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Visiting Alsace

Highlights

The heart of Alsace as a whole beats to the rhythm of the seasons. A relentless beat which renders Alsace a place of festival and spectacle.

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Chrismas in Alsace, rendezvous in a enchanted land


In Alsace, Christmas is celebrated around the tree and Nativity scene, with little cakes and vin chaud…

Christmas is an enchanting time eagerly anticipated and prepared by all. The Alsatian Christmas represents a permanent invitation to discover new sensations and various forms of human creativity. Christmas in Alsace means the fabulous Christmas markets (there are almost a hundred over the region) which draw you into a world of magic (sleigh bells and Christmas carols), of taste and smells (spices, vin chaud, the scent of pines, honey, and cinnamon) and of light (illuminations and candles)… The entire region of Alsace recounts the sometimes extraordinary, and always amazing, story of Christmas around the world: from 25 November to 6 January.

Carnival, the rendezvous that pushes the boundaries


With the harshness of winter behind us, Carnival is the time to push the boundaries. Everyone clears the decks to watch ‘les fous’ parade through our towns’ streets.

The Mulhouse Carnival, in typically Rhineland tradition, is the most famous, colourful and festive. Don’t miss the madness which breaks with all convention!

Eclats de Pâques en Alsace, the unprecedented rendezvous


The original Eclats de Pâques in Alsace marks spring’s return. Colourful markets cover the Alsatian streets and come back year on year to offer local specialities; decorations, flowers and food.
You must take a delicious Lammele back with you, a cake in the form of an Easter lamb, an Alsatian favourite for all the family!

The International Festival of Colmar, the social rendezvous


Colmar, the capital of Alsatian wines, can be proud of a festival coveted the world over!
The International Festival, directed by Vladimir Spivakov, has been recognised as one of the best European festivals by the New York Times. This festival not only means a social and popular date for the diary but provides a carefully crafted programme for the most discerning of classical music buffs.
To be enjoyed every summer, in July.

Strasbourg Mon Amour, the romantic rendezvous


Alsace, home of the famous Saint Valentin….
Strasbourg, its capital, puts on lots of events based around the themes of romanticism and seduction. For a week, all over the city centre, hotels, restaurants, museums and ‘Strasbourg Mon Amour’ partners will welcome lovers as their guests of honour for a week like no other!