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Alsace Wine Route by car: wine tasting itinerary

The Alsace Wine Route is 170 km by car. It passes through a hundred villages and towns! You will discover stunning landscapes, abbeys from the Middle Ages, castles, and picturesque and flowery villages. There are many things to do on the Alsace Wine Route: hiking, wine tasting in vineyards, and visiting beautiful villages, landscapes, and castles! Let’s see how to prepare an itinerary on the Alsace Wine Route.

  • TOP places to visit: villages, castles, hikes, tasting 🤩
  • Travel itinerary in 8 stages 🚗
  • Accommodation on the Alsace Wine Route 🛌
  • Alsace Wine Route Map 🗺

1. TOP places to visit and things to do on the Alsace Wine Route by car

From Marlenheim to Thann, the Alsace Wine Route is 170 km long. Along the way, you will have hundreds of locations to choose from. Here are some ideas of places to visit and things to do on-site to build your weekend or road trip itinerary in Alsace.

1.1. Cities to visit

These are the cities you can visit during a weekend or a week-long road trip in Alsace on the Wine Route:

  • Strasbourg
  • Colmar
  • Obernai
  • Mulhouse

Strasbourg is the capital of the Alsace region. Even if the city is not precisely on the Alsace Wine Route, including it in your itinerary is interesting if you never visited it. Click here to read our tips for visiting Strasbourg.

Colmar is another well-known and appreciated city in the Alsace region. Much smaller than Strasbourg, it has a unique charm: Visit Colmar in one day.

Obernai is an even smaller town located 25km from Strasbourg. The patroness saint of the Alsace Region, Odile of Alsace, may be born here.

1.2. The most beautiful villages to visit

Among the most beautiful villages to visit by car on the Alsace Wine Route, there are:

  • Riquewihr
  • Ribeauville
  • Kayserberg
  • Eguisheim
  • Hunspach
  • Mittelbergheim
  • Hunawihr
  • Barr

These villages will have cobbled streets, winegrower shops, tasting rooms, and a unique atmosphere!

Each of these villages is interesting to discover in its way. For example, in the 16th century Maison de Vigneron in Riquewihr, you can see winemakers’ tools and a restored kitchen. Visiting an authentic Alsatian village in the middle of Alsace vineyards is unmissable!

Eguisheim on the Alsace Wine Route

1.3. Castles to visit by car

Here are our TOP 6 castles to visit in Alsace:

Alsatian castles are more easily accessible by car, so it’s perfect. Click here to see a comparison of Alsatian castles (Coming Soon).

1.4. Hiking trails on the Wine Route in Alsace

Near the villages and towns of the Wine Route, you will find many trails to do. Here are a few examples.

  • “Man, craftsman of his landscape” trail in Ribeauvillé (1h30)
  • “Walk between sandstone forest and limestone hillsides” trail in Riquewihr (2h)
  • Discovery tour of Bergheim (1h)
  • Grands Crus wine trail between Riquewihr and Ribeauvillé (half day)

2. 8 stages itinerary on the Alsace Wine Route by car

Here is an 8 stages itinerary to visit the Wine Route in Alsace. The places you can visit in order:

  1. Strasbourg
  2. Obernai
  3. Barr
  4. Haut-Koenigsbourg Castle
  5. Ribeauville
  6. Riquewhir
  7. Kayserberg
  8. Guebwiller
  9. Colmar
  10. Mulhouse

You can do this route in the direction that suits you the most. You can compare car rentals here.

3. Accommodation for a weekend on the Alsace Wine Route

As with the towns and villages to visit, you have a great choice of accommodation on the Alsace Wine Route. Here is our selection of the best hotels and lodges.

Hotel Le Mandelberg: in Mittelwihr, not far from Kaysersberg and Riquewhir, this 3-star hotel offers rooms with balconies and views of the vineyards.

Hotel Rohan: a pretty hotel in the historic center of Strasbourg, just 150 meters from Notre Dame Cathedral. Perfect for a romantic weekend! The rooms are spacious (22m2) and nicely decorated. Breakfast is included in the price of the room.

A 40m2 apartment in the heart of the Petite Venice district of Colmar with parking. It is a perfect place to stay in Colmar if you come by car, and if you are 2, 3 or a maximum of 4 people. Ideal to visit Colmar and fully immerse yourself in the city’s atmosphere.

4. Map of the Alsace Wine Route

Alsace vineyards map

Visiting the Alsace Wine Route by car is such a wonderful road trip in Alsace. The Alsace vineyards landscapes are magnificent; hiking trails have superb landscapes; wine tasting everywhere; and charming villages, stunning castles to discover.

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