Discover the Surreal Beauty of Alsace’s Fairytale Towns on the Legendary Wine Route 

Imagine winding your way around the magnificent vineyards, villages, chateaus, and historic towns along Alsace’s epic Wine Road – an area that’s home to some of the most picturesque and mythical places in the world. A region steeped in culture and centuries of history, Alsace is a region located right in the heart of Europe that possesses a wonderland of sights, adventure, and of course, some of the best wines in the world.

Among the many sites and attractions in this incomparable part of the world, the romantic and utterly captivating Fairytale Towns easily take center stage. They are some of the most beloved destinations in Alsace, having inspired people far and wide with their fairy-tale like beauty. Here’s a look at some of Alsace’s most enchanting and magical Fairytale Towns that are a must-visit on the beautiful Wine Route.

Explore the Beauty of Eguisheim

When it comes to traditional Alsatian charm, Eguisheim is a prime example of it. A picturesque town of narrow cobblestone streets, winding alleys, and colorful half-timbered medieval houses, it’s one of the most authentic, peaceful, and certainly one of the most beautiful villages along the Wine Route. While you’re here, you must take a stroll through the narrow, winding lanes, and go sightseeing at the quaint 13th-century castle.

Other sights that you shouldn’t miss include the quaint 12th-century fortified church, an ancient Roman castrum, and the incredible fountain in the main square. To get an even better view of the town, take the mini train on a tour around the village. Not to forget, Eguisheim is also known for its excellent selection of restaurants and wine tasting spots, so make sure to stop for a bite and some of the renowned wines.

Take a Trip to the Magical Town of Riquewihr

It’s easy to spend hours admiring the aura of Riquewihr – a perfectly preserved historic village that looks like something out of a storybook. You can’t help but be amazed at the facades of 16th-century half-timbered houses, the scenic cobblestone alleys, the quaint flower-decked fountains, and the beautiful ramparts with towers that stretch along the fortifications. From the House of the Spouses and the Villeroy House to the exquisite Gothic Church and the Wooden Well, Riquewihr is a postcard-like town that you won’t soon forget.

Be sure to make a stop at the famed Deppele Cave, and while you’re here, don’t miss out on the breathtaking views from the ramparts and fortifications. Of course, Riquewihr is also famous for its wine and for its delicious Schupfnudle – a dish of gnocchi-like dumplings made from potatoes, flour, and eggs. It’s ideal for dining-in at one of the quaint restaurants, or get some takeaway and enjoy it in the romantic streets of the old town.

Visit the Historic Town of Turckheim

If ever there was a town that looks like it stepped out of a storybook, then Turckheim is it. A photogenic town steeped in history and culture, it’s easily one of Alsace’s most romantic places. Like many towns along the Wine Route, Turckheim’s streets are lined with well-preserved half-timbered dwellings paired with slate-covered roofs that are usually seen in fairytales. At its center is the beautiful Town Hall below which is the Gothic fortified church of St. Jacques. It’s quite a sight!

Another gorgeous sight to behold here is the dry moat that surrounds the town’s old fortifications – the Couvert-Quarriers. Turckheim is an ideal place for finding souvenirs, such as the typical hand-painted pottery, wood carving, and wicker baskets. After all the sightseeing, sip some Alsatian Gewürztraminer or Pinot Gris vintages at local tasting rooms and wineries. Local events like the night watchmen’s night tour and the annual festival of Saint-Jacques also add to the unique spirit of Turckheim that’ll you’ll appreciate for years to come.

Step Into the Past In Colmar

Colmar is a city that will take your breath away with its captivating beauty. From the moment you arrive, you’ll be enthralled by remarkable sights like the half-timbered houses, centuries-old churches, quaint canals, and numerous ancient fortifications.

The real highlight here is the old city – Petite Venise (or Little Venice), named because of its river-like canals and pastel-colored houses lined along the banks. Then there’s the old town, its cobblestone streets, fortifications and watchtowers, plenty of vineyards, and monuments including the Unterlinden Museum and the 19th-century béguinage (convent for women). Food-wise, the Cheese Market, the Spice Market, and the Rooster Market make for interesting experiences. And of course, finish your Colmar tour with some divine local wines – Alsace’s signature Reisling varieties are highly recommended.

Enjoy Nature and Wine at Orschwiller

Set among some of Alsace’s most picturesque vineyards, Orschwiller is a quaint town that’s also blessed with natural beauty. The town’s main attraction is its 13th-century castle, set against a surreal backdrop of the rolling green hills and vineyards that characterize the region. It’s almost magical!

But Orschwiller is also a wine-producing town, and it’s one of the most renowned vineyards on the Wine Route. A trip to the town wouldn’t be complete without a vintage tasting tour of the several local wineries. Make sure to get a bottle of the locals’ favorite Gewurztraminer and taste some of the best Riesling near the impressive Château du Haut-Koenigsbourg.

Experience the Charms of Kayserberg

The oldest recorded town in Alsace, Kayserberg is renowned for its antique houses, vineyards, and creek-like canals that reflects its own fairytale-like beauty. Located in the Alsace plains, Kayserberg is one of the region’s best-kept secrets and is certainly worthy of a spot on your list of places to visit on the Wine Route.

The town’s chief attraction is its 12th-century church, Église St. Léger, which is home to the beautiful panoramas of Alsace that you can admire from atop the tallest bell tower in the region. Adventure lovers will be pleased to know that there are some great marked trails that lead hikers to more spellbinding views of vineyards and hills. Or, if you’re looking for something else to do, have a go at the Kayserberg 4 km long wine cellars of La Route des Vins, and find out more about the Alsatian wines produced here.

Be Mesmerized by the Storybook Town of Bergheim

Located in the lower Alsatian hills and surrounded by rolling vineyards and charming villages, Bergheim is a secret gem of the Alsace region and a dreamy postcard of the wine-making tradition of the area. Easily one of the most authentic and beautiful towns on the Wine Route, Bergheim has all the elements of a storybook village. This tiny town will enthrall you with its medieval streetscape, stone houses, colorful facades, and an array of monuments and ancient landmarks that keep its centuries-old history alive.

Be sure to take a leisurely stroll through Bergheim’s narrow cobblestone lanes, visit its centuries-old church, the old Thann town hall, the béguinage of the Augustinian nuns, and the quaint Castle of Rauschenstein at the other end of the village. Following your tour, refuel at the traditional eateries, do some wine tasting at the local wineries, and buy some unique souvenirs from the local shops.

Explore Further Along the Legendary Wine Route of Alsace

The memorable experience of exploring Alsace’s captivating vineyards, tasting legendary wines, and uncovering Fairytale Towns is something that will certainly stay with you for a lifetime. In addition to the towns and places mentioned here, the Wine Route has plenty of others that are just as memorable and exciting.

This enchanting route also features other intriguing sites like the incredible Pfister House and ancient half-timbered homes, traditional wooden winemakers’ huts, medieval galleries, flower-covered meadows, and infinite vineyards and forests. So don’t miss out on exploring these places too as you take your journey along Alsace’s Wine Route!