Bellevue - "Nid d'amour" is one of three self-contained apartments and occupies the third floor in a traditional Alsatian house in picturesque Munster, famous for it?s rooftop stork nests and unique Munster cheese, right in the heart of Alsace. more info...
Alsace has a unique Franco-German character, and nowhere is that better felt than in the region's main city, Strasbourg. A bustling, international place, this is the seat of the European Parliament, and you can expect to hear lots of German, English and French being spoken in the streets. The city has great restaurants and a lively cultural scene, but it's monuments are worth seeking out too. Visit the stunning Cath?drale Notre Dame (built 1176) and stroll the well-kept streets of the 'Petite France' district.
While Strasbourg is definitely worth visiting, Alsace is better known for its pretty, green countryside. With more feudal castles than any other region in Europe (some 400 total), the region's history is visible at every turn, and simply exploring the country roads and small villages here is one of the best ways to get to know Alsace. Stop by towns like Barr, with its cobblestone streets and flower-filled balconies, and Riquewihr, a perfectly-preserved medieval village.
As an important white wine region, Alsace's gastronomic offerings don't disappoint. Enjoy the region's light, flowery white wines, especially the Riesling, Pinot Blanc and Gew?rztraminer varieties. Regional food specialties include pat? (there are more than 40 regional varieties) and chicken cooked in Riesling wine.
Alsace enjoys long summers and mild autumns, which means anytime from March through November can be pleasant for visiting its medieval towns. Winters are cold and damp, and during these months you'll pretty much have the place to yourself.
Strasbourg has its own airport with regular flights coming and going from selected French and European airports and also from London.
Easyjet fly to Mulhouse-Basel and so does Ryan Air.
There are good train connections from Paris (which is about 300 miles away) and other parts of France. TGVEST connect Eurostar direct to Dysneyland, Strasbourg and Colmar.
If you're driving you'll find excellent highways heading to Strasbourg from Paris, Amsterdam, Brussels, Luxembourg and Bonn. Once in the region, having your own car is the only good way to search out the small villages and hidden corners of the countryside.
The rolling green hills of Alsace provide a soothing backdrop for all kinds of outdoor activities. Paths for walkers, bikers or horseback riders meander among the vineyards and towns of Alsace. Most are very well marked and are easy to follow even if you're not equipped with a compass or detailed map. For an easy hike, try to walk part of the 'Route des Vins,' a 170-km route wandering through towns and vineyards. For more of a challenge, try trails in the Vosges mountains. Golfers can head out to one of nine courses, where there's something available for all levels. One of the major draws of golfing here is the lovely scenery.
There are numerous lakes dotting Alsace, and in summer canoeing and fishing are popular with locals and visitors. In a few areas, especially around Huningue, you can even try whitewater rafting.
In winter the ski resort of Vosges offers a few decent downhill runs and some good cross-country skiing.