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Dave
Houston

Colmar, Strasbourg, Freiburg im Breisgau, Nancy, Verdun-sur-le-Doubs, Alsace

How to best budget our time in Alsace

We've booked a three week trip to eastern France in may. We're starting in Wingen-sur-Moder, France to see the Lalique Museum. We've booked an apartment in Colmar for eight days followed by two days in Nancy and two days near Verdun. Our interests include food, scenery, historic sites and museums, attractive villages, etc.

Questions that need answers include:
-> How much time to do Strasbourg?
-> So many cute little villages in that part of France. For instance, Kayserberg, Requewhir, Equisheim, etc. Are they all about the same? Which ones to put on our schedule?
-> Are Freiburg Germany and the Black Forest worth a scenic driving day trip? If so, what route to take?
-> Definitely plan to drive the Alsace Wine Route. Any other scenic drives? What about national parks?
-> Restaurant suggestions where you might find great food at reasonable prices and locals instead of finding yourself surrounded by other tourists?
-> Attractions that should not be missed and attractions that are over hyped and not worth bothering with.


1 Answer

answered first by
Martine from France
Hi Dave, first of all, welcome to Alsace! We live in a village called Scherwiller, and it is renowned for its Riesling wine. I'm french/american and we moved to Alsace 20 years ago, after living in Paris. That's just to say that we know this region and the black forest very well.
Some answers to your questions...
How much time to do Strasbourg?
Start by  looking at the website of tourism office Strasbourg
http://www.otstrasbourg.fr/en/
I would say one or 2 days are enough and when you're tired take a river cruise around the city.  Batorama, a boat trip provider will take you around the alsatian capital  for a 70 min tour.
Kayserberg, Riquewhir, Equisheim, etc. Are they all about the same? Which ones to put on our schedule?
Eguisheim is a must ! It’s a medieval village close to Colmar, whose narrow, concentric streets highlight the architectural merits of its half-timbered houses, This can be visited one morning or afternoon while staying in Colmar. Do visit Kayserberg. Riquewihr is lovely , also a medieval village, but it's a mainly  all on one main road.
Are Freiburg Germany and the Black Forest worth a scenic driving day trip? If so, what route to take?
From Colmar, take a day and drive toward Fribourg, and continue to Titisee. It's the highest lake in the Black Forest. The scenery is beautiful and is soooo different from american places! Then drive to Triberg, and see how coucou clocks are made.
https://cheeseweb.eu/2015/03/a-day-trip-to-triberg-in-germany-black-forest/
Definitely plan to drive the Alsace Wine Route. Any other scenic drives? What about national parks?
No National Parks, you're in Alsace! LOL  It's not big enough to hold a NP! And yes absolutely do the wine road.It's not difficult to find, there are 2 choices possible here, either take the highway which by the way is free or take "la route des vins".
Restaurant suggestions where you might find great food at reasonable prices and locals instead of finding yourself surrounded by other tourists?
We're foodies, love wine, and will travel out of our way for a good restaurant and especially Michelin starred ones.  I don't know if it's possible through Trippy, but it would be easier to get in touch by email.I can then give you a list of restaurants that we like.
Attractions that should not be missed and attractions that are over hyped and not worth bothering with.
Difficult to answer to this one, not really knowing whet you usually do on a trip. We don't have attraction parks, there is one (europaPark) in Germany.  If you enjoy flying, you could take a short scenic flight  over the castle  Haut Koenigsbourg (must visit!)  and surrounding area. This is close to Colmar.
http://www.alsafly.fr/
Visit the Haut-Koenigsbourg castle and close by there’s La Volerie des aigles
http://www.voleriedesaigles.com
if you're interested in history and WW2, I suggest visiting the only concentration camp in France,http://www.struthof.fr/en/home/
It is the site of the former Natzweiler-Struthof camp, a place of history and remembrance, is visited with respect for its victims.It takes two-and-a-half to three hours to see the entire site (European Centre of Deported Resistance Members, camp and museum). Plan on approximately one-and-a-half hours for the European Centre, 30 minutes for the KL-Natzweiler Museum and one hour for the historic site.
It will take you just over an hour's drive. 85km. from Colmar.
Hope this helps and please don't hesitate to get in touch if you need more help.
Kind regards
Martine
  answered byMartine 
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