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Go on a road trip in Alsace for a 3-day weekend or a week’s holiday!

Go on a road trip in a van to discover Alsace. This region is rich in history thanks to its past with Germany and Switzerland. Escape to little Venice, or better known as Colmar. This city is also famous for its Christmas markets like Strasbourg. The territory is full of riches with picturesque villages, notably Eguisheim. Go on an adventure on the Alsace Wine Route and criss-cross the Vosges ridge route.

We offer two road-trip formats: one week and one three-day weekend. These itineraries are perfect for a romantic weekend in Alsace, or a week of family escape!

During this road trip in a van set up in Alsace, take the opportunity to taste the many Alsatian specialties. On the menu: the must-have sauerkraut and Flammekueche, as well as the spezles and pretzels.

These itineraries to visit Alsace are possible from a departure from our agencies in Colmar or Strasbourg.

Our tips for a successful road trip:

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Three-day getaway

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One-week stay

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Day 1: Colmar and the Alsace Wine Route (Eguisheim and Kayserberg)

After picking up your van from the Blacksheep Van de Colmar or Strasbourg agency, discover Colmar. This is the ideal starting point to visit Alsace in 3 days. Take a stroll through the city centre to admire the typical buildings of the area. Several places of interest are unmissable:

- the little Venice of Colmar, treat yourself to a short boat ride on the Lauch, a river that runs through the city,
- Rue des Merchants, where you can find many half-timbered houses,
- St. Martin's Collegiate Church in Colmar, more commonly known as Colmar Cathedral, is one of the largest Gothic-style churches in the department.
- the Unterlinden Museum: located in an exceptional setting (former convent), it houses archaeological remains and popular paintings
If your stay in Alsace takes place in winter, don't miss the Christmas markets (6 in total) which are very well known in Europe. You can immerse yourself in a festive atmosphere with the different chalets, decorations, specialties as well as the ice rink.

At the end of this tour, follow the Alsace Wine Route: a mythical route through picturesque villages, renowned winelands and surprising landscapes in the region. Start with Eguisheim: one of the most beautiful and typical of Alsace with its half-timbered houses. The peculiarity of the city: it is almost round because of its ramparts. Going around is a way to retrace the steps of the old round path. If you are lucky enough to go during the spring or summer, you can enjoy the many flowery elements of the village.

Second stop on the Alsace Wine Route: Kaysersberg, with its historic centre, its Schlossberg Castle, literally translated from German as "Castle Mountain" overlooking the valley. There is also the church of Sainte-Croix and its past with Barbarossa as well as the vineyards to visit in the surrounding area.

It's time to find a nice little place to spend the night and cook your first meal aboard the van. Don't forget the Park4Night app or the Blacksheepapp. For your first shower, do not hesitate to read our article on hygiene in van,it can guide you if you are a little lost on the different options.

Day 2: The Alsace Wine Route (High Koenigsbourg) and Mont Sainte-Odile

Continue this roadtrip in Alsace on the Alsace Wine Route with a visit to the castle of Upper Koenigsbourg. Built in the 12th century, it is arguably the most famous castle in the region. Completely restored in the 20th century, his visit will immerse you in an authentic medieval atmosphere. From above, you'll have a stunning view of the surrounding area.

To end the day, head to Mont Sainte-Odile. Perched nearly 750 metres away, it is a must-see place in Alsace for tourists and pilgrims alike. This site is dedicated to Saint Odile, the patron saint of Alsace where many believers come to gather but also enjoy the exceptional natural setting. It is also the perfect opportunity to hike and discover the site through the various marked paths. We recommend the pagan wall, an old 11 km enclosure that goes around the plateau.

In the evening, when you are comfortably settled and you will look at the sublime photos you have taken in the last two days... Don't hesitate to tag us on social networks(Facebook or Instagram)! The Blacksheep team will be delighted to follow your adventures aboard their campervan! (And it's also an opportunity to squiring with your friends and family).

Day 3: The Road of a Thousand Ponds

For this last day of road trip in Alsace towards the Vosges. Discover the road of a thousand ponds and be surprised by the beauty of the Vosges. It is a rather unique place: developed by man in the Middle Ages to develop fish farming. This region is renowned for its genuine environmental interest through its wetlands and its particular flora.

There are several hiking trails to take you through the many forests, ponds and bogs. The best known is Little Finland (1h) which takes its name by its resemblance to the lake region of Finland. This hike will take you through the different lakes to offer you the most beautiful panoramas of the region. You can also take a second walk: ponds and meadows (45 min) that will take you across the Vosges to discover the atypical landscapes of this area.

You can also follow the Escape of 1000 ponds with your van with 6 major steps to discover must-see places.

So want to be tempted by this road-trip in a van set up in Alsace? Want to visit Alsace in 3 days or a week? Need more information? Don't hesitate to call our agency on 0)9 51 38 88 15 or to contact us by email: contact@blacksheep-van.com. See you on the road very soon!

Are you interested in another destination? France is full of beautiful landscapes that you have surely not yet discovered! Don't hesitate to discover our road-trip ideas!

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Day 1: Colmar and the Alsace Wine Route (Eguisheim and Kayserberg)

After picking up your van from the Blacksheep Van de Colmar or Strasbourg agency, discover Colmar. This is the ideal starting point to visit Alsace in a week. Take a stroll through the city centre to admire the typical buildings of the area. Several places of interest are unmissable:

- the little Venice of Colmar , treat yourself to a short boat ride on the Lauch, a river that runs through the city,
- Rue des Merchants, where you can find many half-timbered houses,
- St. Martin's Collegiate Church in Colmar, more commonly known as Colmar Cathedral, is one of the largest Gothic-style churches in the department.
- the Unterlinden Museum: located in an exceptional setting (former convent), it houses archaeological remains and popular paintings
If your stay in Alsace takes place in winter, don't miss the Christmas markets (6 in total) which are very well known in Europe. You can immerse yourself in a festive atmosphere with the different chalets, decorations, specialties as well as the ice rink.

wine route - eiguisheim

At the end of this tour, follow the Alsace Wine Route: a mythical route through picturesque villages, renowned winelands and surprising landscapes in the region. Start with Eguisheim: one of the most beautiful and typical of Alsace with its half-timbered houses. The peculiarity of the city: it is almost round because of its ramparts. Going around is a way to retrace the steps of the old round path. If you are lucky enough to go during the spring or summer, you can enjoy the many flowery elements of the village.

Second stop on the Alsace Wine Route: Kaysersberg, with its historic centre, its Schlossberg Castle, literally translated from German as "Castle Mountain" overlooking the valley. There is also the church of Sainte-Croix and its past with Barbarossa as well as the vineyards to visit in the surrounding area.

It's time to find a nice little place to spend the night and cook your first meal aboard the van. Don't forget the Park4Night app or the Blacksheepapp. For your first shower, do not hesitate to read our article on hygiene in van,it can guide you if you are a little lost on the different options.

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Day 2: Riquewihr and Ribeauvillé

For this second day of roadtrip in Alsace, we continue on the Alsace wine route in a van: towards the small village of Riquewihr. It is one of the most well-known villages in the region and surely the most visited. The reason? Its charm! Located in the middle of the vineyards, you will be seduced by the setting, the many colorful half-timbered houses but also the small cobblestone streets. Take the rue du Général de Gaulle, which runs from City Hall to the Dolder (belfry of the city) to discover the city.

If you enjoy wine, don't miss the Agapé estate for a visit and a tasting of the great alsace wines.

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Then continue to Ribeauvillé, named after the Ribeaupierre family, which was part of the Alsatian nobility. At that time, they built three castles whose remains can still be visited today:

- St Ulrich Castle: you can observe the different architectural styles (Roman style, Gothic...)
- Girsberg Castle: with the pentagonal dungeon as well as the adjoining house. Access to the castle is on foot via a hiking trail of the "Circuit of the Three Castles" (GR5). You can leave from the Lutzelbach car park in Ribeauvillé.
- the castle of Haut-Ribeaupierre: it is the oldest of the three castles, it is being renovated in order to consolidate the walls.
- Other vestiges of medieval life: the ramparts and defensive towers. Continue on the Grand'Rue, its flowery buildings and fountains, as well as the town hall, the tower of the Butchers and the house of the minnows...

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Day 3: The Alsace Wine Route (High Koenigsbourg) and Mont Sainte-Odile

Last day on the Alsace Wine Route,we end with a visit to the castle of Haut-Koenigsbourg. Built in the 12th century, it is arguably the most famous castle in Alsace. Completely restored in the 20th century, his visit will immerse you in an authentic medieval atmosphere. From above, you'll have a stunning view of the surrounding area.

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To end the day, head to Mont Sainte-Odile. Perched nearly 750 metres away, it is a must-see place in Alsace for tourists and pilgrims alike. This site is dedicated to Saint Odile, the patron saint of Alsace where many believers come to gather but also enjoy the exceptional natural setting. It is also the perfect opportunity to hike and discover the site through the various marked paths. We recommend the pagan wall, an old 11 km enclosure that goes around the plateau.

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Day 4: The route of the vosges ridges and the tour of the Vosgian lakes (Gérardmer, Longemer...)

Today you are offered to continue your roadtrip in Alsace and walk in the Vosges. Go on a hike to discover the lakes of Vosgiens, including Lac Blanc, Lac Noir, Lake Vert, Lac de Blanchemer or the must-see Longemer and Gérardmer. There will be no shortage of activities... You can choose between hiking for a lake tour, a picnic by the water, kayaking, swimming, and any other nautical activity...!

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Continue your road trip in Alsace on the road to the ridges of Alsace in the heart of the Vosges massif! You will pass through the Bonhomme pass, the Schlucht pass, the Hohneck massif, the Markstein, the Grand Ballon (the highest point of the Vosges) or the Old Armand. Snake the roads in this natural and green setting mixing forests and pastures. Don't hesitate to stop for a walk and be surprised by the breathtaking panoramas!

After finding a great place to sleep and while you prepare a nice little dish... Take the opportunity to post your best photos on the networks and not forget to tag us(Facebook, Instagram).

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Day 5

The fifth day of this road trip in Alsace,walk from lock to lock at the water's edge between the Eastern Canal and the Coney where nature has gradually regained its rights. Discover the ruins of the castle in Fontenoy-le-Château. Discover the legends of the Void d'Escles forest through the path of the White Lady: the Druid valley, the Fairy vat, the Saint Martin cave... You can also take a short detour to visit the ancient Cistercian Abbey in Droiteval or the Tatal Bridge in Claudon.

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Day 6: The Road of a Thousand Ponds

For this penultimate day of road trip in Alsace,let yourself be surprised by the beauty of the Vosges. Discover the road of a thousand ponds! It is a rather unique place: developed by man in the Middle Ages to develop fish farming. This region is renowned for its genuine environmental interest through its wetlands and its particular flora.

There are several hiking trails to take you through the many forests, ponds and bogs. The best known is Little Finland (1h) which takes its name by its resemblance to the lake region of Finland. This hike will take you through the different lakes to offer you the most beautiful panoramas of the region. You can also take a second walk: ponds and meadows (45 min) that will take you across the Vosges to discover the atypical landscapes of this area.

You can also follow the Escape of 1000 ponds with your van with 6 major steps to discover must-see places.

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Day 7: Alsace Balloon Summit and ecomuseum

Last day of your stay in Alsace! Explore the Ballon d'Alsace, a must-see in the region. This is the perfect opportunity to take a big breath of fresh air, ideal in spring and summer for hiking and skiing in the winter with its two ski areas. Depending on your level and your desires, many hikes/walks are offered to go around. If you are looking for a short 2 hour walk accessible to all, you can follow this route that will take you through the forest and make you enjoy the beautiful landscapes.

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To end this week of roadtrip in Alsace,immerse yourself in Alsatian culture with the eco-museum of Alsace that will make you live the daily life of an Alsatian in the twentieth century. This museum is the largest open-air museum in France and has more than 70 traditional buildings: houses, farm, craftsmen's workshops... As well as more than 40,000 objects donated by the locals that bear witness to the daily life of the inhabitants of the region until 1950. There is also a walking route, agricultural plantations as well as a farm and the presence of storks: emblem of Alsace.

So want to be tempted by this road-trip in a van set up in Alsace? Want to visit Alsace in 3 days or a week? Need more information? Don't hesitate to call our agency on 0)9 51 38 88 15 or to contact us by email: contact@blacksheep-van.com. See you on the road very soon!

Are you interested in another destination? France is full of beautiful landscapes that you have surely not yet discovered! Don't hesitate to discover our road-trip ideas!