The Route des Vins crosses the Voges Nature Park through more than 105 miles of vineyards, from Marlenheim (west of Strasbourg) to Thann (near Mulhouse). Take a break in the picturesque Alsatian villages, such as Riquewihr, where food and wine festivals take place each weekend throughout the summer and autumn. During these festivals you can enjoy traditional food and Alsatian wines.
The Route des Vins is first and foremost a way to discover Alsatian wine, and you can enjoy free tastings in the wine cellars of the villages. On this route there are more than 300 vineyards and 49 grands crus can be found such as the Pinot Noir and Crémant d’Alsace, a variety of sparkling wine.
Alsace-Lorraine has an important network of rivers (including the Meuse, the Moselle, the Ill and the Rhin), lakes including Lake Longemer or Lac Noir and river basins. All are great spots for fly fishing, the most popular way to fish in the region, especially on the Frecht river! If you’re a novice, why not take some lessons with seasoned fishermen, who can teach you how to catch carp, zander and pike?
Why not go hiking in the heart of the mountains in the Vosges Nature Park? This park, covering an area of 13,520 square miles, is one of biggest regional parks in France. Wander the mountains and hills, and discover the unique flora and fauna of the region whilst hiking in the middle of breath-taking and hilly landscapes. Follow the Route des Crêtes where you will find many species of protected nature, the authorities have successfully reintroduced the wolf, the lynx, and the emblem of Alsace, the stork.
After a long hike in the summer, or a long day skiing in the winter, take a break and treat yourself to a thermal bath. There are many different thermal baths throughout Alsace Lorraine - the most famous are Vittel, Contrexéville, and Bain-Les-Bains. The first two are located in famous cities producing well-known mineral water Vittel, and Contrex. The third was enjoyed by the Romans and the source is still used today!
Alsace-Lorraine is home to the famous Vosges Mountains. With a highest point of 1424m, the mountains are the perfect family ski resort. The majority of the skiing area is reserved for cross-country ski. Here you will find the Route des Crêtes hiking path during the summer, which becomes a cross-country piste of 9.3 miles in the winter.