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alsace towns

My wife and I are planning a 4-week trip to France next spring.
From Dijon we would like to investigate the small towns of Eguisheim,
Kaysersberg, Ribeauvillé., Riquewihr. Can you suggest in which of these towns to stay and
for how long. Also, is Mulhouse a good location in which to stay, rent a car to see the above towns mentioned
and then return to Mulhouse. We would take a train from Dijon to Mulhouse. We're basically traveling through France
via trains.

Thank so for your input.
Sincerely,

Daniel Kolb

Posted by
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Hi Daniel - here's my 2 cents worth, as we were planning a trip this summer to Alsace, but decided (for a number of reasons) to head instead for Brittany, and save Alsace for another trip. We were going to stay in Kaysersberg and rent a car, but were also planning to rent bicycles for at least one day and tour some of the area on two wheels. Have a great trip!

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If you would enjoy visiting the car and train museums in Mulhouse, then that could be a reason to stay there. Otherwise, Colmar is Rick's preferred town in which to spend a few nights. TGV train is faster than driving to Mulhouse or Colmar, but it costs €35-50 per person in 2nd class, if not reserved well in advance.

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2847 posts

I think any of those town would be a good choice. We spent a week in Riquewihr w/o a car and it was great. Cars are not allowed in the center of town, but I believe there's parking just outside the gates. Kaysersberg or Ribeauville would also be very good choices.

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Last spring 2015 my wife and I spent a week in Alsace. We based ourselves in a lovely apartment in the center of old Colmar. We like renting apartments so that we can do our laundry, and have a kitchen available to make lunches and have breakfast. Parking was not a big hassle there. It was easy to do all the towns along the wine route. we did the northern towns one day and the southern on another day. Give yourself 2 or 3 days if you really want to experience Alsace. Just across the Vosages is the town of Munster as well if you like stinky cheese to go with your Pinot Gris ! Also a WWI Memorial up in the mountains nearby with remains of old trenches. you get a real feel for the conditions they were under up there. Eguisheim is a must! while there visit the Mann winery, just outside the old village. its just a small shack, but the owners are passionate, and they will teach you a lot about the terroir! If interested in staying in Colmar, send me a message and I can give you some recommendations. I highly recommend Colmar.

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15625 posts

Colmar will be the most convenient spot to stay to visit the towns you mention.

Posted by
31056 posts

I'd also recommend using Colmar for a "home base" for that area. It's a wonderful smaller town with some good hotels and restaurants, along with very scenic small canals. While there be sure to visit the wonderful Unterlinden Museum.

I'm visiting in May and will be staying in Colmar. Friends who live nearby suggested staying in Riquewhir but we wanted to spend our one evening walking Colmar.

Angelo