Things to do
FOOD & DRINK
Alsace is renowned for its distinctive cuisine that brings a French flair to traditional German dishes. Try the fragrant choucroute – pickled cabbage flavoured with juniper berries that’s a popular accompaniment to smoked pork, or sometimes salmon. Many come to Alsace to sample the region’s fine wines, but it’s also the place to try some of France’s best beers.
For centuries, Alsace has been fought over by French Kings and German princes – a turbulent history evoked by the region’s many striking fortresses. One of the most spectacular is Haut Koenigsburg, a medieval castle perched high on a cliff. An impressive landmark of more peaceful times is Strasbourg cathedral, famous for its ornate spire carved out of pink sandstone.
Alsace has plenty to offer those in search of the great outdoors. The region’s natural highlight is Ballon des Voges Nature Park – a protected area of woodland and wetland where you can spot falcons, rare owls and, if you’re lucky, lynx. As Alsace shares a border with Germany, you could even plan a day out to the woods and mountains of the Black Forest.