France: Alsace

Around Strasbourg

The Alsace wines of the Bas-Rhin
By Sue Style

This Guide was last updated on 12 March 2011
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Main towns and villages


The city is famous for its dramatic, single-spired, Gothic cathedral, its traffic-free central kernel, its restaurants, winstubs (wine bar-bistros), shops and museums, the inspired architecture of the European Parliament (whose roof, to the consternation of all concerned, recently caved in), the two rivers (Ill and Rhine) and its unique position at the heart of Europe. A couple of new hotels have now remedied a dearth of interesting places to stay  so more than ever, it’s worth planning on at least one night in the city. The stunning old city centre is best explored on foot or by bike.


Ignore the industry on the outskirts (unless you’re into Bugatti, which has a factory here), push through the arch to the centre for cobbled streets, timbered houses and the Metzig, a Renaissance stepped-gabled building, formerly owned by the butchers’ corporation, now housing the Tourist Office and a Museum.


This small town is truly touristy but worth a visit (especially off-season) for its picture-perfect town centre - and the Bistro des Saveurs (see 'Places to Eat'). In November there's a lively foie gras market.


Thoroughly merits its moniker as ‘one of the most beautiful villages in France’, with some beautiful wine properties with intricate wrought-iron signs and a couple of good places to eat.

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