and History

Guebwiller: Tourist guide

Mulhouse: Tourist guide

Strasbourg: Tourist guide

4* Towns in Bloom

Bergheim: Tourist guide


Colmar: Tourist guide



Eguisheim: Tourist guide

Guebwiller: Tourist guide






Ribeauville: Tourist guide



Zoo or wildlife park


Parc zoologique et botanique de Mulhouse