Two days in Alsace

On Tuesday we set out from Brussels through Luxembourg to Strasbourg, in France. There wasn’t a moment of the drive where the scenery was anything less than stunning. Sweet little towns, with church spires reaching above pretty red-roofed houses called to us from either side of the highway. We put a few places on our future travel wish list; the seven chateaus in the valley of Luxembourg, for example.

We had lunch in the town of Bastogne, which was the site of the battle of the bulge, but we didn’t see much of the town, to be honest we just wanted to stretch out legs and have a run about for a while. There is such a lot of history in Europe – when you holiday in the USA often, as we do, you get used to how they celebrate buildings having been there since 1800-and-something, so to see properly old things is at once strange and wonderful. For example, there has been a church on this site since the 800s.

church bastogne belgium

gateway bastogne belgiumAfter lunch we continued on into France, after filling up with the cheapest diesel we’ve seen in a very long time – €,93!

We arrived in Strasbourg in time for dinner. We stayed in the Holiday Inn Express which was approximately a 15-minute walk away from the centre of town.

What a beautiful place Strasbourg is! Seriously, if I lived here I’d have to plan an extra fifteen minutes sightseeing time in my schedule so I’d get to places on time.

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The cathedral is beautiful inside and out. James enjoyed chasing bubbles outside, which makes a change from chasing pigeons!

Check out these stained glass windows, which are so pretty.  cathedral interior stained glass windows strasbourg france

The organ was enormous. I’ll bet that sounds out some hymns and there’ll need to be a pretty enthusiastic congregation. cathedral interior strasbourg organ france

The cathedral houses an astronomical clock, which is so amazing that even the inventor thought so; he built a statue of himself opposite it so he could admire it forever! astronomical clock strasbourg cathedral france alsace

James took a ride on the carousel before we went to the boulangerie for a sandwich lunch.   carousel strasbourg alsace france

painted shops centre of strasbourg alsace france

bridge strasbourg alsace franceAnd then we set out to Dambach for the night. Unfortunately we didn’t book a table for our evening meal in the hotel restaurant, and so our plans for a relaxing evening disappeared. We ended up in McDonald’s instead!

However, the hotel was very pretty, and I ticked something off a bucket list: I spent the night in a four-poster bed. hotel dambach alsace france heart lamp
hotel dambach alsace france
The next morning the weather was gorgeous and we headed up a twisty-twiney road up the hill to the chateau Haut-Koeningsburg.  castle chateau haut koeningsborg

This castle was built in the 12th century and did a very important job, in my eyes: guarding the wine!  castle chateau haut koeningsborg view from window

We were so high up, the view was amazing. It was great to explore all the little nooks and crannies, and we loved the ceramic room warmers.

We decided to call into the town of Colmar for our dinner. We arrived at a funny time, keen to feed the boys at a reasonable time and not wishing to reproduce last night’s McDonald’s visit!

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What a pretty place this is! The Little Venice was where we sat for our meal of baguettes!

 Our next destination was the Hotel zum fröhlichen Landmann, alas we didn’t realise until we arrived that it has a Michelin bib. We really should have eaten dinner in the restaurant here!

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  1. deepeabee
    September 25, 2015 / 5:52 pm

    Wow looks amazing!

  2. October 5, 2015 / 12:41 pm

    Alsace is such a stunner, I love reading about it. And I’d love it if you’d link this up to my linky #AllAboutFrance which is open now.

  3. Elizabeth
    October 5, 2015 / 12:51 pm

    This looks like a wonderful trip. We are expats from the U.S. here and I know what you mean about old buildings, I can’t believe how old simple buildings are here and no one cares. ha! I hope i can put some of your recommendations to good use. I’m glad I found you at #MondayEscaps

  4. PriVin
    October 5, 2015 / 4:21 pm

    Alsace looks beautiful, love the stained glass windows!

  5. Urska
    October 6, 2015 / 12:47 pm

    Great photos. 🙂 Colmar is stunning. I went there last year to see its Christmas Market and I loved it. I hope, I would be able to visit Strabourg this pre-Christmas season. 🙂

  6. October 6, 2015 / 3:07 pm

    great photos! I’d love to visit Strasbourg!

  7. October 7, 2015 / 4:15 pm

    I’ve always wanted to explore this region and Strasbourg and Alsace in particular – even more so now! It looks so beautiful and everything you’ve described such as the scenery, pretty villages and medieval structures – right up my street! And I can’t believe how cheap the diesel is!! Thanks for liking up with #MondayEscapes

    • October 7, 2015 / 5:52 pm

      Oh man that diesel was the talk of the trip! A really pretty region; we are planning our next trip. This visit was very unplanned, so we didn’t really know what we could’ve seen.

  8. October 8, 2015 / 4:29 am

    Your photos are amazing! Would love to go to Alsace and Strasbourg some day, thanks for sharing 🙂 #MondayEscapes

  9. October 8, 2015 / 9:37 pm

    I love this region of France! I’ve been to Strasbourg and a little town called Wissembourg. So pretty! Great post 🙂

    • October 8, 2015 / 9:39 pm

      It is a really pretty region. We loved our time there. When did you visit?

      • October 8, 2015 / 9:47 pm

        It’s been quite a while since I was in Alsace – summer 2006! I was studying in Toulouse and did a weekend trip up there.

        • October 8, 2015 / 9:50 pm

          Very nice! I’ve never been to Toulouse; it looks beautiful.

          • October 8, 2015 / 11:05 pm

            I may be biased as part of my family is from the region but that area is a beautiful part of France 🙂

  10. October 21, 2015 / 6:30 pm

    thanks for linking up to #AllAboutFrance, I hope you’ll be back in November!

  11. October 24, 2015 / 7:46 pm

    We did a European roadtrip in 2006and it was amazing. Belgium to Luxembourg was one of our first legs. I loved the history, the beautiful towns and the ornate churches. Your post has brought it flooding back 🙂 #TotsTravel

  12. October 26, 2015 / 4:19 pm

    This is such a beautiful region. The food is a great combination of French with a German heartiness.

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