Visitors will need to ensure the battery on their camera is fully charged when they come to the historic region of Alsace in North East France. There is so much to see for holidaymakers in this region which incorporates beautiful towns and cities such as Strasbourg and Colmar. Here visitors will find numerous different places to stay including self catering accommodation, villas, gites, cottages and apartments.
Alsace is a very scenic region of France offering wonderful hiking opportunities for visitors with numerous vineyards and the beautiful sights of the Vosges Mountains. Cycling is popular in the area including a scenic route where the Vosges Mountains meet the Rhine Valley. Another enjoyable excursion is the Alsatian Vineyard route, which is best taken by car and incorporates visiting medieval wine villages in the region.
Families can enjoy a trip to one of the theme parks in the area including Le Bioscope at Ungersheim, which combines education on the environment with fun. There are numerous golf courses in Alsace making it an ideal location for a golfing holiday including a highly rated one at Kemferhof.
Many bars, restaurants and cafes can be found in the region offering the best of French and German fare. Holidaymakers looking to do some shopping will find many big stores in the bigger cities such as Strasbourg as well as smaller establishments and markets throughout the region. Winter visitors can go to Christmas markets held in Kaysersberg, Strasbourg, Mulhouse and Colmar.
There are a number of interesting places to visit in the region such as the Parc naturel des Vosges du Nord and Parc naturel régional des Ballons des Vosges. One of the oldest public libraries in the world, Bibliotheque humaniste in Selestat is also located in Alsace. Tourists will also find several museums in the region including the Cite du Train and the Cite de l’automobile both in Mulhouse.
There are many fantastic old buildings and castles featured here too such as Notre Dame Cathedral in Strasbourg and Chateau du Haut-Koenigsbourg at Orschwiller. Visitors interested in history may also like to visit Natzweiler-Struthof, which was the only Nazi concentration camp on present day French territory.
The Alsace region is protected from the west winds by the Vosges mountain range. The winters in Alsace tend to be cold and dry with average temperatures in December, January and February about 5 degrees centigrade. The summers are hot with the warmest time of the year to visit generally August when the average temperature is 26 degree centigrade. The city of Colmar has one of the lowest levels of rainfall in France of just 700mm per year.
The airport at Entzheim just outside Strasbourg has flights to and from many other French cities including Paris, Lyon and Lille. It also has flights to a number of other European cities including Amsterdam, Brussels, Copenhagen, Lisbon, Madrid and Prague. Other cities in the UK and Germany have flights to and from Euroairport, which is approximately 14 miles southeast of Mulhouse. The Bas-Rhin département is linked to Paris and the rest of France by the A4 highway and the N4 road. The main access to Switzerland is the A35 highway between Mulhouse, France and Basel, Switzerland.