Do you intend to visit one of Europe’s’ famous tourist centres? Do you want to experience the French culture in a native territory? If you do, head to the culturally rich North-eastern territory of Alsace-Lorraine.
Alsace-Lorraine is a region that combines a language that’s German with an obviously French culture. The language and cultural influence on this territory is due to its history with both countries. This attracts tourists who long to experience the beautiful culture of Alsace-Lorraine.
Experience the best of both Germany and France
The French and German roots in Alsace-Lorraine run deep. These German roots are reflected in the language and architecture. Although French is the predominant language in the region, a fraction of the natives can speak the Alsatian dialect, or German, fluently. The houses are made of half-timber, and when paired with ornate wells, fountains and carved wood balustrades, reflect the atmosphere of medieval Germany. Its French sense of culture is represented through fashion, dishes like foie gras d’oie and choucroute garnie, and fine wine.
The rich traditional heritage of Alsace and Lorraine comprises gastronomy, festivals, historical and religious landmarks. The region is home to museums, castles, and other places of interest.
THINGS TO DO IN ALSACE-LORRAINE
- View the French/Germanic Architectures and Castles
- Visit Colmer, the capital of Alsace Wines
- Try some delicacies like foie gras d’oie and choucroute garnie
Gastronomy and drinks
The Alsace community is well known for its traditional food which includes dishes like, Baeckeoffe, Tarte flambée, choucroute garnie, foie gras, and desserts like pain d’epice, and kouglof, often paired with the finest of red or white wine.
Colmar is the capital of Alsace wines. There you can taste the wines along the wine routes, or in one of the winstubs. Alsatian beer is also represented by famous breweries, such as Heineken, Fischer, Karlsbrau, and Kronebourg.
Architecture and Landmarks
Alsace has many medieval villages, with historical structures and castles such as the medieval castle of Hohlandsbourg. There are a large number of other feudal castles in the region, some in ruins and others which have remained intact. There are also war sites, and over 250 museums containing historical artefacts.
If you’re looking for a slice of the French/German history and culture, visit Alsace-Lorraine. Take a trip down the wine routes and taste some of the finest wines ever made by man, or you can take part in bike races along Colmar’s canals, and across bridges in Strasbourg’s Petit France quarter. You can visit our enchanting Christmas markets, or stop at a brasserie and have a taste of exquisite meals.