Are you planning to travel to Eastern France? Great idea! Eastern France, and Alsace in particular, has an impressive number of things to do.
In this article, I list 19 activities that will delight solo travelers, couples, friends or families!
Perched high in the Vosges mountains, Château Haut-Koenigsbourg is a journey back in time.
Built in the 12th century, modified in the 15th and then carefully restored in the early 20th, today it showcases medieval life and the defense strategy of a fortress.
You’ll love exploring the interior, before ending your visit to the ramparts. These offer a unique view of the Alsace plain.
The Unterlinden Museum
The Unterlinden Museum in Colmar is an original place. It is housed in a former convent. It is renowned for the presence of the Issenheim Altarpiece, a Renaissance masterpiece. The tour also includes other works from the Middle Ages.
The exhibition spaces, combining historic and contemporary architecture, create a unique atmosphere.
To find out more, read my article on the Unterlinden Museum.
Hohlandsbourg castle has dominated the Alsace plain for centuries. Its original construction dates back to 1279. Since then, it has held a special place in Alsace.
The size and condition of the ramparts are astonishing. They are magnificent.
Inside the château, you’ll discover the era of knights and lords. If you’re only familiar with the castles of the Loire Valley, you’ll be able to compare the differences and appreciate an architecture that is not identical. Aesthetic beauty gives way to practicality and protection.
Strasbourg Christmas market
Strasbourg’s Christmas market is a European institution. Every year, it attracts an impressive number of tourists. Some travel hundreds of kilometers to attend the event.
Its unique atmosphere and the markets scattered throughout the city are an unforgettable festive experience. Only our German neighbors know how to make such beautiful Christmas markets.
Christmas decorations and lights, combined with the smell of mulled wine and gingerbread, are the perfect start to the festive season.
The Mulhouse Automobile Museum
The Musée de l’Automobile in Mulhouse is a paradise for lovers of classic cars and automotive history. With its collection of several hundred cars, it traces the development of the motor vehicle from its earliest days.
The thematic presentation of the vehicles makes the visit even more captivating. It’s a much more pleasant experience than car museums in cold, poorly equipped hangars.
La Montagne des Singes is a unique place in France. As its name suggests, and unlike zoos with many animals, this park is a place to observe and interact with Barbary macaques.
In this natural and dedicated setting, you’ll discover monkeys in a whole new way. It’s an educational and entertaining outing, particularly popular with families.
Le Vaisseau in Strasbourg
Le Vaisseau is the ideal place to stimulate children’s curiosity. It is presented as an educational park with scientific and sensory trails.
With games, a garden, a pond and a lovely orchard, children can have fun and learn. In between cultural visits, it’s the perfect place to calm young children’s excitement.
Colmar Toy Museum
The Musée du Jouet in Colmar delights visitors of all ages with its extensive collections of old and new toys. Older visitors gaze nostalgically at the toys of their childhood, while younger ones simply daydream in front of the vast array of exhibits.
The museum even has a certain historical character, as it exhibits toys dating back to the Romans. It’s amazing to see how similar the amusements of the youngest are through the ages.
Sainte-Marie-aux-Mines Silver Mines
The Sainte-Marie-aux-Mines Silver Mines provide an opportunity to explore the region’s mining history.
This story is less well known than that of the miners of the North. Yet it is just as fascinating. Diving through the mines is a real experience. Then you’ll discover the mining techniques of yesteryear, the miners’ working conditions and geological information.
The visit is immersive and fascinating, thanks in particular to the authenticity and quality of conservation of the underground galleries.
The European Parliament
The European Parliament in Strasbourg is a powerful symbol of the European Union. A visit to the Parliament offers a rare insight into the place where decisions are taken that influence the lives of hundreds of millions of European citizens.
In addition to this political interest, the visit is also an opportunity to see a building with surprising architecture.
The Schlucht is an ideal starting point for nature lovers and outdoor enthusiasts. In winter, it becomes a small ski area, and in summer, it’s popular for hiking and mountain biking.
It’s a great place to exercise and buy a few local souvenirs. In the resort and on the way, you’ll pass a number of souvenir stores and farms selling local produce.
The Butterfly Garden in Hunawihr
If you love butterflies, this is the place for you. The Butterfly Garden contains greenhouses housing hundreds of butterflies from Africa, Asia and America.
The best time to visit is outside peak season. With fewer visitors, you can escape through the colors of the butterflies. They swirl around you.
The Royal Palace in Kirrwiller
The Royal Palace in Kirrwiller is a landmark of Alsace. It includes a party room, two restaurants and a beautiful theater. Here you can enjoy cabaret performances.
With friends, colleagues or as a couple, it’s an entertaining experience. While enjoying a fine meal, you can admire the prowess of the artists and dancers in a well-appointed setting. Reviews on the Internet are excellent.
La Volerie des Aigles in Kintzheim
The Volerie des Aigles is an enjoyable outing. Located in the ruins of an ancient castle, you can admire birds of prey in full flight.
The demonstrations are a fascinating spectacle where you can appreciate the agility and power of these birds. The geography of the area provides an ideal setting for the eagles.
The Strasbourg Planetarium is located in the Neustadt district of Strasbourg.
Its 15-meter-diameter inclined screen allows 360-degree projections. It’s a real astronomical simulator where you can learn to see the universe differently. Learning goes hand in hand with pleasure.
Several shows are organized each year. They feature a range of immersive films.
Eco-museum d’Alsace in Ungersheim
The Eco-museum d’Alsace is an open-air museum. Here you’ll find Alsatian buildings such as half-timbered houses, stores, fortified towers, a farm, a town hall… all built as they were in days gone by.
Your visit takes you back in time. You’ll find a large collection of objects from the everyday life of a 20th-century Alsatian village.
A riverboat cruise in Strasbourg is an idyllic way to contemplate the city’s architectural beauty and charms from its tranquil waters.
For just over an hour, a guide enriches the tour with historical and cultural details. Sitting back in your seat, you listen as you observe the city’s most famous monuments.
The Alsace Wine Route is an enchanting escapade through picture-postcard landscapes. Whether you’re a wine connoisseur or a simple consumer, your adventure will introduce you to Alsace’s terroir.
Enjoy magnificent, natural landscapes, and stop off at wineries or estates for tastings of famous wines.
The Little Prince Park
Le Parc du Petit Prince is a park like no other. It’s not inspired by a place or a world, but by a book: The Little Prince. This mythical book by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry has inspired entire generations to dream. The story lends itself perfectly to the creation of an amusement park.
Even though the park is still small, young and old alike enjoy attractions such as the Flying Chairs, Trampoline Park, Snake, South Atlantic…
Several shows are organized throughout the day. Mascots roam the park, and a small area is home to farm animals.
If the park seems too childish for groups of adults, it’s ideal for families with young children.
Other things to do in Alsace
Didn’t find what you were looking for in the previous list, or do you still have room in your diary? Here’s a list of other interesting activities to discover in Alsace:
- Strasbourg’s Notre-Dame Cathedral
- The Alsatian Museum in Strasbourg
- La Petite France in Strasbourg
- Museum of the Œuvre Notre-Dame
- The Palais Rohan in Strasbourg
- Strasbourg’s Neustadt (German imperial quarter)
- The Würth Museum in Erstein
- The Folie Marco Museum in Barr
- The Alsace-Moselle Memorial at Schirmeck
- Fleckenstein Castle
- Mulhouse Historical Museum
- Parc de Wesserling – Textile Ecomuseum
- The Humanist Library of Sélestat
- Mutzig Fort
- The Museum of the Battle of August 6, 1870 in Woerth
- Lichtenberg Castle
- The Bartholdi Museum in Colmar
- Pfister House in Colmar
- Landskron Castle
- Kaysersberg Castle.