Stage 5 : Alsace tourist discovering

Stage 5 : Alsace tourist discovering.

CENTRAL ROUTE

Stage 5/24 - 304 kms


0 km Colmar

15 kms Riquewihr

39 kms Barr

9 kms Obernai

31 Kms Strasbourg

50 Kms Saverne

112 Kms Nancy

96 kms Verdun

carte Colmar a Verdun

A tourist discovering in Colmar : you will find international modern art

A tourist discovering begins in Colmar, the third largest commune of the Alsace region, in north-eastern France. It is renowned for its well preserved old town, its many architectural monuments and museums, which include the Unterlinden Museum with the Issenheim altarpiece. The Unterlinden Museum is one of Alsace’s main museums. It displays the Issenhiem altarpiece, a great collection of the medieval town, paintings and sculptures of the Renaissance and baroque of Haut-Rhin, design archaeological objects and international modern art.

Riquewihr in Alsace, a romantic medieval town between mountains and vineyards

RIQUEWIHR - France

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Riquewihr is situated in Alsace, in eastern France at the Rhine border with Germany. An ideal combination with history, culture, scenery, food and wine which makes it one of the most pleasant places to visit in the whole of Europe. It is also a wonderful and romantic medieval town famous for the Riesling and other great Alsatian wines. Although being in a very preserved area, Riquewihr is only 11 km from Colmar and a few minutes from other famous Alsatian villages such as Ribeauvillé, Hunawihr, Eguisheim or Kaysersberg. A great place for ecotourism holidays and for beautiful strolls in the forest or in the mountain or across some of the vineyards.

Our Lady of Dusenbach

The valley derives its name from the monastery of Our Lady of Dusenbach located between Ribeauvillé and Sainte-Marie-aux-Mines in Alsace in eastern France. It is known as the monastery with the three chapels. The town of Ribeauvillé first appeared in the historical record in 758. Its history and the surrounding area are closely related to the advantage of the bishops of Basel until the era of the French Revolution. The name Dusenbach comes from the flow along the valley. The pilgrimage originated through the work of the Lords of Ribeaupierre and dates back to the Crusades era. According to tradition, the Pietà of the Black Madonna was brought back from the Middle East in the early 13th century. Also known as Dusenbach Virgin, Our Lady of Mercy Dusenbach and Our Lady of Mercy Dusenbach.

Barr : a French town to discover

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Barr is a French town in the Bas-Rhin department in the French Alsace region. It was originally an imperial property, but in 1522 the Habsburgs leased it to Nicolas Ziegler, and a few years later giving him full ownership. Ziegler’s sons sold Barr to the city of Strasbourg. This led to the town of Barr being involved in the Bishop’s War of Strasbourg from 1592–1604 against the Catholics of Lorraine, which resulted in the destruction of Barr’s castle and many of its houses in 1592.

Obernai : a town attractive

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Obernai is a commune in the Bas-Rhin department of Alsace in north-eastern France. It lies on the eastern slopes of the Vosges. At the crossroads of three important regions of Alsace, Obernai is a booming city. Located 25 km southwest of Strasbourg, where the small valley of the Ehn River lies, hence the name “Ehenheim”. Obernai is so attractive that it is the most visited city of the Bas-Rhin. Obernai, St. Odile’s birthplace, will meet the visitor’s expectations whether he is gourmet, sportsman, history lover or has just come to relax.

Strasbourg : its tourist Christmas Market

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Located on the Rhine’s banks, Strasbourg is known for its historical and cultural sites, as well as its charming ambiance. Famous for its cathedral, which is Europe’s highest medieval building, for its canals which surround the city centre, its traditional Christmas Market, charming scenery, beautiful parks and traditional dishes, Strasbourg offers to its visitors a range of unique experiences. The charm of the city’s old district or “Petite (Little) France” is easily combined with the magnificence of institutional buildings inspired by the “German” architecture. This blend of influences is also present in the local cuisine that you can enjoy in one of Strasbourg’s many restaurants.

Strasbourg – Grande Île (Grand Island)

The Grande Île of Strasbourg represents the eastward vector of the Gothic art movement. Its influence is substantial and can be divided into three successive phases: the influence of the Pillar of the Last Judgement, the influence of the rood-screen and the influence of the façade’s doors. Goethe considered Notre-Dame de Strasbourg to be the Gothic cathedral par excellence. Surrounded by two arms of the Ill River, the Grande Île is the Alsatian capital’s the historic centre. It was the site of the Roman castrum of Argentorate, the two principal axes of which have been respected by modern urban development. The Rue des Hallebardes and the Rue des Juifs are laid along the cardo while the Rue du Dôme and the Rue du Bain-des-Roses are two segments of the decumanus.

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Saverne : the unicorn’s city

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Saverne is in north-eastern France. It lies on the Rhine-Marne canal. The town’s emblem is a unicorn. Legend has it that a unicorn’s horn was found in one of the nearby castles in ruins. It is more likely that a narwhal’s tooth was discovered and mistaken for a unicorn’s horn. However, it gave its name to the local beer and to the Karlsbräu brewery. There are other sights in Saverne such as the 15th century former castle and the adjacent Catholic church with stained glass windows and sculptures, the monastery with a church and cloister decorated with 17th century frescoes and also several old houses, including the greatly decorated Maison Katz which stands out.

The Northern Vosges Regional Natural Park

The Northern Vosges Regional Natural Park boasts a rich natural heritage. It is characterized by its rolling hills and landscapes dotted with clearings and lakes. The forest covers 65% of the area, and is home to a variety of wildlife. Here, you may come across roe deer, deer, and if you’re really lucky, you will find the lynx and coal tits. This exceptional wealth has earned the park the rare title of “World Biosphere Reserve” awarded by UNESCO and a prize as a destination of excellence awarded by the Eden competition for “tourism and protected areas”. To explore the park, you can set off on foot or by bike along the 1650 km of marked trails. Discovery outings are also proposed by the Maison du Parc (Visitors Centre) on various themes.

Nancy: a very welcoming tourist city

NANCY - France

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Nancy is a tourist city in the north-eastern France, and formerly the capital of the Duchy of Lorraine, and then the French province of the same name.  Place Stanislas, a large square built between March 1752 and November 1755 by Stanislaw I linked the medieval old town of Nancy and the new town built under Charles III in the 17th century, is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Place Stanislas, Nancy, a Unesco world Heritage

Nancy is world-famous for its ensemble of architectural masterpieces listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Completely renovated, embellished and pedestrianised, the Place Stanislas is considered one of the world’s most beautiful places. The works of exceptional quality were undertaken to beautify the square and were completed in 2005, the paving stones, in particular, that have been remade very close to the original ones. The doors were gilt, buildings and decorative elements have been finely restored, this architectural gem, spectacular 18th century square recovered its former glory.

Verdun : a town rich in history

Verdun is a small town in the Meuse department in Lorraine in north-eastern France. It is the largest city in Meuse, although the department’s capital is the slightly smaller city of Bar-le-Duc.

The Verdun cathedral

The Verdun cathedral, Lorraine’s oldest, was built in the 10th century on the site of Rhenania’s large basilicas. It has undergone countless transformations over the centuries. Its Roman style East choir was built in the 17th century and is flanked by two portals, including the so-called “portal of the Lion”, representing the four Evangelists and can clearly be seen from the outside. The arches on the nave and the aisles were built in the 14th and 15th centuries, when Gothic style side chapels were also added. A cloister consisting of an elegant window was added to the cathedral’s architecture later, during the 16th century. The cathedral was listed historical monument on 30 October 1996 and later, sacred monument on 10 November 1935.

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