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Alsace Region

Hi, we are looking spending some time in the Alsace Region in France. We are probably looking at spending 5 nights and 4 days in the area before returning to Paris.

I was hoping that some of you have been to this area before and may have suggestions of what to see and do. I am thinking we would get the train to Strasburg and then hire a car to travel the area.

Distances between locations do not seem that long so I was probably wanting to stay outside of the main town so again any suggestions would be appreciated.

Thanks
touringknights (Newcastle NSW Australia)

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The castle at Haut Koenigsbourg, on a mountain top overlooking Selestat and the Alsace plain across to the Black Forest mountains. http://www.haut-koenigsbourg.fr/en/the-castle/
The town of Selestat has a old historic center, not nearly as touristed as Colmar.

Kaysersberg, a beautiful Alsatian town just northwest of Colmar has some nice hotels and might be a candidate for a stay.
http://www.francethisway.com/places/kaysersberg.php
Birth place of Albert Schweitzer.

Colmar is worth a visit for its Unterlinden Museum and Bartholdi Museum (sculptor of the Statue of Liberty).
https://www.tourisme-colmar.com/en/visit/presentation/discover

Turckheim is a small old walled town nearby interesting for its small Colmar Pocket Museum, if WW II history is of interest.
http://musee.turckheim-alsace.com/Index_EN.htm

The village of Eguisheim, just south of Colmar is also worth looking at for a stay.
http://www.ot-eguisheim.fr/en/

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Firstly, it's Strasbourg (in French) or Strassburg (in German, now very rarely used). Strasburg is a medium-sized town in north-eastern Germany. You need to be clear on spellings as most transport sites won't automatically find misspellings, and you might end up booking to completely the wrong place.

If you want to explore smaller towns and villages in the region a car would probably be worthwhile, but there are lots of interesting sites in Strasbourg itself. Colmar is also a must-visit and can be reached from Strasbourg by train.

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The Petite-France area is quite popular and a charming area to stay while in Strasbourg. It's the historic area with canals and is quite picturesque. Stayed there almost 10 years ago and have quite fond memories. We then stayed 3 nights in Colmar visiting many of the villages mentioned above. They are so cute it's hard to tear yourself away and move on to the next!