Alsace[509 photos]

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Description

Colmar (077)
Colmar (077)

Alsace is the fifth-smallest of the 27 regions of France in land area (8,280 km²), and the smallest in metropolitan France. It is also the seventh-most densely populated region in France and third most densely populated region in metropolitan France, with ca. 220 inhabitants per km². Alsace is located on France’s eastern border and on the west bank of the upper Rhine adjacent to Germany and Switzerland.

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Historical decisions, wars, and strategic politics have resulted in Alsace being administered as a “region” within the Republic of France. The political, economic and cultural capital as well as largest city of Alsace is Strasbourg. Because that city is the seat of dozens of international organizations and bodies, Alsace is politically one of the most important regions in the European Union.

List of sights

Colmar

Colmar (1)
Colmar (1)
48° 4′ 36″ N, 7° 21′ 29″ E

Located in the heart of Alsace 60 km south of Strasbourg on the La Lauch River, Colmar is the capital of the Alsatian wines. With an average annual precipitation of 530 mm, it is one of the driest cities in France. The sculptor Frédéric-Auguste… [Read more]

Eguisheim

Eguisheim (1)
Eguisheim (1)
48° 2′ 34″ N, 7° 18′ 24″ E

The centre of the village of Eguisheim is very picturesque and receives many tourists, as the Alsace “Wine Route” passes the village. Eguisheim produces Alsace wine of high quality. The commune was the birthplace of Pope Leo IX on 21 June 1002. [Read more]

Kaysersberg

Kaysersberg (1)
Kaysersberg (1)
48° 8′ 18″ N, 7° 15′ 60″ E

Kaysersberg lays north-west of Colmar, on the eastern slopes of the Vosges Mountains. The name means Emperor’s Mountain. Kaysersberg is considered one of the most beautiful cities on the wine route. The high fortress that dominates the city serves… [Read more]