The region of Alsace in eastern France is a favorite for culture explorers, wine lovers, and especially holiday season travelers. While well-known destinations in France like Paris and the Côte d’Azur are always spectacular, Alsace is a place not to overlook when planning your trip to France.
Alsace is very large, however, and there are plenty of towns and areas to choose from.
The main hub of the region is the city of Strasbourg, which is the best place for travelers who want to be centrally located and experience the history and culture of the Grand East. But there are countless other fun areas to stay in Alsace such as Colmar, Mulhouse, and more.
Here, we’ll discuss where to stay in Alsace and the best towns and areas to visit on your trip. There really is something for everyone here, so read on to find out which parts are for you.
Table of Contents
- TLDR; Our Favorite Accommodation in Alsace, France
- TLDR; Areas To Choose Within Alsace, France
- Strasbourg: Best Area for First-Timers/Tourists & Best All-Around Area
- Budget Hotels in Strasbourg
- Mid-Range Hotels in Strasbourg
- Luxury Hotels in Strasbourg
- Rentals in Strasbourg
- Near Place des Halles Shopping Center
- Sélestat: Best Area for Budget Travelers
- Budget Hotels in Sélestat
- Mid-Range Hotels in Sélestat
- Rentals in Sélestat
- Colmar: Best Area for Luxury Travelers
- Budget Hotels in Colmar
- Mid-Range Hotels in Colmar
- Luxury Hotels in Colmar
- Rentals in Colmar
- Ribeauvillé: Best Area for Safety
- Budget Hotels in Ribeauvillé
- Mid-Range Hotels in Ribeauvillé
- Luxury Hotels in Ribeauvillé
- Mulhouse: Best Area for Families
- Budget Hotels in Mulhouse
- Mid-Range Hotels in Mulhouse
- Rentals in Mulhouse
- Molsheim: Best Area for Culture/History
- Budget Hotels in Molsheim
- Mid-Range Hotels in Molsheim
- Luxury Hotels in Molsheim
- Rentals in Molsheim
- Thann: Best Area for Adventures
- Budget Hotels in Thann
- Mid-Range Hotels in Thann
- Luxury Hotels in Thann
- Rentals in Thann
- Getting Around Alsace, France
- Arriving from Elsewhere
- Getting Around by Train
- Getting Around on the Roads
- Where is a good place to stay in Alsace near the Wine Route?
- What is the best area to stay in Strasbourg?
- What are the best neighborhoods to stay in Colmar?
TLDR; Our Favorite Accommodation in Alsace, France
Looking for the best places to stay in Alsace based on your travel needs? Here’s what you need to know.
- Best Luxury Hotel in Alsace: Maison Rouge Strasbourg Hotel & Spa, Autograph Collection
- Best Mid-Range Hotel in Alsace: voco Strasbourg Centre – The Garden, an IHG Hotel
- Best Budget Hotel in Alsace: Ibis Styles Colmar Centre
- Best Vacation Rental in Alsace: Fly Me To The Moon Romantic Apartment in Colmar
- Best Family-Friendly Hotel in Alsace: Appart’City Hotel Mulhouse
- Best Pet-Friendly Hotel in Alsace: Mercure Colmar Centre Unterlinden
TLDR; Areas To Choose Within Alsace, France
Alsace is a large region in the easternmost part of France bordering a long stretch of Germany as well as a bit of Switzerland. You’ll notice that the names of places in this region are very German-sounding, and the architecture and cuisine reflect that cultural closeness as well.
Strasbourg is a good all-around area to find the best accommodation in Alsace if you aren’t sure where to stay, but the fun goes way beyond the Grand-Île there. We’ve put together some suggestions for different types of travelers who find their way to Alsace.
- Best area for first-timers/tourists: Strasbourg
- Best area for budget travelers: Sélestat
- Best area for luxury travelers: Colmar
- Best area for safety: Ribeauvillé
- Best area for families: Mulhouse
- Best area for culture/history: Molsheim
- Best area for adventures: Thann
Strasbourg: Best Area for First-Timers/Tourists & Best All-Around Area
Strasbourg is the region’s capital and its largest city, but don’t worry – it is not a concrete jungle like Paris or Marseille. It is a beautiful city centered around the Grand-Île of Strasbourg (the Grand Island) which sits on small tributaries of the Rhine, with Germany just on the other side.
The canals throughout and the half-timbered houses that rise above them make for exceptional photographs and views to admire.
The Strasbourg city center is home to the world-famous Strasbourg Christmas Market for those who wish to visit in December. But you can enjoy the city year-round thanks to numerous sights to see, such as the picturesque neighborhood of La Petite France (little France) or the incredible Strasbourg Cathedral, among many others.
Thanks to its wide range of accommodation options and proximity to the Strasbourg International Airport, this is a great location to stay in Alsace if you are looking for plenty to do plus easy access to transport to the surrounding countryside and beyond.
In fact, Strasbourg could be named as the best place to stay for many types of travelers: adventure-seekers, food-lovers, luxury vacationers…and that’s why we’d consider it the best all-around place to stay in the Alsace region. Here are just a few of the things to do around town:
- Stroll along the streets and canals of La Petite France
- Take a tour of the European Parliament, the official institution of the European Union
- Taste local flavors at Au Pont Saint-Martin with beautiful views of the river and city
- Take a break in the Parc de l’Orangerie among the flowers and lake
- Take in the history of the region at the Historical Museum of the City of Strasbourg
- In December, drink hot wine and hot chocolate at the Christmas market
See Related: Best Christmas Markets in Germany
Budget Hotels in Strasbourg
Ibis Budget Strasbourg Centre Gare
13 Place de la Gare, 67000 Strasbourg, France
This is a great budget hotel option for those who want easy access to both the train station and city center, plus the comforts of a standard chain hotel. Sign up for an Accor ALL account to earn points on your stay.
Ibis Strasbourg Centre Petite France
18 rue du Faubourg National, 67000 Strasbourg, France
Another Accor property, this Ibis is located just a few minutes from the La Petite France neighborhood and the Strasbourg city center. Guests enjoy the continental breakfast, air-conditioned rooms, and private parking for those who have a car. The Strasbourg Cathedral is 800 meters away.
Mid-Range Hotels in Strasbourg
Mercure Strasbourg Centre Petite France
3 rue du Maire Kuss, 67000 Strasbourg
Also located close to La Petite France, this Mercure hotel is a good mid-range option for those who want to be close to the center with nice amenities and not break the bank. You can expect a great breakfast, free wifi, and spacious rooms at this property.
voco Strasbourg Centre – The Garden, an IHG Hotel
9 rue des Magasins, 67000 Strasbourg, France
The voco is actually my hotel of choice in Strasbourg. I love the spacious air-conditioned rooms, the indoor pool, and the overall trendy feeling of staying there. The hotel offers a great breakfast, private parking, and an on site bar with local Alsace wines.
Luxury Hotels in Strasbourg
Sofitel Strasbourg Grand Ile
Place Saint Pierre Le Jeune, 67000 Strasbourg, France
If you are looking for some luxury, this Sofitel could be your choice. Located directly on the Grand-Île and in the city center, you’ll have easy access to all there is to see and do in Strasbourg. Guests love the spacious rooms, the hotel restaurant, and the fitness center.
Maison Rouge Strasbourg Hotel & Spa, Autograph Collection
4 rue des Francs Bourgeois, 67000 Strasbourg
This boutique hotel within the Marriott chain is just steps from the Place Kléber in central Strasbourg. Luxurious amenities include a fitness center, a luxury spa, a hot tub, and overall upscale rooms. The hotel’s restaurant serves an exceptional breakfast.
Rentals in Strasbourg
2 Pièces Cathédrale Carré d’Or
Near Place Gutenberg, 67000 Strasbourg, France
If you prefer to have a bit more space and rent an Airbnb, this one-bedroom rental is in the center of the Grand-Île and just steps from the Strasbourg Cathedral. It has a rating of 4.9 out of 5, the host is a Superhost, and guest reviews are glowing.
Near Place des Halles Shopping Center
L’Eurosebastopol – Crossing Apartment
L’EUROSEBASTOPOL, 67000 Strasbourg, France
If you are traveling in a group or need a family room, here is a two-bedroom located immediately outside of the Grand-Île and near plenty of shopping. This VRBO offers free wifi, a fully equipped kitchen, and easy access to the fun of Strasbourg; but note that private parking is not available.
Sélestat: Best Area for Budget Travelers
We might consider Sélestat to be the best area for budget travelers thanks to its cheap hotel and rental options, but it’s also a great stop to make on your journey through Alsace.
Just 35 minutes from Strasbourg, this medieval and historic city is just about halfway to Colmar.
Take the bridge over the River Ill to get some great photos and make your way into the old town. The historic center consists of two churches, one gothic and one romanesque style, along with the clock tower and many more historical buildings.
This 12th Century medieval castle has been very well preserved and can be toured, plus offers expansive views over Sélestat and the Rhine Valley.
Sélestat is home to many budget accommodation options and offers cheaper hotels in general thanks to its lower profile than nearby Strasbourg and Colmar, making it a great place for budget travelers.
With easy access to the other main destinations of the region and the famous Route des Vins, it is ideally located as well.
Here are some of the top attractions in Sélestat:
- Admire the churches of Sainte-Foy and Saint-Georges
- Visit an interesting museum dedicated to bread, the Maison du Pain d’Alsace
- Taste a real French crêpe at Crêp’ôz
- Get some fresh air at the Parc des Remparts, where there’s even a public indoor swimming pool
- Bring the kids to Cigoland amusement park for some rides and fun
Budget Hotels in Sélestat
Ibis Budget Sélestat
103 Route de Colmar, 67600 Sélestat, France
Sometimes, you just need the basics hotel, and this Ibis Budget can provide that. Comfortable beds in air-conditioned guest rooms, free wifi, and private parking make this a great budget option in Sélestat.
Hôtel Restaurant Vaillant proche Europapark Rulantica
7 rue Ignace Spies, 67600 Sélestat, France
This is a pet-friendly hotel that won’t cost you a fortune in the Alsace region.
Even with its low prices, the hotel still offers upscale amenities like a sauna, fitness center, and wine bar. The hotel’s restaurant has excellent Alsatian specialties as well.
Mid-Range Hotels in Sélestat
Best Western Plus Hotel & Restaurant Les Humanistes
4 Rue Du Golf, 67600 Sélestat, France
Best Western is a familiar plan that similarly offers a rewards program for free nights. This hotel offers visitors to Sélestat an outdoor swimming pool, room service, and even rental bicycles- a great way to explore the village and the surrounding countryside.
Rentals in Sélestat
Appartement des Sorcières – Witches Apartment
6a Rue des Laboureurs, 67600 Sélestat, France
If the name doesn’t bother you, this is a great and spacious rental with three bedrooms, so you can bring the whole family and even your pet. The hotel features a balcony with a view and a washing machine along with free parking.
Colmar: Best Area for Luxury Travelers
Colmar is the next best-known destination in Alsace after Strasbourg. Located less than an hour from Strasbourg by car and even less by train, it is a city not to be missed and not just for luxury travelers.
Visitors love Colmar for the half-timbered houses around its historic center, its quiet canals, and its friendly locals.
I describe it to people as similar to Strasbourg but on a smaller scale and more village-like atmosphere. Colmar can be a great day trip from elsewhere in the region, or your base while there.
Colmar also hosts an exceptional Christmas Market every December which basically overtakes the entire historical center.
The smells of gingerbread and hot wine fill the streets, lights and decorations cover the buildings, and you’ll immediately notice the local tradition of hanging teddy bears on the outside of windows.
When it’s not the festive season, there is still plenty to do in Colmar.
A favorite neighborhood for photographs and wandering is La Petite Venise (or Little Venice). It’s a bit of a more upscale spot, as the surroundings will remind you of the canals of Venice; except with half-timbered houses and no gondolas!
Also worth a visit is the local covered market and one or more of the many museums you’ll find throughout Colmar. In the center of it all, you’ll find the Collégiale St-Martin – a magnificent gothic cathedral that towers over the town.
Here are a few of our top tips when visiting Colmar:
- Walk the canal in Little Venice and get some great Colmar pictures
- Take in some history at the Museum of Natural History and Ethnography
- Try some authentic Alsatian cuisine at the Restaurant Maison Rouge
- Take a break to enjoy the statues in the Parc du Champ de Mars
- Bring the kids to the Musée du Jouet, a museum of toys!
Budget Hotels in Colmar
B&B Hôtel Colmar Expo
52 route de Strasbourg, 68000 Colmar, France
The B&B Hotels brand has been expanding rapidly around Europe, and their property in Colmar can be a great choice to save money if you don’t mind a short walk to the city center.
For a great price, you’ll have clean and comfortable accommodation with free parking and free wifi just a short walk away from Old Colmar.
Mid-Range Hotels in Colmar
Ibis Styles Colmar Centre
11A Boulevard du Champ de Mars, 68000 Colmar, France
Ibis Styles are a friendly step up from their standard Ibis and Ibis Budget counterparts. I love staying at these Accor properties for the free breakfast and modern decorations that incorporate the locality. This property has a great location, an on site bar, and friendly staff.
Mercure Colmar Centre Unterlinden
15 rue Golbery, 68000 Colmar, France
This Mercure property is within the historic center of Colmar and has a great location for anywhere you want to go in the city. Comfortable and spacious rooms are complemented by amenities such as a sauna and an outdoor terrace. Pets are welcome here.
Luxury Hotels in Colmar
Relais & Châteaux La Maison Des Têtes
19 Rue des Têtes, 68000 Colmar, France
We named Colmar the best place for luxury travelers for a reason, and the Maison Des Têtes is one of them. The high-end Relais & Châteaux brand converted a 17th Century building in the historic Colmar center for this hotel.
Guests love the spacious rooms and the fluffy robes and towels that come with them, along with the hotel’s restaurant and its Alsatian wine offerings.
Hotel Le Colombier Suites
11 Rue de la Poissonerie, 68000 Colmar, France
Another luxurious and comfortable setting in the center of Colmar, you might be tempted to stay in one of the half timbered houses you’ll admire around the town; so this is an authentic accommodation option.
Rooms in this hotel are soundproofed and offer views of the village streets or the hotel garden, and you’ll find a fluffy robe and pair of slippers in the bathroom.
Rentals in Colmar
Fly Me To The Moon Romantic Apartment
In the Little Venice neighborhood, 68000 Colmar, France
Possibly the most luxurious apartment rental in Colmar, this unit has two bedrooms and two floors on the top of its building. You’ll be on the canal of Little Venice in just a few steps from your fully-equipped accommodation, perfect for families and friends.
La Vie En Rose Airbnb
In the Little Venice neighborhood, 68000 Colmar, France
Another luxury rental option is La Vie En Rose, with one bedroom and one bathroom in Little Venice.
Rated as an Airbnb Plus unit that has been inspected for high levels of quality and service, it has an exceptional rating with all the amenities you may need, plus awesome decoration.
Ribeauvillé: Best Area for Safety
We’ve chosen Ribeauvillé (pronounced Ree-bow-vee-yay) as the best area for safety due to its small village atmosphere and location in the countryside.
But it’s a centrally located place for those who want to tour the Alsace Route des Vins, or the Alsatian wine route.
The Route des Vins is a north-to-south route through the Alsace wine country dotted with vineyards and their villages. It is a wonderful tour of an important part of French culture that will also show you some of the most picturesque villages of the Alsace region.
Ribeauvillé sits right in the middle of the route and is also a historic Alsatian town. Especially during spring and summertime, the village is covered in flowers and plants earning it a four-star rating in the French “Ville-Fleuri” system for “flowered towns”.
Ribbeauvillé is a medieval town that celebrates its historical heritage with several festivals throughout the year such as the Fiddler’s Festival and Old Music Festival, both in September, the Kougelhopf Festival in May celebrating a traditional cake, and of course its famous medieval Christmas market in December.
Therefore, Ribbeauvillé is an excellent destination of choice whether you want to do some wine tasting or simply enjoy the culture. Families and travelers looking for a safer feeling, in general, will appreciate this village.
We’d recommend a few things during your time in Ribeauvillé:
- Taste or learn about real Alsatian wine at a winery such as the Maison Trimbach or Domaine Jean Sipp
- Learn the local history at the museum of Cercle de Recherche Historique de Ribeauvillé et Environs
- Eat local specialties at Winstub La Flammerie
- Take a stroll through the Jardin de Ville park
- Visit the remains of three castles within walking distance of each other: the Château de Saint-Ulrich, Château de Gilsberg, and Château du Haut Ribeaupierre.
- Enjoy some of the hiking trails of the surrounding Vosges Mountains
- Take a day trip to Riquewihr, another nearby village named one of the most beautiful in France
Budget Hotels in Ribeauvillé
Hôtel de la Tour
1 rue de la Mairie, 68150 Ribeauvillé, France
We consider it a budget hotel just because of the low prices, but in fact, this hotel has some amenities you might expect in a resort.
Quaint and locally decorated rooms, a spa with a sauna and hot tub, and free bike rentals and wifi make this an excellent choice in this wine village in Alsace.
Mid-Range Hotels in Ribeauvillé
L’Hôtel & Spa Ribeauvillé
2 Grand’Rue, 68150 Ribeauvillé, France
Another hotel with outsized amenities, this property has a luxury spa with a sauna, hot tub, Turkish bath, and indoor swimming pool. Rooms are decorated with chic furniture and art and reflect the local Alsatian culture.
Luxury Hotels in Ribeauvillé
Hôtel Barrière Ribeauvillé
RD 106 BP 50002, 68161 Ribeauvillé, France
The Barrière brand is famous in France and offers a massive luxury resort in Ribeauvillé. A huge casino and spa define this hotel, with its three swimming pools. Local specialties, as well as international cuisine, can be found at its two restaurants and three bars.
Rentals in Ribeauvillé
Village center area, 68150 Ribeauvillé, France
This larger rental house of two bedrooms and two bathrooms in the picturesque village center. Enjoy free wifi, amenities for kids and babies, and extra space and equipment all around when touring this stop on the Route des Vins.
Mulhouse: Best Area for Families
For families who don’t exactly need to be on the wine route of Alsace or who want to see something besides it, Mulhouse would be a good choice. Along with Strasbourg, it’s another of the major cities in the Alsace region, though still not a massive one.
Mulhouse is located in the south of Alsace, not far from the German and Swiss borders and just outside of the Vosges Mountains. It is therefore a very international city with easy access across two borders.
There is plenty to do in Mulhouse, and as usual, it is best to start in the historic city center, with its narrow streets and beautiful Alsatian architecture.
Two museums that are unique to the town are the National Automobile Museum Schlumpf Collection and the Cité du Train Railway Museum.
You can even tour a little piece of a traditional Alsatian village right there in the city at the Ecomusée d’Alsace, which is an open-air exhibit of historical buildings typical to the region that a group of residents is dedicated to saving and preserving.
It’s perfect for families who would have a harder time making it to some of the more distant villages.
All of this plus much more makes Mulhouse a great place for the whole family to enjoy- after all, who doesn’t love classic cars, trains, and easy access to traditional sights? Here are some of the top things to hit in Mulhouse:
- Visit the Parc du Petit Prince, a theme park based on Saint Exupéry built just a few years ago
- Enjoy nature at the Zoological and Botanical Park of Mulhouse
- See the sculptures at the Parc à Sculpture
- Appreciate transportation at the National Automobile Museum Schlumpf Collection and the Cité du Train Railway Museum
- Leave the kids with a sitter and enjoy some French fine dining at Restaurant Il Cortile
Budget Hotels in Mulhouse
86 Avenue Robert Schuman, 68100 Mulhouse, France
The budget brand Appart’City always offers the basics for comfort and safety plus studio apartment amenities, including at this Mulhouse hotel. Many guests enjoy the kitchenette with a fridge and microwave, and the separate living area of the spacious rooms.
Ibis Budget Mulhouse Centre Gare
42 Avenue du Général Leclerc, 68100 Mulhouse, France
Located directly next to the train station, this Ibis Budget provides easy access to the railway connections to Switzerland, Germany, and the rest of France. It is also just a short walk to central Mulhouse. Basic accommodation is provided at budget prices.
Mid-Range Hotels in Mulhouse
Holiday Inn Mulhouse, an IHG Hotel
34 rue Paul Cezanne, 68200 Mulhouse, France
Located a bit more distant from the city center, guests are willing to walk a bit more for the trustworthy Holiday Inn brand and the opportunity to earn IHG points. This hotel is also helpful are the spacious and comfortable rooms as well as the indoor pool.
Hotel du Parc – Mulhouse Centre
26 Rue De La Sinne, 68100 Mulhouse, France
One of the best parts of this hotel is its location in the city center. Guests are often very pleased with the friendly staff who are happy to share the history of the town and the hotel. Also very popular is the piano bar in the lobby.
Mercure Mulhouse Centre
4 Place du Général de Gaulle, 68100 Mulhouse, France
The Mercure brand’s Mulhouse property is also in a central location and offers clean, comfortable, and spacious rooms. The hotel gym is a plus for fit travelers and the restaurant’s outdoor terrace is a big hit in the right weather.
Rentals in Mulhouse
The Freedom – Newly Renovated 2BR in City Center
Near the Porte Jeune Shopping Mall, 68100 Mulhouse, France
Here is a large apartment with two bedrooms for the whole family or group of friends to stay together in. You’ll appreciate the homey amenities like a Nespresso machine as well as the easy proximity to shopping, restaurants, and the city.
Appartement “Maison de l’Arsenal” Mulhouse Centre
Near Porte Haute, 68100 Mulhouse, France
Stay in a one-bedroom apartment in one of the oldest buildings in Mulhouse, which was just recently renovated in 2021. With a perfect 5-star rating and nice amenities such as a washer and toiletries, it’s a great and surprisingly inexpensive option for most types of travelers.
Molsheim: Best Area for Culture/History
Many travelers, myself included, love to enjoy the history and culture of the places we visit. And while you can (and should) do so in any of the areas on this list, we’ve chosen Molsheim to single out.
Molsheim is a very small village a bit west of Strasbourg. It is also on the Alsace wine route, which immediately helps it tick the box for local culture as a wine village. Just driving into or out of the village center will immediately surround you with miles of Alsace vineyards.
The village is full of history. The Place de l’Hôtel de Ville is the main town center, along with the Place du Marché a few minutes away.
La Metzig is an important historical building to see as a 16th-century butcher’s guild house. The ground floor is now an Alsatian regional cuisine restaurant.
You’ll also find an abundance of churches and cathedrals around Molsheim, many of them from the Jesuits and hundreds of years old.
To take in the history and culture of Molsheim that you came for, visit the Chartreuse Museum and Bugatti Foundation to really understand the city’s story.
As you can see, there is plenty to do in Molsheim despite its small size. Here are a few top picks:
- Visit the historical La Metzig and eat at its restaurant
- Learn the town’s history at the Musée de la Chartreuse et Fondation Bugatti
- Enjoy a real French crêpe at La Crêperie de Molsheim
- Walk the hiking trails through the vineyards at Banc Vignoble
- Stroll through the Parc des Jésuites to see amazing architecture
Budget Hotels in Molsheim
Hotel Le Bugatti
3 Route Ecospace, 67120 Molsheim, France
A very nice budget property along the Alsace Wine Route, within walking distance from the Molsheim train station and village center. The fitness center has been categorized as fabulous, and rooms are air-conditioned and comfortable.
Mid-Range Hotels in Molsheim
Logis Hôtel du Centre
1 rue St Martin, 67120 Molsheim, France
This boutique hotel is especially interesting for visitors who want to bike the Alsace wine route as they have a dedicated bike garage. Rooms are quaint and comfy and a buffet breakfast is served daily in the garden during nice weather.
Luxury Hotels in Molsheim
Hôtel Diana Restaurant & Spa by HappyCulture
14 Rue St Odile, 67120 Molsheim, France
One advantage to staying in a small village is getting a luxury hotel for a great price, like at the Hôtel Diana.
With spa treatments, an indoor pool, and a peaceful garden relaxation space with day beds, you’ll have a wonderfully relaxing stay among the Alsatian vineyards.
Rentals in Molsheim
Appartement Moderne en Centre Ville
In the village center, 67120 Molsheim, France
For extra space and self-catering amenities in Molsheim, this two-bedroom apartment will provide plenty of comforts. In the middle of the village, you have a French boulangerie and a supermarket just two minutes away along with the rest of the village charm.
Thann: Best Area for Adventures
Last on our list but certainly not least, Thann is a village considered to be one of “the most beautiful detours of France”. We’d have to agree, and name it as the best spot for adventures in Alsace as well.
Thann is one of the last stops on the wine route of Alsace, located in the southern part of the region west of Mulhouse and in the Vosges Mountains. It’s another small village with a quaint feeling, but also a great base for adventurers.
Situated along the Thur, Thann’s historical center is full of 16th-century buildings, towers, and fortifications.
But just a short distance away are the beginnings of hikes to castles, ruins, and viewpoints over the Vosges Mountains and Alsatian Plain.
The Château de l’Engelbourg is within walking distance of the city center itself. Heading a bit further into the Vosges brings countless opportunities for hiking trails to waterfalls, lakes, and expansive views of the region’s nature. That is why Thann could be a great place to start for those looking for an adventure.
Some top things to do in and around Thann are as follows:
- Visit the South Gate of the Wine Route of Alsace, a museum to start or end the wine road at
- Hike the Sentier Viticole de Thann for some views of the village
- Get some real croissants and other French pastries at one of the many authentic Pâtisseries in town
- Take in the view from one of the bridges over the Thur
- Make your way further into the Vosges Mountains and have an adventure
Budget Hotels in Thann
Hôtel Restaurant Les Moschenross
42 Rue du Génèral De Gaulle, 68800 Thann, France
This basic boutique hotel has a local vibe in the heart of Thann. A buffet breakfast with local specialties is served every morning, free private parking and free wifi are available, and the hotel’s restaurant is highly recommended.
Mid-Range Hotels in Thann
Hôtel Restaurant Aux Sapins
3 Rue Jeanne d’Arc, 68800 Thann, France
Perfect for those who wish to ski or cycle in the Vosges, this boutique hotel is also well-known for its restaurant. Rooms are comfortable, air-conditioned, and come with free wifi access.
Luxury Hotels in Thann
Hôtel Restaurant du Parc
23 Rue Kleber, 68800 Thann, France
Stay in a renovated 19th-century manor house with antique furniture and marble fireplaces during your time in this picturesque village. With an outdoor swimming pool, a children’s playground, and a relaxing garden, you’ll have a warm and friendly stay here.
Rentals in Thann
Lumineux Studio, Vue Panoramique!
In the village center, 68800 Thann, France
This little studio is surrounded by nature and offers you views of the village and the Thur river. You can walk just about anywhere in town from here, and bike parking is available for those who wish to cycle the starting point of the Route des Vins.
Getting Around Alsace, France
Transportation around the Alsace region is not difficult. Whatever your budget and comfort level, you should be able to move between places relatively easily.
Arriving from Elsewhere
To get to Alsace, you can fly into the Strasbourg International Airport or the Mulhouse-Basel-Freiburg EuroAirport. Air France as well as many other European carriers serve the airports from major cities around the continent.
Long-distance and regional trains also arrive from elsewhere in France, Luxembourg, Germany, and Switzerland. You can use websites like Omio to see what trains are running and when.
Getting Around by Train
The French train system is the SNCF, which operates trains quite frequently from hubs in Strasbourg and Mulhouse. Even the smaller villages on this list have stations (though might be served less frequently). Solo travelers and budget travelers will find the train to be cheap and effective.
Train tickets just around the region do not need to be reserved in advance and are the same price no matter when you buy them. Use the app oui.sncf to see timing and purchase your ticket directly.
Getting Around on the Roads
The road system in Alsace is just as good as the rest of France, and driving here isn’t a problem for most tourists. Self-driving is a great way to save money and stress for families. It can be a great way to see everything on your own time and go further than the main places.
Rental agencies can be found at the airports of Strasbourg and Mulhouse, as well as their city centers. I like to rent from Sixt in Europe, but you can always use sites like Kayak or Skyscanner to see who is offering the best deal during your stay.
Where is a good place to stay in Alsace near the Wine Route?
You could stay in Strasbourg or Colmar and make your way to the villages of the Route des Vins. But, to really experience this amazing path of vineyards, stay in a village, like Molsheim, Ribeauvillé, or Thann.
What is the best area to stay in Strasbourg?
While the Grand Île as a whole is a great place to stay, I recommend the La Petite France neighborhood for its picturesque beauty and its easy access to the rest of the sights of Strasbourg.
What are the best neighborhoods to stay in Colmar?
Colmar is rather small in general so most locations will be fine, but for the best time, I recommend anywhere in the historical center (Vieux Colmar) and particularly Little Venice.
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