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Traveling in nothern Alsace

Planning a trip here in May to visit the village my great great grandparents came from: Hatten. Never been to this region. Any suggestions on worthwhile places to visit, hike, or stay? Merci!

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Hatten looks to be about 45 minutes north of Strasbourg by car. I think of Strasbourg as being the northernmost city of the Alsace wine region. You could spend a day in Strasbourg and probably a day exploring a few villages in the northern part of the Alsace wine route, Obernai and Ribeauville. You will be very close to the Rhine. You could consider some places in Germany like Heidelberg or the Black Forest.

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You will be in a pocket tight up to the German border. My Family came from North of there, and well South of there, but the whole region really swept back and forth between German and French, so it is a mix of cultures.

Strasbourg was mentioned, you could also go just across the border to Baden-Baden, a nice resort town with a couple Baths, a classic casino if that interests you, but a historic center worth a visit.

If someone has an interest in Military history, there are a few Maginot Line structures that might be a possibility. Other than that, you might look into a Lonely Planet guide for the area, they tend to be rather extensive, there may be some specialized guides available as well.

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We spent a few days not too far from Hatten in September 2016, visiting my husband’s ancestral villages in Alsace. We stayed in a small B&B in Langensoultzbach, Chambres d’hote La Bouill’Hote, which worked very well for us. Enjoyed a morning just strolling that town, and one afternoon we visited Fort Schoenenbourg, one of the Maginot Line fortifications. Very interesting with a lot of helpful explanations in English. Enjoy your trip!

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We stayed in the Alsace region this last Sept. Based in Colmar, which is a really lovely city with canals. We were able to rent bikes and biked though the wine region, which was so fun, hit many small villages that day on bikes. Also had a car so we went over to Germany and did the Black Forest region as well. Drove up to Strasbourg too. The whole area is wonderful, have fun!

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I spent about 6 days in the Alsace region in 2018. Besides Colmar, I found Eguisheim, Hunawhir, Obernai and Turckheim to be excellent places to visit. In addition, a trip up to St. Odile is really nice. Even though you can bus and train to some villages, I found the use of a car quite advantageous in this area and a time saver. I stayed in Obernai at the Le Parc Hotel. It is a beautiful wine region. Enjoy.