After quite a bit of research (RS, other tourist books, and even the Plus Beaux Villages published in France), I looked forward to the Alsace wine road as the highlight of our trip.
I am a big fan of timbered buildings, but after a while there needs to be more than just that. There are plenty of hillsides covered in commercial vines, there are very few tasting rooms, and the wine industry is not commercialized like in Bordeaux or Beaune.
• Colmar was enchanting - with the buildings, the small canals, the covered market, the street market, the rowdy wine tasting pavillian, etc
• Kaysersberg was good but just a crowd of tourists and not much more than blocks and blocks of timbered buildings.
• Riquewihr - expecting more, got less. Its smaller than Kaysersberg, more expensive to park, and on a big hill. Its slightly classier than Kaysersberg, but really not that a great of place at all, and not particulary scenic for photos compared to the other places. Even more full of tourists.
• Hunawihr - Good free parking, and no traffic. No tourists. Almost everything seems closed. Other than the church on the hill, not really scenic at all. Huge dissapointment.
Koenigsbourg - (Château du Haut-Kœnigsbourg) - This is totally different any of the villages. This is not timbered village at all. This is fully reconstructed castle on a hill (akin to Carcassone) - which great views down on the valley, hiking trails, etc ... unfortunatley closed at 6 pm even in summer. So we didn't get to see anything inside. But walk around outside was nice, and various other toursits around too.