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Introduction

Strasbourg

Strasbourg

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In the northeast of France lies the region of Alsace. It has two departments: Haut-Rhin and Bas-Rhin. The capital of the region is Strasbourg. During the centuries it has been a disputed area between Germany and France, and many fights have been fought here. For tourists the area is famous for its wines, and the typical old towns like Riquewihr.

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Geography

The region is located in the northeast of France, bordering in the east to Germany, and in the south to Switzerland. The border with Germany is the Rhine river, that flows through a huge valley in this area. This valley makes up the most eastern part of the region, while in the western part, you will find the mountains of the Vosges, peaking at 1,426 metres at its highest point (Le Grand Ballon).

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Departments

  • Haut-Rhin, translated to English: High Rhine, the southern part of the region,
  • Bas-Rhin, translated to English: Low Rhine, the northern part of the region.

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Sights and Activities

Riquewihr

Riquewihr is a small place, which is known for its historical architecture. The place more or less still looks like it did 400 years ago.

Castle Haut Koenigsburg

Castle Haut-Koenigsburg

Castle Haut-Koenigsburg

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Dating back to the 12th century the Castle Haut Königsburg has been destroyed twice before being rebuilt by the emperor Wilhelm II between 1900 and 1908. Wilhelm II´s goal was to create a castle that would laud the qualities of the medieval period in Alsace and more generally the qualities of German civilization. He hoped it would reinforce the bonds between Germans and Alsatians who had been only recently incorporated into the German Reich. The medieval expert Bodo Ebhardt was in charge of the restauration work.

Castle Haut Königsburg is one of the most visited attraction in the region of Alsace. It is located 26 kilomtres north of Colmar, 55 kilometres south of Strasbourg and 12 kilometres west of Sélestat at about 700 metres altitude.

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Getting There

By Plane

1. EuroAirport Basel-Mulhouse-Freiburg (IATA: BSL) is the only airport in Europe that is jointly operated by three countries. It is located entirely on French soil, but has excellent connections to Basel (in fact, much better than to farther-away Mulhouse and Freiburg).
Although the airport is on French soil, there is a special Swiss customs area connected to Basel by a border road. The airport receives flights from all major European airports, a few intercontinental flights and numerous smaller cities in Europe. Easyjet flies to/from Berlin, London, Porto, Alicante, Amsterdam, Barcelona, Bordeaux, Cagliari, Düsseldorf, Hamburg, Istanbul, Lisbon, Madrid, Málaga, Marrakech, Naples, Nice, Olbia, Palma de Mallorca and Rome. Places served further away include Algiers, Montreal, Istanbul and Reykjavik, though most cities are located in central, western and southern Europe. The airports connects to the A3 Motorway. Basel's BVB bus No. 50 connects the Swiss sector of the airport to the Bahnhof SBB, which is the main Swiss and French railway station in Basel. French Distribus bus No. 11 connects the French sector of the airport to the Saint-Louis railway station.
2. Strasbourg Airport (SXB) offers flights with Air France and a number of other airlines operating flights throughout west and south Europe, as well as Tunis, Casablanca and Algiers.

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Alsace Travel Helpers

  • Rhmyers

    I have been here three times and have relative there:

    o On the Rue di Vin ( Wine Road) 70 miles of fortified villages 5 miles apart with each having over 5 "Caves" tasting rooms.)

    o Many Casells medeval
    o 1 1/2 hours form Black Forest Germany
    o 1 1/2 hours to Roman Baths of Baden Baden
    o 2 hours to Bazel Switzerland

    Best combination of German and French Wine and Cusine... anywhere !!
    Understanding the French people mmost important.

    Ask Rhmyers a question about Alsace

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