Alsace Top Region to Visit According to Lonely Planet Guide

NewswireToday - /newswire/ - London, United Kingdom, 02/12/2010 - The Lonely Planet’s Best in Travel 2010 has picked Alsace in France as one of the hot regions in the world to visit. Alsace is one of the most beautiful and distinctive regions of France and is famous for its wine, gastronomy and wine tourism facilities.

Riquewihr in Alsace, a romantic medieval city between mountain and vineyards

Alsace is in eastern France on the Rhine River border with Germany. It is unquestionably spectacularly beautiful. A very special combination of history, culture, scenery, and especially food and wine makes it one of the most delightful places to visit in all of Europe. - John Egan
Riquewihr is the jewel in the crown - famous for the Riesling and other great Alsace wines produced here - and looks today exactly as it did in the 16th Century. Riquewihr is a wonderful and romantic little medieval city hidden between the Vosges mountains and some of the most famous vineyards in Alsace. Although in a very preserved area, Riquewihr is only 7 miles from Colmar and minutes from other famous alsatian villages like Ribeauvillé, Hunawihr, Eguisheim or Kaysersberg.
Simply walk out of your holiday apartment and go for beautiful walks in the forest and mountain or through some of the most famous vineyards in Alsace, the choice is yours!

Riquewihr (France), maybe the most romantic medieval city in Alsace, is hidden among vineyards and Vosges mountains
Riquewihr (France), maybe the most romantic medieval city in Alsace, is hidden among vineyards and Vosges mountains
Arriving by the Alsace wine route. The first glimpse you get is Riquewihr nested in a small valley at the foot of the Vosges mountains

Arriving by the Alsace wine route. The first glimpse you get is Riquewihr nested in a small valley at the foot of the Vosges mountains

At the highest point of the village the old medieval Dolder tower protects the village of Riquewihr for more than 7 centuries...

At the highest point of the village the old medieval Dolder tower protects the village of Riquewihr for more than 7 centuries...

Riquewihr in France, a romantic medieval city on the Alsace wine route, still protected by its impressive city walls.

"If there’s a more delightful prospect anywhere in Europe than the Alsace wine route, I’d like to hear about it. I mean, consider: we have, first, the Vosges mountains — rounded, forested and with just enough drama to give matters an edge. Up top, castles look out from craggy summits, their sting now drawn. Down below, vineyards unfurl right to the gates of villages whose half-timbered streets tell tales stretching back to the middle ages. " - 
James Preston, Sunday Times, JAN 7, 2007.

Three of our romantic vacation rental apartments are in the most picturesque part of the external city wall built in the year 1500. On the picture (below on the right), the Dove's Nest**** house is the large part behind the trees, on the left side of the just married couple. More left, before the bushes, the Sentinel**** apartment is on the first floor and the attic.  Part of the studio The Refuge of the Imp*** can be seen, embedded in the city wall below the Sentinel apartment. Access to these vacation rentals are on the other side of the ramparts, in the picturesque Rue des Remparts. The door at the bottom of the wall is in fact hiding the external part of our airconditioning system. Since the city wall is a national heritage listed building, it was necessary to prove some imagination to hide the ugly (but useful) modern appliances!  

Western side of the ramparts of Riquewihr, France. On the left the gate is still as it was 5 centuries ago. Some of our vacation apartments are right in the middle of the picture, inside the old city wall!

Western side of the ramparts of Riquewihr, France. On the left the gate is still as it was 5 centuries ago. Some of our vacation apartments are right in the middle of the picture, inside the old city wall!

Some of our vacation rental apartments are in the most picturesque part of the ramparts of Riquewihr. Here a photographer is shooting the official wedding photos for a local young couple just married.

Some of our vacation rental apartments are in the most picturesque part of the ramparts of Riquewihr. Here a photographer is shooting the official wedding photos for a local young couple just married.

And 6 more luxury gites were added in 2012!
New luxury holiday gites in the medieval rampart facing the vineyards in Riquewihr, Alsace France
Our new property with 6 luxury gites is facing a famous vineyard in Riquewihr
New luxury holiday gites with a historical touch and modern comfort in Riquewihr, Alsace France
6 luxury holiday homes in a beautifully renovated medieval winery
New luxury holiday gites with balcony or terrace in Riquewihr, Alsace France
Winter garden and balconies with spectacular timber
Each guest get a warm personal welcome and presentation of the holiday gite apartment he rented.
Our welcome lounge is located in the old winery, beside the big wooden wine press

We are proud to present our collection of new outstanding luxury holiday homes in Riquewihr, Alsace: 4 holiday apartments are located in a big Renaissance house which was a former winery built in 1580 on the first belt of the ramparts (built 3 centuries earlier in the year 1291). The property is facing the famous Schoenenbourg Grand Cru vineyard producing some of the best wines in Alsace; 2 other holiday apartments are located in a 17th Century nearby house. The houses are surrounding a small garden. The whole renovation project took almost 4 years of hard work. The result is a gem!
Click here to discover our latest holiday gites in the old defense wall of 1291 facing the Schoenenbourg vineyard.
Stay in one of our beautiful vacation apartments in Riquewihr, Alsace
From the studio to the large luxury apartment:
our 12 romantic gites in Riquewihr provide some of the best self catering accommodation in Alsace. Select yours!
2 studios + 1 duplex apartment in the heart of Riquewihr: low rates, maxi charm
4 luxury gites for 2 people
4 larger apartments for 4 people + 1 apartment for up to 8 people
Charm and comfort at budget rates!
 
For 2 people
 
Romantic Studio, In the ramparts: our smallest place but quite comfortable. For 2 persons.
Sylvaner Studio, Larger Studio in the heart of Riquewihr. For 2 persons.
 
3 up to 5 people
 
Klevner Duplex, Charming duplex apartment in the heart of Riquewihr. For 2 + 1 persons.
Muscat family apartment, Ideal for 2 adults + up to 3 children.
Certainly among the finest gites in Alsace!
 
Luxury for 2 people.

The Sentinel, Absolutely romantic. Airconditioned. For 2 persons.
The Little Wolf, With a small balcony. Airconditioned. For 2 persons.
The Fox and the Grapes, Stunning views on the famous Schoenenbourg vineyard. Aircon not necessary. For 2 persons.
The White Stork, Stunning views + sunny terrace. Airconditioned. The top for 2 persons.

Need space?
 
Comfort for 4 people

Riesling apartment, 2 beautiful bedrooms, 1 bathroom.
Gewurztraminer apartment, our largest place. 3 bedrooms, 2,5 bathrooms. Sleeps up to 6 adults + 2 children.

Luxury for 4 people

Dove's Nest house, Absolutely romantic. 2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms. Airconditioned. For 4 people.
Alsatian Hart apartment, Stunning views, balcony. 2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms (one with walk in shower, the other with jacuzzi). Airconditioned. For 4 people.

Typical Alsace: the colourful main street of Riquewihr

Riquewihr is certainly the object of an enchantment which lasts for centuries. Its layout and structure have not changed since the Middle Ages, and every piece of architecture is miraculously preserved. If today’s Riquewihr resembles the Middle Age town so much it is because people have not changed much either, for they have the same lifestyle and their existence revolves around the industry of winemaking. It is the aroma of this particular wine that you smell in every ‘Winstub” of the main street. Wine is everywhere and everything in Riquewihr and may be the cause of the enchantment. George Kassianos, wine expert Cyprus.

As you may imagine, Riquewihr is a successful tourist destination in Alsace, France. But most of the tourists are only coming to Riquewihr for the day. At 6 o'clock in the evening, most of the visitors are gone and this beautiful village will be yours until late in the morning of the next day. The next pictures below are taken at approx 9:30 am... And finally, there is hardly any car traffic allowed in the narrow and picturesque streets of the historical village of Riquewihr. This means that your vacation rental apartment is in a priviledged place.

Colorful alsatian medieval houses in the main street of Riquewihr, France. The three persons standing on the right side are in front of the famous Hugel winemaker's house.

Colorful alsatian medieval houses in the main street of Riquewihr, France. The three persons standing on the right side are in front of the famous Hugel winemaker's house.

Plenty of romantic discoveries to make within walking distance of your vacation rental. This is the part of the street in front of the Winemaker's property (Sylvaner, Klevner, Muscat, Riesling and Gewurztraminer holiday homes)

Plenty of romantic discoveries to make within walking distance of your vacation rental. This is the part of the street in front of the Winemaker's property (Sylvaner, Klevner, Muscat, Riesling and Gewurztraminer holiday homes)

National Heritage and jewels of the Middle Age and Renaissance periods in Riquewihr

Riquewihr, although being only a village of 1300 inhabitants, is the third city in Alsace, after the much larger towns of Strasbourg and Colmar, for the number of National Heritage houses! The splendor of Riquewihr finds its roots in the Renaissance period (16th and 17th Centuries) and is mainly due to the revenue generated by the excellent wines produced in the village.

Within the town’s well-preserved walls, are tight alleys and uneven streets void of cars, with the exception of the few natives’ vehicles, town’s people who live in charming half-timbered homes, each one a different hue of the rainbow.  Yes colorful dwellings not just the typical off white plaster straw and dark beamed homes of European medieval villages one sees on TV.  Riquewihr‘s homes and stores range in light shades of baby blue, pale yellow, mauve, faded turquoise and light green. Michael J. Meese

On the upper part of the main street, the famous Dolder medieval tower (local history museum and beautiful panorama).

On the upper part of the main street, the famous Dolder medieval tower (local history museum and beautiful panorama).

One of the many old fountains in Riquewihr

One of the many old fountains in Riquewihr

Walks through the little streets of Riquewihr

On each side of the main street of Riquewihr, there are many beautiful hidden little streets. The "day trippers" who are in a hurry hardly explore this part of the village. But if you are an adept of Slow Travel in Alsace and while staying in one of our holiday homes in Riquewihr, this part of the village will offer you a lot of interesting discoveries.

Only a few yards away from the main street is one of the two churches of Riquewihr

Only a few yards away from the main street is one of the two churches of Riquewihr

From Spring to late in the Fall, weather permitting, many pleasant terraces appear in the streets of Riquewihr. Nice places to sit and sip local wine or beer!

From Spring to late in the Fall, weather permitting, many pleasant terraces appear in the streets of Riquewihr. Nice places to sit and sip local wine or beer!

Explore Riquewihr off the beaten track...

Take some time to leave the main street beaten track and discover the hidden and secluded streets of Riquewihr. Lift your eyes and you will see so many wonderful architectural details...

Not sure these little streets are even 100 meters from the main street of Riquewihr...

Not sure these little streets are even 100 meters from the main street of Riquewihr...

Where are the tourists?

Where are the tourists?

Many beautiful architectural details are awaiting the visitor who takes some time to observe...

Many beautiful architectural details are awaiting the visitor who takes some time to observe...

Another picturesque little street.

Another picturesque little street.

The pittoresque St Nicholas street near our vacation rentals

The pittoresque St Nicholas street near our vacation rentals

The 'Rue des Remparts' leading to our vacation rentals. Riquewihr is a picture perfect jewel in the heart of Alsace, with its multi-colored flowers and cobblestone streets.

The 'Rue des Remparts' leading to our vacation rentals. Riquewihr is a picture perfect jewel in the heart of Alsace, with its multi-colored flowers and cobblestone streets.

Stay in our charming vacation rental apartments in Riquewihr, Alsace
New luxury holiday gites in the medieval rampart facing the vineyards in Riquewihr, Alsace France
Our new property with 6 luxury gites is facing a famous vineyard in Riquewihr
New luxury holiday gites with a historical touch and modern comfort in Riquewihr, Alsace France
6 luxury holiday homes in a beautifully renovated medieval winery
New luxury holiday gites with balcony or terrace in Riquewihr, Alsace France
Winter garden and balconies with spectacular timber
Each guest get a warm personal welcome and presentation of the holiday gite apartment he rented.
Our welcome lounge is located in the old winery, beside the big wooden wine press

We are proud to present our collection of new outstanding luxury holiday homes in Riquewihr, Alsace: 4 holiday apartments are located in a big Renaissance house which was a former winery built in 1580 on the first belt of the ramparts (built 3 centuries earlier in the year 1291). The property is facing the famous Schoenenbourg Grand Cru vineyard producing some of the best wines in Alsace; 2 other holiday apartments are located in a 17th Century nearby house. The houses are surrounding a small garden. The whole renovation project took almost 4 years of hard work. The result is a gem!
Click here to discover our latest holiday gites in the old defense wall of 1291 facing the Schoenenbourg vineyard.
For more places to visit in Alsace, nearby Germany and Switzerland while you are staying in one of our holiday apartments in Riquewihr, read and follow our blog.