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Alsace

Explore Alsace

Alsace is a region in the east of France with an extension of 190 kilometers from north to south and 1.8 million habitants. The name Alsace first occurred in the 5th century, when the Rhine bank on the left side came into Franconian possession. Very important sources of income in Alsace are wine growing and tourism, the latter is mainly taking place in Strasbourg, the biggest town in the region. Strasbourg is rich of history and home of numerous European institutions. In the old town, the impressing cathedral upraises in front of the visitors’ eyes. Other worth seeing places are the Palais Rohan, the former residence of the bishops, and the tanners’ quarter where you can have a romantic walk between canals and half-timbered houses.

Mulhouse in Alsace attracts numerous tourists every year. The town has been mentioned for the first time in the year 803 and got its name from a local mill. Mulhouse is separated in Upper Town and Lower Town. Visible already from a wide distance is the 97-meter-high tower of the Stephan’s Church. The Rebberg quarter is famous for its pretty mansions and English-style town houses. Another important town is Colmar, well-known for its wine and museums. In the Unterlinden-museum you find the biggest art-historically sight in Alsace, the Isenheimer Altar. The toy museum and the museum of natural history and ethnology are also worth a visit.

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Places of interest in Alsace

Strasbourg Cathedral
The so-called „Liebfrauenmünster“ in Strasbourg is one of the biggest cathedrals in Europe. The construction work has lasted from 1176 until 1439, so that you can clearly recognize different style eras. From the 142-meter-high North Tower, visible already from a wide distance, you have a stunning view. The inner part of the cathedral houses an astronomic clock. It is the only one in the world that strikes one o’ clock in the afternoon. Beside the watch you can find the famous angel-balk from the 13th century. Other beautiful facilities are the three organs and the beautiful windows made of lead glass.

Automobile Museum Mulhouse
More than 400 vehicle models can be discovered in the biggest automobile museum in the world. On 25,000 square meters lovers of vintage cars will feel like in heaven. The exhibition is located at the former wool-spinning manufactory of the Schlumpf brothers who handed their impressive collection to the museum. Due to that reason the exhibition is also called “Schlumpf collection”. Small and big visitors can try the numerous animations in the museum. Have a ride in the sudorific driving simulator, try to start a vehicle with a crank or change a wheel of a Formula 1 car.

Fleckenstein Castle
The Fleckenstein castle, located in the northern part of the Vosges, is one of the most popular castles in Alsace. Since 1129 is has been the residence of the noble family Fleckenstein. After their habitation in the end of the 18th century, the castle became a ruin. Extensive renovation works were carried out in 1990, so that the castle is now an attractive tourist attraction for the whole family. During a guided tour of the area, the returned knight Willy will tell the children spooky stories about the castle and set exciting tasks. Inside of the castle walls you can visit the museum with many historic finds.

European Parliament in Strasbourg
The European Parliament is located in the town of Strasbourg, directly on the shore of the river Ill. The impressive futuristic building, created by a group of architects from Paris, houses more than 1000 offices. Everyone interested in history and politics should join a guided tour of the plenary chamber where 750 parliamentarians have their seats. In the visitor center a multimedia exhibition gives you an understanding of European integration. With an advance announcement you even get the change to visit a plenary session free of charge and talk to one of the parliamentarians.

Hohkönigsburg Castle
Built in the 12th century the castle Hohkönigsburg can look back at an eventful history. Due to the location on an 800-meter-high hill, you can enjoy a stunning view of the Rhine valley, the Black Forest and the Vosges. The moment you pass the impressing drawbridge, you will feel like being back in another time. In the inner part of the castle you can see the private chambers of the former habitant Tiernstein as well as the living rooms of the German Emperor Wilhelm II, who gained the castle in 1899 from the town Sélestat.

Railway Museum Mulhouse
Rail nostalgics should not miss to visit the Cité du train in Mulhouse, opened in 1971. Every year, approximately 200,000 people are visiting the exhibition on the former engine shed area. The stunning collection has been extended on 100 exhibits after reconstructing the museum. Experience the different ways of travelling by rail in earlier times. How spartan was the interior in third-class trains and how pompous were the trains only statesmen were allowed to travel with? Strolling through the exhibition is fun for the whole family and inspires you to plan your next train journey.

Unterlinden-Museum
In the Alsatian town of Colmar you find the Unterlinden-Museum with an impressing art collection. In 1853 the museum opened its doors to the public and is still located in the former Dominican monastery from the 13th century. The most important exhibit is the famous Isenheimer Altar created by Matthias Grünewald who helped the museum to succeed internationally. The extensive collection of paintings and sculptures from late medieval times is complemented by contemporary works from Picasso or Monet.