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Hello all We are planning a trip to Alsace in early September, and are wondering as where to stay. Any Suggestions? we have the RS book and have looked up his suggestions but would like second and third opinions. So any recommendations would be greatlt appriciated. thanks LT

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LT, I'd suggest staying in Colmar, as it's a good central location for visiting other sights in that area, and a smaller town with canals, nice restaurants and a great Museum (Unterlinden). The Guidebook recommends staying in Colmar rather than Strasbourg, and I definitely agree with that. I took a day trip to Strasbourg, but was much happier staying in Colmar. I can't comment on any of the other towns in that area. Happy travels!

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I did it the other way round, staying in Strasbourg and day tripping to Colmar. I was traveling in the off season and figured if it rained there'd be more to do in Strasbourg. Either would be good, but I just loved Strasbourg cathedral and was happy with the town and my hotel - - very close to the cathedral and a good breakfast buffet.

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We just returned from the Alsace and stayed in Ribeauville. I would recommend staying in any of the towns outside of Colmar. We aren't big city folks and prefer the smaller cities. Riquewhir, Bergheim, Ribeauville, St Hippolyte are all nice smaller towns in the Colmar area. Ribeauville and Riquewhir have a good "area" website for accomodation. Check Tripadvisor for additional reviews of various places.

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thank you so much for you help everyone

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Have stayed in Strasbourg on our first visit to Alsace and it was nice (stayed across the street from the cathedral), but the three times since then we've stayed in Ribeauville. It's centrally-located, has some great restaurants, a gorgeous setting (with vineyards coming up to the village and a couple of castles on the mountain overlooking the town. Other towns like Riquewihr or Eguiseim offer similar settings but we've particularly enjoyed Ribeauville. Regardless, I would recommend staying in one of the Route des Vins towns instead of Colmar or Strasbourg for a true Alsatian experience!

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I was in Alsace in April and stayed in Colmar - I did a day tour to the small villages (worth the cost and they were quite small, not sure I'd want to stay over at them necessarily) and day trip to Strasbourg. I had gotten used to Colmar and went to Strasbourg on a day when there was a heat wave (at least over 85 and humid) so perhaps it just wasn't enjoyable to me as a result but it was a typical city IMO and I preferred going back to Colmar at the end of the day.

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I have been everywhere in Alsace , i like to recommend that you stay in Munster, 15 min from Colmar and the Alsace Wine Road. It is really pretty town with lots of delicious speciality shops, like Gilg, an outstanding patisserie, and a farmers market on Tuesday's and Saturday's. The old main square has storks on each roof and you can just sit a terrace and enjoy the view ! We stayed in a house called Maison Bellevue and rented a self catering apartment with wifi and yes it has great views overlooking the Munster valley. It is a bit older style but has everything you need. And the good thing, you do not need a car as it is very close to the train station. Not to be missed the new Maison du fromage, all about the Munster cheese and nearly across the street is The Albert Schweitzer Museum, a man with a life well lived. we really enjoyed all the marked walking trails , you cannot get lost !
I want to go back for the Christmas market.

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Glad you spotted it Tom. I was just about to put together a lengthy reply. Now I don't have to bother.