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For centuries Alsace was a real bone of contention for kings and emperors. And this is exactly what makes this very special region on the border between Germany and France so attractive. Settle down in a holiday apartment in the cosy idyll and explore picturesque vineyards, medieval villages and breathtaking mountains. Of course, the offer is particularly large in the larger cities like the architecturally impressive Colmar, Mulhouse, Riquewihr and Thann on the Alsatian Wine Route. For culture lovers, an apartment or vacation rental in the metropolis of Strasbourg is also particularly attractive. After all, there are places of interest like the tanner quarter Petite France, the Palais Rohan as well as the former imperial palace Palais du Rhin. Nature lovers, on the other hand, also get their money's worth in smaller towns such as Ostheim, Bergheim and Wasserbourg at the foot of the Vosges mountains.
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Did you know that Alsace alone has a network of over 2,000 kilometres of perfectly asphalted cycle paths? Gravel tracks, trails and lonely country roads, which are also excellent for cycling, are not even included. So there's plenty to see and do for both pleasure cyclists and ambitious cyclists. Among the most recommendable cycling routes are the towpaths that meander along the banks of the countless Alsatian canals. In addition to the route Marlenheim - Molsheim on the Alsatian Wine Route and the Woerth - Lambach Route on the former Maginot Line, this also includes the Lautertalradweg. Racing cyclists and mountain bikers, on the other hand, are attracted by the crisp ascents of the Vosges mountains. Climb the peaks of monumental mountains such as the 1,424 metre Grand Ballon and reward yourself with a rapid descent while enjoying the views. No matter whether you want to use your vacation rental as a starting point for hikes or cycling tours, Alsace is not only a beautiful landscape, but also has countless historical sights that line up along the paths like a string of pearls. It is therefore easy for history fans to integrate Hohkönigsburg Castle near Orschwiller, Burg Fleckenstein or the ruins of the Maginot Line into their tours and thus immerse themselves in the past.
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The starting signal for the event year in Alsace is already given in February, when the humour festival in Herrlisheim is the first highlight of the year. The "FestiVitas" culinary festival, which also takes place in February, attracts traveling gourmets as well as light the moths. The next event is the International Carnival in Mulhouse in March, where colourfully dressed jecken from France, Germany and other parts of Europe come together for a top-class carnival party. Art lovers will also be able to enjoy the ExpeériMAMCS festival in Strasbourg in spring. The festival continues with the Munster Jazz Festival in May, the L'Outre Open-Air-Music Festival and the Froschfest in July as well as the Festival of the Town Musicians in Ribeauville in September. In addition, there are the countless wine festivals that stretch from late summer to far into autumn and invite you to taste some of the fine wines.Best travel time
The dry and warm climate in Alsace provides good travel conditions for sightseeing tours in Strasbourg, Colmar and Co. already in spring. However, if you want to hike or cycle in the Vosges, it is better to book your vacation rental between June and September, when up to 10 hours of sunshine a day will entice you. Wine lovers, on the other hand, take advantage of the low season in September and October, when the entire region smells of tarte flambée and the winegrowers fetch their fine wines from the cellars for the wine festivals.
Did you know that in Alsace lies the town of sauerkraut - Krautergerseheim?
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Located in the heart of Alsace, the city of Riquewihr invites you to discover its charm and richness, as well as the cultural heritage of the region: the surrounding villages are among the most beautiful in the country and the museums, theme parks and zoos provide you with a wealth of information. Get to know the diversity of the landscape, which is characterised by the foothills of the Vosges mountains and vineyards, and cycle, ride a horse or hike in a very special setting. In and around Riquewihr - along the Wine Route - you can also immerse yourself in the world of wine.
2 In Rappoltsweiler and its surroundings in the Oberelsass you will again embark on a historical voyage of discovery. The Jewish community formed in the 14th century was completely wiped out by the pogroms in 1338 and 1349, before Jewish people settled here again in 1375. They lived mainly on the money market and lived in the "Judengasse", where a synagogue was built in the 14th century. Between the 15th and 17th centuries there were again no Jews living in Rappoltsweiler - the roots of the modern Israeli community, which belongs to the large communities in Alsace, lie towards the end of the Thirty Years' War.
3 The city of Strasbourg is certainly one of the most popular destinations in Alsace. It is one of the most beautiful cities in the world and the famous landmark Strasbourg Cathedral (French: Cathédrale Notre-Dame) celebrates its 1000th anniversary in 2015. The Münsterplatz in front of the landmark is considered to be one of the most beautiful market places in Europe thanks, among other things, to the picturesque half-timbered houses surrounding it. It is also noteworthy that the entire centre of the city (Grande Ile) has been declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO because of its diverse architecture - an entire city centre very rarely receives this award.
Eguisheim also has such charm, albeit in a smaller format: a stroll through the cobbled streets of the typical Alsatian village, which meander around the castle complex (Château Eguisheim) in the heart of the village, offers you wonderful views and insights at almost every corner. The picturesque charm of Eguisheim is further enhanced by the half-timbered houses covered in flowers and the historic old town.
5. Gebweiler and the surrounding area at the Lauch and at the beginning of the famous Florival valley attract their visitors again with its interesting cultural heritage. For example, you can admire three churches from different eras (Gothic, Romanesque, Neoclassical). In addition, the city is an ideal starting point for day trips into the surrounding valleys - here you can hike, cycle or simply enjoy nature.
FAQs: Vacation Rentals in Alsace
How much do the vacation rentals in Alsace cost on average?
Last year, rentals in Alsace had an annual average price of around $165 per night.
When are vacation rentals cheaper in Alsace?
Those who want to be budget-friendly should travel to Alsace in September, June, or May, which are the months that offer the most discount, with average prices of $154, $155, and $156 per night, respectively, based on the previous year.
When does the price of vacation rentals in Alsace go up the most?
It can be concluded, by analyzing the data from the previous year, that costs per night for accommodation here are usually higher, on average, during the months of December ($200), January ($177), and November ($172).
Are there usually many vacation rentals available in Alsace?
It is better to book sooner than later in Alsace as only 39% of the properties are free throughout the year, according to last year's data.
What time of the year can I find more available vacation rentals?
Last year, the months with the largest number of available properties of the year in Alsace were April, March and May, with average availabilities of 64%, 56%, and 51%, respectively.
When are there fewer vacation rental options available in Alsace?
According to data from last year, the months when it is most difficult to find accommodation in Alsace are, in order, December (with 9% of available rentals), August (20%), and July (28%). During these three months, the availability is only 19%. It is therefore preferable to reserve far in advance.
Are there many rentals in Alsace?
Holidu has around 5,400 vacation rentals in Alsace, provided by 33 different partners.