Town of Colmar
Musée d'Unterlinden, le cloître.
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Petite France District in France
View of Strasbourg
Panoramic bird fly view to Alsace
The Château du Haut-Kœnigsbourg
Between the Route des Vins and the Middle Vosges
Spend your first morning in Colmar. In the afternoon, you will cycle to Guebwiller with its charming landscape and villages. The second stage begins with a section of the route beaneath the Vosges and follows the Route des Vins: the villages (Kaysersberg, Riquewihr…) are just extraordinary. For both cyclists and tourits, the high point of the third stage is the Haut-Kœnigsbourg Chateau which leads you to Hohwald. On the last day of cycling, take a break at Mont Ste-Odile to admire splendid views of the Rhine Plain, before heading down to Obernai, which encapsulates the beauty of Alsace. You will reach Strasbourg, via a 20km cycle path, where you can explore its treasures the following day.
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Explore the old town and Little Venice in Colmar: its flowery canals and timber framed houses are unforgettable. The next morning, the essence of Alsace awaits at the Unterlinden Museum, with its remarkable cloister, its treasures and the Isenheim altarpiece. Next, jump back on your bike to get among the vineyards, or to experience the Renaissance in the ancient lanes of Eguisheim, Rouffach or Guebwiller.
MyTripTailor Tip: Arrive the day before in Colmar and allow time for an evening stroll in its old town.
The Romanesque porch of the church in Lautenbach is one of the most beautiful in Alsace. Allow time to admire it before jumping back in the saddle and pressing hard on the pedals: After climbing up to Col de Bannstein (482m), you head down to Soultzmatt (272m) and then up to the Col de Firstplan (720m). Phew, the hard part is over! In Soultzbach, three richly gilded church altars are a must-see. As is almost every village on your itinerary to Ribeauvillé: Turckheim, Ammerschwihr, Kaysersberg, Mittelwihr, Riquewihr.
From the ancient fortified village of Bergheim, you leave the Route des Vins to head along the enclosed valley of Bergenbach. Thannenkirch, a charming little village, is nice stop off as you head towards Haut-Kœnigsbourg Chateau: a worthwhile visit for its fairytale silhouette and exceptional 360 ° view. Descend to Liepvre, head up to Col de Fouchy (608 m), descend to Villé and head up to Col du Kreuzweg (768 m) on roads alternating between beautiful forests and pretty views as your cycle leads you to your next destination, Hohwald.
The patron saint of Alsace gave her name to Mont Sainte-Odile, and the panoramic views from the terrace of the convent stretching from the plain of Alsace to the Black Forest, are magnificent. Obernai, just below, is the essence of the Alsace’s splendour! Typically beautiful buildings adorn your route, such as the 12th century Romanesque church in Rosheim, the Renaissance Metzig and 17th century “faux” gothic Eglise des Jésuites in Molsheim, before you reach Strasbourg along the Bruche on the perfectly marked Eurovélo 5.
Your starting point is Cathédrale Notre-Dame, a masterpiece of light, built in the pink sandstone of the Vosges on an island on the Ill. The Maison Kammerzelle, the former Pharmacie du Cerf and the Palais Rohan are key stages of a splendid walk to the Ponts Couverts, crossing the medieval district of Petite France along cobbled streets and beautifully flowered timber-framed houses. Rue du Bain-aux-Plantes and Cour du Corbeau have beautiful examples of timber-framed architecture and brings your stay in Alsace to a close.
MytripTailor Tip: Climb to the platform above the cathedral facade; which rises to a height of 66m (the spire is 142m!), and offers spectacular views of Strasbourg, the old town, its skylights, Petite-France, the Black Forest and the Vosges.
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