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3 day Itinerary in Enchanting Alsace

Updated: Apr 1

About the Author: Stefanie Lambert - I have spent years traveling around Europe and now I want to share my first hand knowledge and expertise to help others fall in love with it as well.

Colmar, Alcase France

Nestled between the Vosges Mountains and the Rhine River, the Alsace region of France beckons travelers with its picturesque landscapes, rich history, and delectable cuisine. In just three days, you can embark on a memorable journey through charming villages, historic cities, and vineyard-covered hills. While the Alsace region is now part of France, it has spent large chunks of its history under German rule. Both influences can be seen. This back-and-forth gives it a look and feel that is uniquely “Alsace”. From the bustling streets of Strasbourg to the fairy-tale settings of Colmar, Kaysersberg, and Riquewihr, each day in Alsace unveils a new chapter of this region's captivating story. We absolutely love visiting this region because you feel as though you have stepped onto a movie set. I can't overstate how quaint this area is.

Alcase, France, Kayserburg

This 3 day itinerary will give you a good feel for the area and is really all you need to feel like you did the area justice. Of course, if you have more time and don't need big sites to keep you happy, linger for even longer.

There are many towns and villages in this area worth a stop. I included my favorites in this itinerary but there is definitely more to explore.

Word of advice: While this area is absolutely incredible and worthy of your time, the villages do start to blend together and look alike. Gauge your personality and type of travel when deciding how much time to spend might only need to see two of the villages or you might want to stay longer and see them all!

3 day itinerary

Strasbourg, France

Day 1: Strasbourg -

Begin your Alsace adventure in Strasbourg, the capital of the region and a city that seamlessly combines French and German influences. This is definitely a city that I could live in long term. With a population of just under 300,000, Strasbourg has impressive sites from not only French and German influences, but also many different time periods. Strasbourg's historic center, Grande Île, is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and its stunning architecture showcases a unique blend of Gothic, Renaissance, and Baroque styles. The Neustadt district, or German Imperial Quarter (1870 - 1918) boasts many beautiful buildings in an array of styles such as  Art Nouveau, Art Deco, Rococo, Neo-Gothic, Neo-Renaissance and more. Strasbourg also has a modern flair as well. It is the seat of the European Parliament which meets in an impressive glass building.  Everywhere you turn in Strasbourg, you will find an eye-catching site to admire. 

Strasbourg, Alsace, France

Start your day in the historic center. One of my favorite ways to get an overview of the old town is a boat tour on the River Ill. It offers a unique perspective of the landmarks and is a relaxing way to introduce yourself to the city.. After your boat ride, visit the Strasbourg Cathedral, a masterpiece of Gothic architecture that has dominated the skyline since the 15th century. Climb to the top for panoramic views of the city and the Black Forest in the distance. Make sure to leave time to wander through the charming alleys, taking in the half-timbered houses. Make your way to La Petite France, a picturesque district with canals, cobblestone streets, and charming cafes.

Strasbourg, Alsace, France

You could spend the whole day in the historic center of Strasbourg. It is an absolute joy to wander and explore. However, if you have time and energy, the Imperial quarter is also worth your time.  During the late 1870s businesses were desirous of efficient infrastructures (railway stations, ports, traffic, etc.) and political authorities wanted a capital for "Alsace-Lorraine Reichsland" that would be grandiose and be dedicated to the glory of the German Empire. Building of this area began in the 1880s and continued into the 1920s. It is composed of large, open squares and broad tree lined avenues. Visit the circular Place de la Republique Square with the domed roof of the Palais du Rhin. Admire the National and University library with its over 3 million documents as well as the National Theater of Strasbourg. Stroll along the Avenue de la Liberte. This wide, tree lined avenue has townhouses with charming front gardens as well as the monumental Hotel de Postes. The Egyptian house, Villa Brion, and the Palais Universitaire are among some of the other notable buildings in this area. 

Day 2: Colmar and Kaysersberg - Storybook Villages

Colmar, Alsace, France

On day two, head to Colmar, often referred to as the "Little Venice" of Alsace. This charming town is a wonder of preserved medieval and early Renaissance architecture.

Begin your exploration at the Unterlinden Museum, home to the Isenheim Altarpiece, a masterpiece of German Renaissance art. Stroll through the cobblestone streets of the Old Town, admiring colorful half-timbered houses, flower-decked canals, and welcoming squares. Consider taking a bike or segway tour and then just enjoy exploring. We loved our Segway tour because it is such a fun way to explore a new area and learn some interesting facts. You will not stop taking pictures of this amazing town.

Afternoon: Kaysersburg -  Charming beauty

Kayserburg, Alcase france

In the afternoon, drive to Kaysersburg, a postcard-perfect village perched among vineyards. The quaint streets, lined with flower-filled balconies and charming shops, make it a delightful destination. Hike up to the Château de Kaysersberg, a medieval castle with panoramic views of the surrounding vineyards and the Vosges Mountains.

Kayserberg, Alsace, France

Day 3: Riquewihr -  Living a fairytale

Alsace, France

On your final day, explore Riquewihr, often considered the jewel of Alsace. This well-preserved medieval village is surrounded by vineyards and is renowned for its charming streets and colorful houses.

Stroll through the Dolder, the central square, and visit the Musée du Dolder to delve into the village's history. Admire the impressive fortifications and towers, such as the Thieves' Tower and the Witch Tower.

Eguisheim - A Romantic Dream

Eguisheim, Alsace, France

Enjoy wandering this extremely picturesque village.  Eguisheim is full of colorful houses and cobbled lanes. If you are visiting during warmer months it will be bursting with flowers from every window. While you probably only need an hour or two to see the whole town, linger at a cafe or enjoy an ice cream in the square savoring the unforgettable atmosphere. 

I really can’t overstate the charm of these towns. It will be hard for you to believe they are real and not a movie set or theme park. While there are no big sites to see, you will enjoy every moment you spend exploring and soaking up your surroundings. 

Foods to try -

alsace food, france

Alsace has some amazing traditional dishes worth a try.  Choucroute garnie (sauerkraut with sausages and meats) and flammekueche (a thin-crust pizza topped with cream, onions, and lardons) are some popular ones. Others include baeckeoffe (a slow-cooked casserole of meat and vegetables) and tarte flambée. Coconut macaroons are also delicious. We buy them by them by the bag fulls. There are many different flavors, all worth a try.

Fun fact -

Stork nest, alsace, France

You will find everything that has to do with storks in Alsace. There will be stork stuffed animals, stork statues, and storks on t-shirts. There will also be stork nests on roadside poles, rooftops and church towers where you  may catch a glimpse of a stork. Each year  these majestic birds migrate from Africa returning to the same nest and mate. They seem to particularly like the Alsace region, therefore becoming a symbol for the area. It is considered good fortune for the inhabitants of the house if a stork makes its nest on your roof. 

Alsace, France

A trip to the Alsace region of France is an absolute must on your European adventure and this 3 day itinerary is a great start. The charm, beauty, history and character ooze from this region of France.  You will never forget or regret the time you spend in this gorgeous area.

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Gorgeous. Seeing your photos makes me think animations (both Disney and Studio Ghibli) seem to use the picture perfect villages and towns of the Alsace region of to model their fairy tales. It's so colourful and pretty.

I especially love that the storks make their nests on top of roofs like that!

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