Alsace: why should you visit this amazing region?
If you are looking for a place to spend your vacation or free time, Alsace might be THE suitable destination for you. From its gastronomic treasure to the fairy architecture of its villages, Alsace is considered as the wonderland of France. There is so much to see and to do in that amazing region that you won't even have the time to go through it all. Here is a sneak peek into what awaits you over there.
Alsace famous Wine Route
If you ask a man, what is his favorite part about going to Alsace, his response might surely be wine, of course. Also known as La Route des Vins d'Alsace, Alsace Wine Route is a real breakthrough star. This path, which encompasses the Haut-Rhin and the Bas-Rhin regions, is not only a real buffet for those who enjoy wine, but it also represents a perfect landscape for nature lovers.
Visitors passing by can try Alsace's white wines which include pinot noir, pinot blanc, pinot gris, muscat, and the sparkling crémant d'Alsace. The latter is very similar to Champagne in taste. That said, you can expect to taste up to seven wines at once, at the cafés and bistros, where you can indeed have a break and taste delicious food along with wine-pairings.
Alsace amazing villages
If something beautiful can be found in France, chances are it will be the magnificent villages. The country has even been elevated to the "Plus Beaux Village" designation. This status is based on a set of 27 criteria from physical beauty to historical relevance and cultural spirit that determines which villages are the nicest in the country.
Luckily, Alsace is blessed with five. There are Mittelbergheim, Riquewihr, Hunawihr, Eguisheim, and Hunspach. Some of them are on the Wine Route, with Equisheim having a whole bunch of wineries. Plus, several wine festivals take place there, such as the Fête des Vignerons covered up with parades, music concerts, and folklore dancing.
Delightful culinary tradition
Apart from the well-known tartes, quiches, choucroute, crêpes, as well as gratins, Alsace also draws heavily on its German roots to provide an exquisite spin on conventional French culinary tradition. Looking for pork and sausage meals? Once there, you should definitely taste the cozy stews like potée alsacienne or the coq au vin.
As far as sweets are concerned, the selection is huge. Dampfnudel also known as beignets, wine cakes, tartes with local fruits such as Kirwekueche and tartes with creamy cheeses like Mascouche are a must-taste. There is also a variety of Christmas cookies you can have, if you are heading there for Christmas celebration.
Best cultural festivals of all time
If spring and summer are considered as the most beautiful seasons because there are flower festivals, wait until you see the winter months. Festivals take over the regions, and these aren't just main-street events. All Alsatian towns are converted into Christmas wonderlands, with homes and shops decorated from top to toe with all kinds of beautiful material.
Festive lights, handcrafted decorations, flavored honeys and teas, ceramic figures, etc… everything is set up to create the traditional French crèche. Popular towns to find even more exciting festivals are Eguisheim as we mentioned above Colmar, Kaysersberg, and of course Strasbourg.
To round up, there is no doubt that Alsace is full of life. Choosing to go there is now a no-brainer task for you!