A couple of months ago we decided to leave for the weekend… we were not sure where to go so my husband decided to do a road trip to Alsace! To be completely honest with you I had no idea what to expect, I knew it was cute and nice and like a fairytale, but what I saw was beyond my expectations!
Friday: Geneva- Colmar
We left Geneva after work and drove directly to Colmar. To get there you literally drive across Switzerland. You need to pass via Lausanne, then go to Basel, Bern and then you go to the French side and get to Alsace. The whole way was aprox 3h30min so it is very doable for a weekend.
We arrived to Colmar and stayed at Les Colombiers, super recommended hotel in the center of Colmar! The welcoming was very nice, the rooms are lovely, clean and tastefully decorated. Perfect for the weekend. The hotel is built in a traditional house, therefore you can appreciate the Alsace architecture, a beautiful staircase and the patios.
Saturday – Colmar – Eguisheim – Riquewihr – Strasbourg
In the morning we had breakfast in this bagel place which was pretty cool called Bagel Stein. I had a muffin and a cookie and hubby had a bagel. It was nice to stop here, even if the hotel’s breakfast looked good; because since we were not going to have lunch in the village we wanted to see something else!
We walked through the village and took many pictures!
After the visit we hurried up to Josmeyer for a wine tasting, they close at 12:00 on Saturdays so you have to hurry up a little bit to make sure you can buy their wine! All their wine comes from Organic agriculture and it is one of the best wine houses in the region.
*Try the riesling wine “Les Pierrets”, it was our favorite!
After the wine tasting we headed to Eguisheim for lunch. During the wine tasting they recommended us La Hostellerie du Pape, which is in the entrance of the village. We had a great lunch there “plat du jour” with starter, main and dessert – everything perfect. After lunch, we visited the gorgeous village!
After Eguisheim we visited Riquewihr, also amazing! We went to a permanent Christmas boutique – Feriée de Nöel – , had a tea and headed to the Haut-Koenigsbourg Castle (pics below).
We arrived around 7:00 pm at Strasbourg, we stayed in a hotel that I didn’t like so I will not put it 🙂 I am sure you will be able to find nicer ones! Below of my wish list for next time:
For dinner, we made reservations at Chez Yvonne a traditional Winstub in the Center of Strasbourg, a couple of blocs away from the Cathedral. If you wan to go to a good Winstub it is mandatory to make reservations since they are very popular and get fully booked easily. Chez Yvonne 100% recommended!
Sunday – Strasbourg – Geneva
We strolled the colorful streets, took pictures and enjoyed the day! After we found a nice brasserie called MAX and decided to have lunch there. Inside it was suuuuper cute, very cozy and the service and food where on point! 100% recommended for a Sunday Lunch —> Pic below!
After lunch we took the boat around Strasbourg (a typical touristic attraction) which was nice since it gave us the chance to see more of the city :). BATORAMA —> Recommended to reserve your tickets in advance since they run out very fast!
Back to Geneva!
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