Cheap flights to Alsace

Alsace, one the 27 regions of France, is located on the country’s eastern border and on the west bank of the upper Rhine near Germany and Switzerland. The region’s political, economic, and cultural capital is Strasbourg. It is also the largest city within Alsace. The region is divided into two departments, namely Bas-Rhin and Haut-Rhin. Alsace experiences a semi-continental climate with cold and dry winters and hot summers.

What to see & do

As an important wine-producing region in France, wine tours within Alsace is a must. From Marlenheim to Thann, there is the 170-kilometre Route des Vins d’Alsace (Alsatian Vineyard Route). Vins d’Alsace (Alsace wines) are mostly white wines and has a strong German influence. Alsace is known for producing the world’s most notable dry rieslings. It is also the only region in France that produces mostly varietal wines identified by the names of the grapes used; the most popular of which is the Gewürztraminer. After wine tours, beer tasting in Alsace is a nice follow up, with the region also being known as the main beer-producing region of France. The breweries are located in and around Strasbourg, including Fischer, Karlsbrau, Kronenbourg, and Heineken International.

Aside from the vineyards, exploring Alsace will also show tourist several picturesque villages, churches, and castles. Some of the most notable attractions here include the old towns of Strasbourg, Colmar, Selestat, Guebwiller, Saverne, Obernai, and Thann; the gardens of the blue house in Uttenhoffen; the fortified church in Hunawihr; Chateau du Haut- Kœnigsbourg; Musee de l’automobile de Mulhouse; Cite du train museum in Mulhouse; the EDF museum in Mulhouse; the ecomusee (open air museum) in Ungersheim; Musee historique in Haguenau, the largest museum in Bas-Rhin; Bibliotheque humaniste in Selestat, one of the oldest public libraries in the world; the Christmas markets in Kaysersberg, Strasbourg, Mulhouse, and Colmar; Mount Ste Odile; Memorial d’Alsace-Lorraine in Schirmeck; the national park Parc naturel des Vosges du Nord; and the regional park Parc naturel des Ballons des Vosges. A drive or bike by the area where the Vosges mountains meet the Rhine valley offers a spectacular experience.

How to get around within Alsace

The rail network that serves Alsace is TER Alsace, which centres on the city of Strasbourg. It is also ideal to get around the region by car, especially when exploring the remote areas such as the little villages and the ruins of castles. Alsace is also crossed by three EuroVelo cycling routes – EuroVelo 5 (via Francigena from London to Rome/Brindisi), EuroVelo 6 (Veloroute des fleuves from Nantes to Budapest), and EuroVelo 15 (Veloroute Rhin/Rhine cycle route from Andermatt to Rotterdam).

How to get there

The two main international airports serving Alsace are Strasbourg International Airport in Entzheim, 10 kilometres west-southwest of Strasbourg; and EuroAirpost Basel-Mulhouse-Freiburg in Saint-Louise, 20 kilometres southeast of Mulhouse. The city of Strasbourg is also within reach from Frankfurt am Main International Airport (two hours away by road). From Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport, Strasbourg can be reached in about two hours and 30 minutes, via the direct TGV service, stopping at Terminal 2. The rail links to Germany and Switzerland also pass through Alsace.

Flights to Alsace

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